THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 105/2.5.23
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
Genuflecting in front of the Tabernacle
For Catholics, certain gestures constitute an acknowledgement of God’s presence. We genuflect as a sign of adoration and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. To genuflect, you lower your right knee to the ground while facing the tabernacle. It signifies ADORATION for the presence of Jesus and is a reverent gesture. Be conscious of where the tabernacle is when you enter a church and be sure to always remember to genuflect, even if you are just passing by on your way to another spot in the church.
Dr. Tim O'Malley, a Notre Dame theologian, recently wrote an article about Pope Emeritus Benedict as part of the Eucharistic Revival newsletter. In it he said, "All it takes is deeper appreciation of the gift of love that you receive in every Mass. All it takes is pausing for a moment before a tabernacle, giving thanks that God loves you enough to be so close to you. All it takes is letting that worship shape how you live as a Christian in the public sphere, witnessing to the gratuity of the God who is love, who loves us unto the end." He goes on to remind us that we take that love we receive in the Mass out into the world. Pausing, for a moment, to adore the one who loves you so deeply, is a great way to live the Eucharist!
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Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the purple button below.
Family Stories: Here are some stories about neighbors:
Thank you, Neighbor by Ruth Chan
Thank you, Omu ! by Oge Mora
In the Neighborhood by Rocio Bonilla
2. Talk about little things we do each day to treat our neighbors well by discussing the Golden Rule. The PDF below entitled Golden Rule will help younger children to comprehend every day ways we are called to treat our neighbors well!
3. How can your family be a better neighbor to all? Use the diagram found at the link to brainstorm ways to love your neighbors: https://ministry-to-children.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Do-You-Love-Your-Neighbor-Worksheet2.pdf
Take a deeper dive in the teaching by learning about Papal Documents on the topic
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which He looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which He blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are His body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
— St. Teresa of Ávila (attributed)
Good Neighbor Game | Loyola Press
Ask if any of the children have ever played "Mother May I?" Tell the children that they will be playing a game similar to it. Have all the children line up against a wall on one side of the room. You should be on the opposite side of the room.
- Stand in a relaxed position with your feet hip-distance apart
- Reach both arms behind you
- Clasp your hands together in a fist behind you at your lower back
- Keep your gaze in front of you
- Lift your clasped hands slowly and gently as far as you can without discomfort, pulling your shoulder blades together
- Repeat this stretch several times
- Who are your neighbors?
- Are neighbors only people who live next door, or can they live in another country?
- If people are different from you and look, act or think differently, are you still called to love them?
- How can you show your neighbor you love them?
- How can you show your neighbor you love them, even if you'll never meet them?
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