In the wake of 9/11, everyone said, “Never forget.” It’s important to teach our kids about the events of Sept. 11 and its aftermath … and for Catholics, that involves a larger lesson: teaching them how to respond to a crisis as Jesus calls us to.
The readings for this Sunday, September 10, remind us of the importance of giving people the opportunity to make good decisions, and to make up for them when they don’t. We’re the custodians of our relationships, and if we don’t care for them properly, the responsibility falls on us. To live the law of love, means living in accountability.
The readings for this Sunday, September 3, are a complete turnaround for Peter from last week. You’ve got to feel for the guy—has anyone ever called you Satan?
Ah, Labor Day: the last hurrah of summer—a time for barbecues and one last family trip. But this Labor Day, honor the true spirit of the holiday by telling your kids about the Church’s rich teaching about the dignity of work. Here’s a backgrounder, and nine things to do with your kids.
The readings for this weekend have a common theme: God’s authority shared with human beings. The authority we’re given is a gift, and one that stays with us only if we’re willing to use it properly.
It takes a special kind of person to think that world domination is a good idea; and I don’t mean special in a good way. It’s an expensive proposition—it costs lives, money, comfort, safety, and identity. More importantly, it costs your soul. Because, if you are so full of hubris that you believe your way is the only right way, that you are so much better than everyone else, that you should rule all, that other people’s rights and dignities are negotiable according to what suits you… if you have placed yourself in the position to judge others, then you have set yourself up as God and that’s always a losing proposition.
Today’s readings are about valuing our relationship with God properly. God offers us many gifts, and when we respond with appreciation of them, they become like treasure to us.
God is merciful, lenient and desirous of our being reconciled to him. Because of this, God gives us every opportunity to do what’s right, to live the justice that God models for us, and even fills in for us when we don’t know how to talk to him.
Besides delivering amazing special effects and a solid plot, Planet of the Apes deals with themes of war, peace, fear and mercy, all of which make for a great faith conversation with teens.
When people do nice things for us, we want to repay them. Even though God needs nothing from us, God does the same for us. Today we hear that when we live for God by taking care of others, we will receive a reward, too.