5 Things You Should Know…

1. It’s possible to have a personal relationship with God!

2. You are loved!

3. Don’t give up,
God’s mercy is greater!

4. Keep the faith,
but not to yourself!

5. See you at Mass this Sunday!

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Cyberbullying–it’s not a joke

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For your reference, below is a copy of the cyberbullying presentation:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2LFU5VR80k5MG5sai1yQWJEUUU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Additional Resources:
http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/

For parents:
http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/
http://cyberbullying.us/

In Spanish:
http://espanol.stopbullying.gov/acoso-por-internet/10sb/
ttp://espanol.stopbullying.gov/acoso-por-internet/prevenci%C3%B3n/128m/

 

You can read the Bible!

Last night at La Luz, we had a nice little discussion about the Bible and I mentioned some tips for reading and studying the book. (You can read these tips here: How Do I Start Reading the Bible? | LifeTeen.com for Catholic Youth.)

I forgot to include some great electronic references. There are a number of Bible apps out there for both Android and Apple users. But you don’t want any old Bible app. It’s important to make sure you have a legit Catholic version of the Bible. (One approved by the Bishops). I’ve compiled a list of good apps below.

For Android (they’re all free!):

Catholic Study Bible App by Ignatius + Lighthouse (for Apple too!)
This app is awesome!

  • Thorough introduction and explanation of each book
  • Study questions
  • You can bookmark verses
  • Easily access different chapters
  • Daily Mass readings
  • Maps of Biblical regions
  • Can purchase additional study aids through the app

Jesuit Prayer App by the Jesuits
I use this app every day.

  • Daily reading, reflection, and prayer
  • Quick and easy…takes maybe 5 minutes
  • You can set an alarm to remind you to use the app
Laudate #1 Free Catholic App by Aycka Soft
This app has just about everything…it’s pretty amazing.
  • New American Bible
  • Daily readings and reflection
  • Saint of the Day
  • Order of Mass
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Catholic prayers (Act of Contrition, Rosary, prayers to saints…)
  • The Catechism
For Apple:
(I use Android, so I am unable to check out these apps. I hope they’re good!)
Catholic New American Bible, Revised Edition by Greg Fairbrother
  • Daily readings
  • Good reviews
  • Approved by the Bishops
  • $2.99

Catholic Bible by Just1Word, Inc

  • Good reviews
  • Approved by the Bishops
  • $1.99

 

Don’t know where to start reading? Choose from the list below!

Old Testament:

Deuteronomy 31:8: The Lord will never forsake you

Psalm 37:3-4: Trust and delight in the Lord

Sirach 6:6-7; 14-15: Faithful friend

Isaiah 40:30-31: Hope in the Lord renews strength

Jeremiah 1:4-8: Not too young

Micah 6:8: Requirements

 

New Testament:

Matthew 6:19-21: Where your treasure is

Matthew 6:25-34: Do not worry; trust in God

Matthew 7:7-8: Answer to prayers

Matthew 16:24-28: Take up the cross

Matthew 6:5-15 and Luke 11:1-13: Teachings on prayer

Mark 12: 30-31: The greatest commandment

Mark 10:17-31: Who can be saved?

Luke 6:12-16: Night in prayer & the 12 disciples

John 3:16-21: God sent Jesus to us

John 15:5: Without Jesus, you can do nothing

Romans 8:31-32: God is for us, no one can be against us

Romans 12:1-2: Do not conform to this age; seek will of God.

Philippians 1:9-10: Increase love

Galatians 5:19-26: Guided by the Spirit

1 Timothy 4:12: Youth

2 Timothy 1:6-8: Power, love, self-control

 

Stories & Parables:

Luke 4:1-13: Temptation of Jesus

Luke 10:38-42: Martha and Mary

Luke 15:11-32: Prodigal Son

John chapter 11: Raising of Lazarus

(Disclaimer: Beware of taking verses of the Bible out of context. This is a list of verses that I thought were especially good. Even through the focus is sometimes a single verse, read the text around the verse to get a better understanding of its meaning.)

Why do Catholics do that???

Hot topic: Confession.

Why do we have to go to confession?images

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not my favorite sacrament. I used to have a mini-breakdown every time I had to go to confession. I go more frequently now, and I think that makes it a bit easier. But I think what helped me the most is the realization that God does not want us to be ashamed. When the priest hears us confess, he does not judge us. He’s rooting for us. God is rooting for us; he is in our corner. When we confess, we are turning away from sin, and turning towards God. This is a wonderful thing! And God loves us for it. Remember, he loves you more than you can possibly understand.

Okay, I realize that doesn’t quite answer the question “why do we have to go to confession?” So why do we have to tell a priest all the darkest, scariest, things we’ve done in order to receive forgiveness? Short answer: priests have the ability to grant absolution and remove sin from our souls. And then we are given new life! How freeing!

Click the link below to read a more thorough answer provided by LifeTeen. (I’d copy and paste their response here, but I can’t afford to be sued over plagiarism. I’m on a stipend, after all.)

Why Do Catholics Confess Their Sins to a Priest?

 

 

Holy Thursday

Today is Holy Thursday, the beginning of Triduum. If you go to mass tonight (and you should–it’s at 6:00pm, St. Mary, Aberdeen) you will witness an extraordinary act: the washing of the feet.

During mass, the priest washes the feet of the parishioners, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.

This event, which takes place only in the Gospel of John (chapter 13 verses 1-20) is not something to be taken lightly. Jesus took off his outer garments, tied a towel around his waist, poured water in a basin, and washed the feet of his disciples.

To grasp the magnitude of this scene, we must first understand some history.

People in those days didn’t have cars or even bicycles. They walked everywhere. And they wore sandals. The roads weren’t paved, they were made of dirt. Consider how filthy feet would have been in those days.  Washing another’s feet was something that not even the lowest of slaves could be asked to do.

But Jesus washed the disciples feet.  The King of Kings, God of the Universe, washes feet. He performed an act that was so humble, so lowly, that it was considered beneath the dignity even of a slave.

Why? What is he trying to teach us?

I think Jesus was teaching us humility. The first shall be last and vice versa.  People get all wrapped up in the idea of power, and gaining status. Jesus, God incarnate, came to serve us, and to die for us. We ought to serve one another, regardless of status. We need to look at the world in a different way.

“You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master’ and rightly so,” Jesus says, “for indeed I am. If I therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.”