Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning November 10, 2013 from Sr. Pat Carter CSJ
Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord.” Psalm 87.3
November 10th is the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. “One thing that is both certain and uncertain is death. Its ambiguity creates a sense of anxiety and a desire to escape its grip at all costs. We fear death; we fear that we will be forgotten; we fear going to hell. We need to pause and reflect on Christian hope and “The Last Things.” In the Gospel Jesus talks to those who do not believe in the resurrection. What will happen to us after we die? What will the resurrection be like? Will I see my family and loved ones? Jesus avoids the details. God is “God not of the dead, but of the living.” Saint Paul says that God is always faithful, directing our lives toward love of God in Christ. God wants all to have life that is everlasting. Traditional Catholic teaching claims that life after death is open to all people. God condemns no one; we condemn ourselves. Like the Maccabean brothers, we have the freedom to choose life or death. God wishes no one in hell. Belief in the resurrection of the dead involves a surrender of the total self into the loving arms of God. We prepare for death by the way we live. Daily moments of prayer are moments of surrender to the God who is always faithful. Our communal prayer at the eucharist is our ‘yes’ to a future life of promise.” Robert Dueweke, November Living with Christ, page 65. Inspire us to live in such a way that our lives give witness to our hope of life everlasting. Spend time with a tree that has lost all of its leaves today. The tree appears to be dead, but we have hope for its rebirth in the spring.
November 11th is the memorial of St. Martin of Tours. “This soldier saint lived in the fourth century. He joined the Roman army in Italy when he was only fifteen. Although his parents were pagans, he began to study the Christian religion. Those who study the Christian religion are called catechumens until they are baptized. One very cold winter day, Martin and his companions came upon a beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. The man’s only clothes were rags, and he was shaking with cold. The other soldiers passed by him, but Martin felt that it was up to him to help the beggar. Having nothing with him, he drew his sword and cut his long cloak in half. Some laughed at his funny appearance as he gave one half to the beggar. Others felt ashamed of their own selfishness. That night, Jesus appeared to Martin. He was wearing the half of the cloak that Martin had given away. “Martin, still a catechumen, has covered me with this garment,” Jesus said. Right after this wonderful event, St. Martin went to be baptized. Soon after, he left the army. He became a disciple of St. Hilary, the bishop of Poitiers, France. Because of his strong opposition to the false Arian teaching in various cities, Martin had to go into exile. But he was happy to live in the wilderness with other monks. When the people of Tours asked for him as their bishop, he refused. The people would not give up, however. They got him to come to the city to visit a sick person. Once he was there, they took him to the church. He was named bishop of Tours in 371. As bishop, St. Martin did all he could to rid France of paganism. He prayed, worked, and preached everywhere. St. Martin help us to notice when the people around us need our assistance and help us to do what we can to give them aid.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 2 pages 237-238. Share something of yours with another person today.
November 11th is Remembrance Day. We take time at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember all who have offered the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to build peace and restore justice in our world. Let us be peacemakers today and every day. Let us remember and give thanks!
November 12th is the memorial of St. Josaphat. “Josaphat was born in Poland in 1580 and was baptized John. He became a monk in the Ukrainian Order of St. Basil and chose the name Josaphat. He was a self-sacrificing, brave man. Because of his many natural qualities, he was chosen for leadership roles. This would eventually cost him his life. Josaphat became an apostle of ecumenism. He preached union among the Christian churches of the Ukraine. There were three main categories of the Christians: the Latin Church, which was united with the pope; the Orthodox Greek Church, and the Greek Catholic Church. Josaphat became a bishop and took over the diocese of Polotsk in 1617. He spent the next ten years helping the people to know and love their Catholic faith better. He organized celebrations of prayer and religion classes. He called clergy meetings and worked with the priests to put into effect rules that helped the people live closer to Jesus. Archbishop Josaphat had great positive influence on people. He was a dynamic leader. But some people who did not want the Church to be under the authority of the pope stirred up a mob against him. Josaphat was murdered on November 12, 1623. His body was thrown into a nearby river. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope Pius IX in 1867. St. Josaphat, you believed in stressing what unites people, not what divides them. Help us to follow your example.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 2 pages 239-240. When you encounter division this week, be a peace maker in the name of Josaphat.
November 13th is World Kindness Day. “It is a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion. According to modern psychology, altruistic acts increases our own happiness in a profound way. The World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. Kindness is the act or the state of being kind – ie. marked by goodness and charitable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. (With material from: Wikipedia)” http://www.cute-calendar.com/event/world-kindness-day/6319-world.html Let’s get on board and do acts of kindness today and everyday.
November 15th is the memorial of St. Albert the Great. “This saint lived in the thirteenth century. He was born in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia, in southwest Germany. Albert went to the university of Padua in Italy. There he decided to become a Dominican. His uncle tried to persuade him not to follow his religious vocation. Albert did anyway. He felt that this was what God wanted. His father, the count of Bollstädt, was very angry. The Dominicans thought that he might make Albert come back home. They transferred the novice to a location farther away, but his father did not come after him. St. Albert loved to study. The natural sciences, especially physics, astronomy, geography, and biology also interested him. He wrote a great number of books on these subjects. In one of his works, he proved that the earth was round. He also wrote on philosophy, mathematics, the Bible, and theology. He was a popular teacher in different schools. One of St. Albert’s pupils was the great St. Thomas Aquinas. These two saints became lifelong friends. St. Albert guided St. Thomas in beginning his great works in philosophy and theology. He also defended his teachings after Thomas died. As St. Albert grew older, he became more holy. Before, he had expressed his deep thoughts in his writings. Now he expressed them in his whole way of living for God. St. Albert show us how to appreciate and use our minds today.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 2 pages 245-246. Give yourself a good mental workout today in one of your classes. Really focus and create some new neural pathways.
Serving in the Light of Christ – a quote for the week
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
1 Peter 4:11
New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education
Believing ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes
By the end of grade 3, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:
• are curious and open to hearing the saving story of our Christian Faith;
• actively reflect on God’s Word as communicated through the passages of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures;
• stand in wonder and awe before God’s self-revelation in creation and in the mysteries of the Catholic Faith proclaimed in the Apostles’ Creed.
Grade 1 – Demonstrate an understanding of the Bible (i.e. Word of God) as the inspired story of the Revelation of God (i.e. Plan of Loving Goodness) that unfolds in stages and finds its fullest expression in Christ Jesus.
In the Bible we hear the story of how God created the world and everything in it. From the very beginning God wanted to be in a friendship with all people. The Bible tells us the story of how God showed his love for us from the beginning of time until now. God’s friendship starts with the first humans and continues now. The Scripture passages that show us God’s friendship are: Adam & Eve (Genesis 2:4-23); Noah (Gen.4-6); Abraham (Gen.12,15); Moses (Exodus 2-4 and 24); Prophets: Isaiah 49:15-26, Jeremiah 29:10-14; Jesus’ mission shows God’s love Luke 4:18-19; cf Isaiah 61:1-2; Jesus’ love shows the Father’s love John 15:15; God’s love revealed in a parable Luke 15:11-32 (the Prodigal Son).
Grade 2 – Demonstrate an understanding of Sacred Scripture as God’s self-revelation through Jesus as One and yet a Trinity of persons. God spoke to holy people who wrote the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. God wanted us to be his friends. After many attempts to show us how to live in friendship with God, God decided to send his Son Jesus to show us how to love one another and how to love God. Jesus was a human just you and me. Jesus was also God’s son so he was God too, we say that he was divine. Jesus was fully human and fully divine. The Scripture passages that show God as a trinity of persons are: 2Cor.13:13; Matthew 28:19; 1Cor.12:4-6. God reveals Jesus as the Son of God and the second person of the Holy Trinity: Matt.3:16-17, Matt. 28:19, Matt.1:20, Luke 1:26-56, John 14:16-17,23.
Grade 3 – Demonstrate an understanding that the “Father and the Son” are revealed by the “Holy Spirit” who was sent from the Father and the Son to remain with the Church forever. God’s love has three persons: God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a mystery that we believe in faith. It is called the Trinity (three persons in one God.)
God the Father wanted a friendship with us so he sent Jesus to show us how to live loving lives. When Jesus went back to heaven he sent his Holy Spirit to be with us always. There are two types of passages of Scripture that help us to understand the truth about the Holy Spirit: the Eternal Origin of the Holy Spirit – John 15:26, Romans 5:5, Gen. 1:26, 2:7, 3:22 and there are the passages about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and God the Father and Jesus: John 14:15-17,25-26, John 15:20-26, John 16:7-8,13-15, Romans 8:26.
Equity and Inclusive Education – The Power of Targeted Interventions
“Gender Classroom libraries should also provide students with access to these resources:
• texts representing a wide range of formats and genres
• popular as well as “traditional” materials, including books that make them laugh and action-oriented materials
• non-print resources such as DVDs and CDs, including music CDs
• newspapers and magazines
• age-appropriate, leveled literature suitable for a range of abilities
Students are a valuable resource in selecting materials for the classroom or library. By being consulted, they develop a sense of ownership and interest in the new resources. Ask students what they like to read, have them help select books or bring books from home to share.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All page 132
A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
“THE FIRST OF THE POPE LEOS
There have been thirteen Pope Leos, and today belongs to the first, the pope who alone of pontiffs shares with Gregory I the surname The Great. Leo the Great reigned from 440 to 461, and came to grips with three of the great heresies of the early church: Manichaeanism (which argued the inherent evil of matter), Pricillianism (which viewed marriage as diabolical and saw a Kingdom of Light coexisting with a Kingdom of Darkness), and Nestorianism (which denied the unity of the human and divine natures of Christ.) To deal with the last proved the knottiest of the three problems. Tensions came to a head in 449 when Leo sent a letter to the Nestorian-dominated Synod of Ephesus setting forth in precise detail the doctrine of the dual natures, human and divine, existing in the one person of Christ. The letter was submitted but never read at the synod. The papal legates were in fact lucky to escape with their lives from violent theologians who, it is recorded, “shouted for the dividing of those who divided Christ.” Leo forthwith declared the acts of the council null and void, thus consigning Ephesus to the “robber synods” – that is, unlawfully-called church assemblies. Two years later, the Council of Chalcedon was assembled, and Leo’s letter was resubmitted and adopted by acclamation. This time the theologians shouted, “Peter has spoken by Leo!” Leo’s letter set forth the creed on the nature of Christ that to the letter has been the church’s ever since. Leo’s letter anchored his place in church history, but the legend doesn’t stop there. It was Leo who confronted Attila the Hun at the confluence of the Mincio and the Po in 451, as Attila was advancing on Rome, and by the sheer power of his rhetoric persuaded him to turn back. Leo was less successful a few years later when the Vandal chief Genseric arrived at the gates of Rome, but so great was his standing that the Vandals tempered their vandalizing.” +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
The practice of fasting out of humility and penance is also a long tradition in the Church. …However it must be from the heart. The Church has always encouraged fasting to deepen our awareness of our dependence on God rather than on material goods. The practice of fasting all day on Wednesday and Fridays was common in the early Church: no food or drink was taken from dawn until dusk. About 400 CE, the Church substituted Saturday instead as the special day of penance and fasting; in modern times, Friday was made the day of fasting. It allowed for small amounts of food but the total amount should add up to no more than one solid meal, and no meat was allowed. Monastic communities and other often kept more rigorous practices of fasting. Although fasting on Fridays outside of Lent is no longer an obligation, it is strongly encouraged by the Church.” Paulist Press page 131-132.
Twenty-first Century Education
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WY7WWPNX&utm_source > How do you share your faith? > Ministry videos – 58 sec.
a comical video about how hard it can be to share your faith.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=JBEBJ1NU&utm_source > The Generosity Revolution > Ministry video – 2.11 min.
This church is doing something unusual with its money. Cool idea!
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/11/05/how-to-use-instagram-in-the-classroom/?utm_source > How to Use Instagram in the Classroom – “Katie Lepi from Edudemic provides us with an infographic from the blog of Librarians on the Fly, and one that’s filled with great ideas for using the creative power of the Instagram app for class projects.” Ian Jukes
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/11/05/heres-what-a-constantly-plugged-in-life-is-doing-to-kids-bodies/?utm_source > Here’s What a Constantly Plugged in Life is Doing to Kids’ Bodies – “Children are out of balance! They are spending far too much time online. Although they are fostering digital friendships and sharing content on social media, they neglect real-world social interaction. The digital generation is vastly different than previous generations. As educators and parents of today’s digital children, we must understand they have the ability to intermingle between the digital and real world in a transfluent state. As adults, we can remember a time when digital technologies were not at the center of our existence, but the younger generation is not used to experiencing this power-off mode. This infographic and article from the Huffington Post makes a powerful statement on moderation and the adult’s role in guiding our children to understand the virtue of balance.” Ryan Schaff
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
“Visiting Aunt Jane
Did you know that you could look at an old map and try to find a country you’ve heard about – but you couldn’t find it because the country changed its name after the map was made? For example, you may have heard about the country of Iran in the news – but Iran was once known as Persia. The country of Thailand was once called Siam and Sri Lanka used to be called Ceylon. So old maps would not have any of those new names and you might think the country you were looking for had disappeared. One city in New Mexico gave itself a really funny name in 1950. A popular radio show offered to broadcast its anniversary show in any city that would agree to change its name to the name of the radio show. Hot Springs, New Mexico, accepted the offer and changed its name to Truth or Consequences! So what about Aunt Jane? Well, the popular Mexican city of Tijuana didn’t change its name but it DID shorten it. This town was once called El Rancho de Tia Juana – which is Spanish for Aunt Jane’s Ranch. So when people visit Tijuana today, they probably don’t know it – but they’re visiting Aunt Jane! Would you like to think of a new name for your city or your favourite aunt or maybe for yourself? What new names would you choose? How would you change the names of your friends or any places in the world? God’s world is always changing and YOU are always growing and changing – and sometimes that’s hard but it CAN be very exciting to keep changing into a new and better you!” Page 55
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. Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of television because she B. had a miraculous vision while on her sickbed, she saw and heard what was happening at the Christmas Mass she longed to attend – just like she was watching it on TV.
2. The saint in whose memory the Church blesses throats on February 3 is B. St. Blasé
3. The founder of the Benedictine Order was D. St. Benedict
4. Tradition tells us the name of Mary’s mother is A. St. Anne
5. The strange hermit-saint who lived on top of a stone pillar for more than 30 years is A. St. Simon Stylites
1. The sign that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the tabernacle in church is
A. a burning sanctuary lamp C. candlesticks
B. flowers D. statues
2. A person who genuflects
A. kneels on the kneeler in the pew C. bends the right knee to the floor and rises again
B. dips a hand in holy water D. gets baptized on Holy Saturday
3. The teaching that there are three persons in one God is called
A. the Messiah B. the Resurrection C. the Ascension D. the Trinity
4. The ending of the Mass prayer, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
A. but only say the word and I shall be healed.” C. but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
B. peace be with you.” D. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
5. Before the Second Vatican Council, Mass all around the world was celebrated in
A. the vernacular B. French C. Latin D. English
Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“People pay other people for suggesting good domain names. Huh! 35 Weird Facts You Never Heard Of