Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning November 3, 2013
Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“I will bless your name forever, my King and my God.” Psalm 145
November 3rd is the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. “He wasn’t planning to have guests over that day. He just wanted to see. He wanted to see who Jesus was. So he climbed a tree. Zacchaeus was probably about my height, but I’ve never come close to being able to climb a tree. Fortunately for him, the closest tree was a sycamore fig, much easier to climb than my local maples. Zacchaeus wasn’t planning on being seen. But Jesus looked up. And Jesus did know who Zacchaeus was. So Jesus invited himself over for the day. He wasn’t planning to change any time soon. Zacchaeus was entitled to extort as much from the taxpayers as he dared, as long as Rome got its proper assessment. He had done quite well for himself and everyone around knew how. Today, however, he just wanted to see. But something happened. He saw Jesus and it changed him. When we gather for liturgy we are often not ready to see Christ everywhere he is. Before the first step is taken down the aisle, before the first note resounds through the space, Christ is present in and among his assembled Body, the Church. Look around. The building is filled with human icons of Christ. Each face bears his cross carved invisibly on the forehead at baptism. What invitation to change does Christ have for us today, written on the faces of our brothers and sisters?” Margaret Bick, November Living with Christ, page 39 Thank you Jesus for looking for me like you looked up to see Zacchaeus. We want you to come to visit us today. Help us to recognize you when you arrive. Be aware that in all people who cross your path this day, you welcome Jesus incarnate.
November 4th is the memorial of St Charles Borromeo. “Charles lived in the sixteenth century. He was the son of a rich Italian count and the nephew of Pope Pius IV. Like other wealthy young men, he went to the University of Pavia. Unlike many of them, however, he would have nothing to do with sinful activities. He seemed to be a slow student because he was not a good speaker, but he made good progress. He was only twenty-three when his uncle, Pope Pius IV, gave him many important duties. Charles managed to handle all his affairs well. He was always afraid that he might stray from God because of the many temptations around him. For this reason, he was careful to focus his attention on prayer and his duties and to make the effort to be humble and patient. As a priest and later as the cardinal archbishop of Milan, St. Charles was a model for his people. He gave away great amounts of money to the poor. He dressed as simply as he could, but with the respectability expected of a cardinal. He attended with great care to the dignity owed to Church ceremonies. In Milan the people had many bad practices and much superstition. By wise laws, by gentle kindness, and by his own marvelous example, St Charles made his diocese a model for the whole Church. He was never a good speaker – people could barely hear him – yet his words took effect. When a terrible disease caused many deaths in Milan, Cardinal Borromeo thought only of caring for his people. He prayed and did penance. He organized crews of attendants and went into debt to feed the hungry. He even had altars set up in the streets. This was for the benefit of the sick, who could assist at Mass from their windows. This great man was never too busy to help simple people.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol 2, pages 225-226. Holy Spirit inspire us to be a good example to those around us. Give us the wisdom to know how to help the poor and those who struggle. Be kind to your elbow partners today.
November 9th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. “The Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome is the pope’s own church. It is considered the head and mother of all churches in the world. It is enriched with relics of Christ’s suffering and death and of many martyrs. Originally, this basilica was the palace of a rich Roman senator name Plautius Lateranus. When he died, the emperor Constantine inherited the house. Constantine built a chapel in its walls, which he had dedicated to St. John the Baptist. There was a second altar dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. The popes lived at the Lateran Basilica until the time of Pope Gregory XI. When this pope returned from Avignon, he took up residence in St. Peter’s Basilica, or the Vatican, and the popes have resided there ever since. Today’s feast day reminds us to value the church buildings dedicated to the service and workshop of God.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol 2, pages 234-235. God of all goodness, shelter us in our domestic churches like you’ve protected the popes. Remind us to be hospitable when others need a welcoming space. Imagine your school today like a church. How can your school become a house of prayer and service?
Serving in the Light of Christ – a quote for the week
“be ardent is spirit, serve the Lord” Romans 12:11
Equity and Inclusive Education – The Power of Targeted Interventions
“Gender Reichert and Hawley also asked male students aged 12 to 19 to share their thoughts about effective teaching. The teacher qualities that the boys said contributed to their learning included lightheartedness and good humour, patience, and belief in their students’ abilities. It is evident from the student responses that building positive relationships is an essential component of an effective learning environment for boys. While positive relationships with teachers have value for all students, they particularly work for boys. Sound pedagogy in a caring and responsive environment will reap great rewards for boys. It they feel valued by their teachers, then they will be motivated to learn. If they feel supported, they will feel safe about taking chances.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All page 131-132
A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
“REMEMBERING THE FAITHFULLY DEPARTED
One would expect the feast of All Souls to have existed at least as long as All Saints. It hasn’t. All Souls is more a medieval than an early-church feast. Its origins are found in Peter Damiani’s Life of St. Odilo, namely in terms of a pilgrim returning from the Holy Lady who found himself cast up on a desolate island and in the company of the resident hermit. The hermit told of a chasm between great rocks from which arose constantly the cries of the tormented. They came from that place called Purgatory, and along with the cries came what? Deprecations from the keepers of the tormented against the faithful – especially the monks at Cluny – for the efficacy of their prayers. Seems these prayers were rescuing souls from a fate the tormentors would have otherwise inflicted. They were going to heaven. On his return to France, the pilgrim informed the abbot of Cluny of the experience, and, impressed, the abbot set apart November 2 as a day of prayerful remembrance for the faithfully departed that they might the sooner achieve the Beatific Vision. From Cluny the observance spread to other Cluniac communities, thence among Carthusians, thence the dioceses of France. All this occurred around the year 1000. French remembrance soon became a feast of the church, though not a holy day of obligation. Indeed, the feast achieved such popularity that around 1888 Pope Leo XIII was asked if priests might be allowed trination privileges on that day – that is, permission to celebrate three Masses. He said no, but was reversed in 1915, when Benedict XV, out of love for the soldier dead of World War I, said yes. All Souls isn’t observed so popularly as it used to be, not so quaintly. Once upon a time Catholics believed that the dead returned to their homes on All Souls Day, and they left a collation – milk, biscuits, cakes – as a welcome. Today many Catholics doubt the very existence of a Purgatory.” +John Deedy
28 Different Ways to Pray
“As Jesus taught us by His word and example, daily prayer is essential for all Christians. Our individual prayer life follows the rhythm of our daily life. ……Way #25 Fasting as Prayer
Examples of purifying oneself can be seen in the three-day fast of St. Paul as he waited to find out God’s will after being struck down on the road to Damacus (Acts 9:9). Jesus himself prepared for his public ministry by a forty-day fast
(Mark 1:12-13). The Catholic Church has traditionally celebrated days of fasting on the vigil before major feasts such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Ember days and Rogation days were established to mark both the liturgical seasons and the natural change of seasons each quarter of the year.” Paulist Press page 130. Let us fast from gossip and saying bad words this week. We can make it a way to purify ourselves.
Twenty-first Century Education
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WLPKY7NX&utm_source > Matthew West sings a song about Forgiveness and this video shows the lyrics. This is a music video. 3.48 min A powerful song!!
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KZDWWGNX&utm_source > Drift by Lifetone Media > Ministry Video – 2.20 min
When a person turns away from Jesus it doesn’t normally happen in a moment; it’s via a slow and gradual drift which begins by taking our eyes and ears off Jesus and onto the alluring but deceitful offers of the world around us. Godtube
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/10/22/10-digital-field-trips-for-the-modern-classroom/> Ten Digital Field Trips for the Modern Classroom > “It’s time to take your students on a virtual field trip! Today, you can go anywhere in the world right from the 21st-century classroom. In this Edudemic article, Dawn Casey-Rowe provides us with 10 great virtual adventures for you and your students to explore.” Ian Jukes
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/10/15/the-5-biggest-skills-modern-teachers-need/ Five Biggest Skills Modern Teachers Need > “These teacher skills outlined by John Perkins are supplemental to the 21st-century fluency skills that we are fostering within today’s students. These five qualities are a must for every teacher of the digital age. Read all about them in this article from Edudemic.” Ian Jukes
http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/ Joe Paprocki is a seasoned catechist and his website offers many simple and very helpful tips for the Catechist’s journey. Sign up to receive his blog posts.
http://www.CARFLEO.org > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade
130 Fun Facts from God’s Wonder-Filled WORLD by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
“The Name Game
Did you know names sometimes have special meanings? According to a “dictionary” of names, Andrew means strong, Justin means fair and just, Patricia means noble, [I didn’t make that up] Linda means beautiful, and Dustin means brave fighter. These are all nice names but some REAL people have REALLY funny names. A “name collector” once put together a list of those names and that list included Duckworth Bird, Upson Downs, and Gussie Greengrass! … you could use your imagination and make up a list of names you think would be funny. Do you like YOUR name? Would you like to have a funny name or would you like to have a name that means brave fighter or noble or beautiful or strong or fair and just? If you HAD a name like that, would it describe the way you are or the way you act?” Page 54
WHAT’S YOUR CATHOLIC IQ? by Page McKean Zyromski
CATHOLIC Who Wants to be A Millionaire? – Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?
1. St. Peter was a A. fisherman
2. St. Patrick is the patron saint of B. Ireland
3. The patron saint for finding things that have been lost is C. St. Anthony of Padua
4. The first Native American to be canonized a saint is A. Kateri Tekakwitha
5. The saint who followed what she called “The Little Way” to holiness is C. St. Therese of Lisieux
Bonus question – Who is the most recent Canadian male to be canonized? St. Andre Bissette
Let’s stay with the saints for another week.
1. St. Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of television because she
A. invented it C. was blind
B. had a miraculous vision D. was the favourite saint of a pope who like television
2. The saint in whose memory the Church blesses throats on February 3 is
A. St. Christopher B. St. Blasé C. St. Imelda D. St. Dominic Savio
3. The founder of the Benedictine Order was
A. St. Peter B. St. Francis Xavier C. St. Andrew D. St. Benedict
4. Tradition tells us the name of Mary’s mother is
A. St. Anne B. St. Joachim C. St Martha D. St. Elizabeth
5. The strange hermit-saint who lived on top of a stone pillar for more than 30 years is
A. St. Simon Stylites B. St. Bede the Venerable C. St. James the Greater D. St. Rose of Lima
Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. Huh! 35 Weird Facts You Never Heard Of