Life-in-Christ

Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

A blessing challenge…for parents…

Do you ever pray a blessing over your child/children?

There are several “Blessing challenges” that are becoming popular.  The intent is to encourage parents to pray a blessing on their child.  Parents call on God, asking Him to personally envelope the child in God’s love, protection, & care.

The blessing does not take long, but the impact is powerful.  Below are some Scripture verses that can be used as part of the blessing.  Under the Scripture verses there is a link to an in-depth series on one of the more popular Blessing challenges (via Focus on the Family).

 

Consider adding “blessings’ to your life, & the lives of your children:

“You are my son/daughter, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” (Mark 1:11 MSG)

“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face
shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
(Number 6:2426)
“The Lord created your inmost being, he knit you together in your mother’s womb…you are fear
fully and wonderfully made, all
the Lord’s works arewonderful.” (Psalm 139: 1314)
“The Lord has incredible plans for your life, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Dear Heavenly Father…

  • “I pray that __________’s identity will be firmly rooted and established in Christ’s love, and that __________ may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to knowthis love that surpasses knowledge—that he/she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19).
  • Let ______ grow as Jesus did, in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52).
  • “Show ________that he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made, and that your works are wonderful. Teach her that he/she is precious in your sight, and that you love him/her.” (Psalm 139:14; Isaiah 43:4).
A blessing shows your family how important and necessary God is in our lives.  Parents are also extremely important.  Parents are able to teach and provide their children with many valuable lessons & tools.  A blessing is one such treasure.  Take a few moments to read about blessings:

Kids today thirst for parental acceptance — they long for their mother and father to reinforce their worth.Meeting your child’s need for affirmation doesn’t have to be difficult. One way is to do what I call “the blessing.” Continue reading…

 

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Love…

How do the people you love, "feel" your love?

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Life & Family: Actively participate…

With Jesus!

“Too many people get credit for being good, when they are only being passive. They are too often praised for being broadminded when they are so broadminded they can never make up their minds about anything,”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

 

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Ahhh…

Today, instead of blogging about it…

We lived it!

Prayer for Family

Heavenly Father, Please shine your light upon my family. Give us strength to overcome all of the difficulties that we are dealing with now and protect us against any and all problems we may encounter in the future. O Lord, please bring us together as we are meant to be.

May the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us.

Grant my family forgiveness for any sins we have committed.

May we also forgive one another Lord, as it is sometimes difficult to do.

Bless us Lord, In your name I pray, Amen

- See more at: http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/prayer-for-family.html#sthash.17rlcTnd.dpuf
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Everyone needs tools… even (especially) families.

Good Role models & Good examples are key!

 

 

 

The Catholic Church provides us with examples of “brave knights & heroic courage.”  We refer to these as the saints & martyrs who have gone before us!

We worship Christ as God’s Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord’s disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples! CCC 957

Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself4

Are you exploring & sharing the lives of the saints & other Holy Christian men & women with your children? The United States Catechism for Adults starts each Chapter with a brief synopsis and glimpse of relevant role models for us.  Don’t let the title “Adult” throw you.  These role models are great for all ages – they can provide a starting point for parents to find simpler stories for younger children, or serve as an impetus for older children/young adults to seek more.

This Adult Catechism comes in both book & audio format. Can be found on Amazon.com or USCCB.com

 

Remember, Christ is always the key. For our families to be strong & be able to utilize the tools, He is the key!

 

 

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May Family be our strength….

But Family must be rooted in Christ & his love….

“Maybe the soul is tired because all it needs is more time with the Lord. Maybe the heart is tired because it has been fed with all the wrong things. Maybe the mind is tired because it hasn’t been nourished with beneficial knowledge.”

Dear God,  Help me to spend time with You this day.  May my family be my strength.  May my family be a reflection of Your love.  May I spend as much emotional time and energy with my family as I do in all the other areas of my life: work, social media, play, distractions, school, & the problem’s of others.  May my family never “feel” the absence of my love.  Rather, may my love be so strong & rooted in Your love, that they may “feel” it even when I am not with them.   Amen.

Family is our greatest strength... & a family rooted in Christ is the strongest yet.

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Family: Let it become what Christ has destined it to be….

WHAT LESSONS ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN?

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Francis & the Family: What does he have to say?

 From Pope Francis to Families:

In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.

 

 "Jesus Christ reveals the mystery and vocation of the family"

  Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God's plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer. AMEN!

iS CHRIST PART OF YOUR FAMILY?

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Family: Important to God, to the Church, to Society, to each of us…

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

The above quote is from Pope John Paul II.  This quite nicely sums up how important the Church is in every sphere of our lives.

The Catholic Church, as well as other Christian & faith-based institutions have acknowledged this in a variety of ways throughout the years.

This year, the Catholic Church is placing special emphasis on the Family by holding a “Synod on the Family.” A Synod, is a gathering of peoples from all over the world (called together by the Pope), to discern a special area of concern.

Pope Francis states the purpose of this Synod on the Family this way: ” to undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the gospel.”

I will share more on the importance of families over the next month.  However in the meantime, I leave with a prayer that we have all been encouraged to pray for both our families, and those seeking to assist our families.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

The Synod for the Family will take place in Rome from October 5-19, 2014.

http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/2014-2015-synods-of-bishops-on-the-family.cfm#prayer

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Let us celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary; let us adore her son, Christ the Lord.

Let us proclaim the greatness of our Saviour who chose to be born of the Virgin Mary. Confident that he
will hear us, we ask:
Lord, may your mother pray for us.

Sun of justice, you showed your day was dawning in the immaculate Virgin Mary;
  help us to walk in the daylight of your presence.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Eternal Word, in the living flesh of Mary you found a dwelling place on earth;
  remain with us for ever in hearts free from sin.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Christ, our Saviour, you willed that your mother should be there when you died;
  through her intercession may we rejoice to share your suffering.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Loving Saviour, while hanging on the cross, you gave your mother Mary to be the mother of John;
  let us be known as her children by our way of living.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Lord God,
  the day of our salvation dawned when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to your Son.
As we celebrate her own nativity,
  grant us your grace and your peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
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