The Family Zone
SUMMER EDITION /Issue 20/August 16, 2020
SUMMER JOURNEY OF FAITH
SUMMER WITH THE SAINTS
THIS WEEK'S VIRTUE CHALLENGE!
St. Pius X taught that true humility places one in need of the Eucharist. This is why he changed when Catholics first receive Communion. By receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, we become more humble before God.
What Is It?
Humility is the acceptance of who one is, recognizing one’s humanity.
Humility does not discount one’s gifts, but it accepts that those gifts are from God.
Humility combats the sin of pride.
Live It Out!
Make a list of your gifts, and then think of others who share those gifts. Notice that while others may share gifts with you, no one shares all of them in the same measure.
Accept help this week if you need it, and offer it if you have the opportunity.
Genuflecting to the Tabernacle
When we enter and leave a church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle, we genuflect by placing the right knee on the ground and making the sign of the cross. Genuflecting is an ancient way of showing respect and deference. When meeting your king, you might genuflect with your left knee, for instance. God alone, was genuflected to with one’s right knee.
By genuflecting we are not only recognizing the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, we are also showing Christ’s place as our Lord. Everyone from Pope to peasant genuflects to God – it’s an act of humility that St. Pius X understood very well.
Can you find time this week to visit a church and pray (even briefly) before the tabernacle?
Tip of the week: Go out in the yard and do some cloud watching; it's not just for kids!
Stress can melt away when we watch clouds. Look for shapes, movements, pictures; watch the clouds race or stay still. Feel your tension slipping away!!
No time to sit under the sky? Use this drifting clouds meditation to quiet yourself before prayer or silence.
Do you have a garden? it's also a traditional time to bless your harvest and make a meal from your bounty!
Lunges can help you build a stronger and more stable core; they can also reduce stress on your spine which is often cramped due to looking at screens much of our day!
Need more of a challenge?
Hold a heavier object while doing the lunge (Water jug, text book etc.)
Click on the link below to learn about lunges for kids!
For Children: "The Tower" by Richard Paul Evans
A young man wishes to be great. He believes he will achieve his goal only when everyone in the village looks up to him. So he constructs a wooden tower that reaches to the clouds, but soon he becomes lonely. Read to find out how he learns humility
For Teens: Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints By: Colleen Swaim
The stories of eight young souls who became Saints!