Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

15/1/24 – Week 15

Day 1 – Head

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

This week, on 17th January, we celebrate the feast of St Anthony the Great. Whilst we will explore more about him and his life this week, today we are going to focus on a piece of scripture that had significant meaning to him.

We join all our prayers as we say together:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 2 – Heart

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Quiz time! What can you remember from yesterday’s video?

  1. What Gospel was our scripture from?
  2. Which line of the scripture spoke to St Anthony the most?
  3. Who read the scripture in the video?

As we mentioned yesterday, on Wednesday 17th January, we celebrate the feast of St Anthony. He is often known as Saint Anthony “the Great” and the “Father of Monks”, and was born in Egypt around the year 250 to distinguished parents. One day in church (around age 18) he heard the words of the Gospel: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor” (Matthew 19:21). Anthony felt as if Christ had spoken to him personally, giving a command he must obey.

Without delay he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the poor, and went into the desert. He chose an inaccessible place in the wilderness where he dedicated his life to God in manual work and continual prayer. He lived in solitude for over 20 years. He often spent whole nights in prayer. In his older age, he imparted wisdom to a group of disciples and encouraged them to lead a monastic life. Because he was the first Christian to retire to a monastic life, he is considered to be the first monk and also the father of all monks.

There are lots of ways that people can choose to lead a religious life, and being a monk is just one of them. Monks often choose to live simple lives, with few possessions and basic food, and sometimes they live in communities that rarely interact with the outside world. Have a discussion as a class, how easy do you think you would find that lifestyle? What would be the hardest part of being a monk for you? Why do you think people choose to become monks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Let us take a moment of quiet in prayer, praying for all those who lead a religious life. We join our prayers together as we say:

God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Day 3 – Hands

We begin our prayer today with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, Amen.

Today we are going to listen to a song called Brother. This is a cover of the song by a religious congregation called the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. This is a group of monks and nuns (or religious brothers and sisters) who live according to their mission:

In imitation of St. Francis of Assisi, we seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, as a prophetic witness that life is a pilgrimage to the Father, of faith, hope, and love of God and neighbor, made possible by the Holy Spirit. We participate in Christ’s renewal of all things through our prayer, fraternal life, service of the poor, and evangelization, as a complement to the work of those whose mission is to serve parochially.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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10 Comments

  • We could give up old clothes, spending a long time on our phones.

    If we didn’t have anything it would make us grateful for the things we have.

  • In the quiz, we got 1/3.

    We discussed that living a monks lifestyle would be difficult as you wouldn’t be able to treat yourself as other would be able to. We also said that people may become monks because they want to dedicate their lives to God in prayer.

  • We think people choose to be monks because its the best way not to be distracted by prayer. It takes a very special person to do it and we don’t think any of us could!

  • People would like to become a monk to spend more time with God and also to live in peace. God would call them to be a monk as well.

  • 11T1 said…
    It would be very difficult living life as a monk because of the loneliness and not being able to socialise with friends. But we also said that the whole point of being a monk is to be closer to God. We didn’t like the idea of not being able to pick our own clothes. Finally, the food! We didn’t like the idea of not having a choice of food.

  • This scripture really inspires us to not take things for granted in our everyday lives and to appreciate what we have.

  • It would be really hard to give up lots of things that we enjoy. We should appreciate these things.
    We are inspired by the people who give up everything to live for God.

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