FRIDAY, MAY 1
DAY 44 - SANCTIFICATION
If Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit in order to aid us in becoming holy, how does this process actually take place? Today's study is devoted to understanding how we become holy or the act of being sanctified.
From Our Spiritual Director ✝
ReadingsActs 8:26-40Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20John 6:44-51
Today we hear of Saul’s conversion. Saul, who we know after his conversion as Paul, is “struck down and blinded.” Saul then hears Jesus ask, “Why are you persecuting me?” and Paul responds, “Who are you, sir?” The reply comes, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” It is at this point that Jesus gives Saul a message as to what he is to do next. We know that Jesus opens Paul’s eyes to who he really is, and it is from that point that Paul sees clearly.
Imagine if you were to hear the voice of Jesus. It can be easy to understand how Saul transforms from a persecutor of Jesus to his most staunch promoter during this life-giving event, but we should consider the sacrifice that Saul has to make in order to become Paul, the man known for preaching about Christ the Savior of the world. If you were Paul, how would you explain to your friends and fellow persecutors that you have somehow heard the voice of Jesus; that you have become a changed man and that they are to change as well?
The sacrifice that transforms Saul into Paul is life changing for all of us. Paul not only realizes this, he embraces that change. Have we been challenged this Lent and Easter to change? If so, are we willing to embrace a new way of being? If not, how can we ever fully embrace what Christ has to offer us…everlasting life?
Fr. John Kurgan
Mary - May Crowning 👑
For centuries the Catholic Church has held May as a special month devoted & dedicated to the Blessed Mother. One of these ancient traditions is the Crowning of Mary, one of which we have practiced at Holy Cross as well. This afternoon our Bishop will lead a May Crowning and Reconsecration of our Diocese and the Nation to our Blessed Mother. It will be live streamed following the noon Mass here around 1 pm. Additionally, he has filmed a message for the Diocese for the month May. You can watch that here.
Additionally, on April 25th Pope Francis wrote a letter to all the Catholics in the world asking them to pray for the rosary every day in May to end the Coronavirus Pandemic. His letter is included below:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.
For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.
I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
Elementary (Grades 1-4)
PrayFind all the prayers here.
Mealtime Prayers & Night Time Prayers
5 mins - Praying for Others
Watch the video
The Main Points to Teach Your Child:
The Sacraments unite you with Jesus
Recall the 7 Sacraments...
In addition to receiving the Sacraments, you MUST respond to God's grace working in you. You have free will, you must CHOOSE God always.
If you believe God is real, then you must also believe the Devil is real.
Every action you do either leads you closer to God and eternal happiness with Him in Heaven, or leads you away from Him.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Matthew 7:21
It is your response to God's precious gift of grace working in you that you are raised to participate in the divine life as children of God--living to become holy.
God is constantly at work in you, fighting to save you
BUT, you must say YES, you must choose Him.
Through holiness we find rest, joy, peace, happiness.
"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you." St. Augustine
A Note from Julie:
I share words of encouragement for you and your children...
“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” Saint Pope John Paul II
Additional Resources & Activities to do at Home
St Patrick - brave young shepherd 30:00 FORMED
St Bernadette - princess of Lourdes 30:00 FORMED
St Augustine (animated) 35:00 FORMED
*Additional Saint videos available on FORMED
In of Mary, Our Heavenly Mother, this month of May...
The Story of Christmas - MARY and Joseph 3:00 Saddleback Kids
The Rosary - A special way to Pray 24:00 FORMED
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
PrayFind all the prayers here.
Ten Minutes of Silence
Reading the Bible
Watch the video
The Main Points that need to be learned or taught from this lesson
Explain that you must respond to God’s movement within you. This response to God and its slow process of becoming Holy is called “Sanctification”.
Grace builds on Nature
Grace - What God does in you
Nature - What you do / How you respond.
Man labors to cultivate his fallen nature with virtue, and God is able to bring forth life with it through Grace.
Find a list of all these prayers here.
- A list of all these prayers are here.
For those new to prayer
First 10 mins - Talk to God
Second 10 mins - Listen to God
Praying with the Bible or the daily mass readings.
For those more experienced in prayer
20 Mins of Silent Meditation – Suggestions:
Watch the video
Watch the faith formation resource video below to learn more about your faith.
"[God] has placed in man a longing for truth and goodness that only he can satisfy. The promises of "eternal life" respond, beyond all hope, to this desire.”
- CCC 2002