The Family Zone
SUMMER EDITION /Issue 16/July19, 2020
SUMMER JOURNEY OF FAITH
SUMMER WITH THE SAINTS
THIS WEEK'S VIRTUE CHALLENGE!
St. Mary Magdalene was taught prudence by Jesus when he told her “Do not cling to me” after the Resurrection. Her choice to cling to Jesus was not the best choice at that point, but she learned and became the Apostle to the Apostles.
What Is It?
The ability to discern the right thing to do.
Sometimes called the Mother of Virtues, because it helps us understand when the virtues are needed. Prudence requires a person to see a situation, and understand the consequences of choices.
Live It Out!
Stop and think about two choices each day and what consequences they have.
Talk about one of them with someone in your family and why you chose the choice you did.
Before the Mass begins, you can tell what season the Church is in. The priest’s vestments, and often the altar cloth, and possibly even banners or decorations in the church are color coordinated. During Lent or Advent (when the Church is preparing) or whenever the Church expresses sorrow, we use purple. During Easter and Christmas, or whenever the Church expresses joy, we use white. On days that celebrate the Holy Spirit or martyrs, the Church uses red. And when the Church gathers without one of these reasons we use green.
On Wednesday, July 22, we will use white to celebrate the joy of Mary Magdalene. On Saturday, July 25, we will use red for St. James who was martyred. Do you or your family ever use colors or special decorations as a constant reminder of a celebration?
Tip of the week: Did you know that when you are really anxious, typically neutral odors can take on a disgusting smell to you? This was reported in an article in Science Daily. Many people have taken to educating themselves about essential oils and the impact that good smells can have on our level of stress. Need some help? Here are some oils/scents and their impact on our bodies:
Lavender: Great for calming and sleeping. Take a lavender bath or put some lavender oil on your pillow
Basil: the oil or the herb can help quiet the mind
Clary Sage: can ease tension and help control cortisol levels
Marjoram: can help reduce nervousness
A story about a monster who doesn't have the heart to be a villain!
For Teens: "Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith" By Gabrielle Douglas
Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas shares her the story of her Olympic journey
Learn how to draw like an illustrator from Lesley Breen Withrow, the illustrator of Maximillian Villainous! Watch the video below: (MAYBE YOU COULD WRITE AND ILLUSTRATE YOUR OWN STORY THIS SUMMER?