Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

18/03/24 – Week 23

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.

Today we are going to reflect on an important piece of scripture, The Transfiguration. Take a listen to Lorley reading this scripture and reflect on what she says about the sacrifices that God makes for us and the sacrifices that we can make during this time of Lent.

Take a moment in silent prayer. Reflect on the scripture we have just heard, and on the image of the Transfiguration below. Why is this such an important event to us as Catholics?

We join our prayers together as we give all glory to God and say together:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, 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 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.

Yesterday we heard the scripture passage of The Transfiguration. Below we are going to test your knowledge and memory of that scripture!

  1. What book in the Bible was the scripture from?
  2. How many people appeared next to Jesus?
  3. Who were the people that appeared next to Jesus?

Sometimes, without knowing it or even being aware of it, we can get locked into our own world and our particular situation. We can forget about or lose sight of the fact that we are part of a much bigger world.

In the scripture that we heard yesterday, Jesus takes some of his friends away from the business of the village and market place. He invites them to travel with him as he makes his way up the mountain. This is not unusual. We know from the gospels that Jesus often went off by himself to the mountains to pray. While they were there praying something wild and wonderful happened. Jesus was transfigured; he was changed; his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Imagine how surprised, shocked and confused those with Jesus were. Once they have calmed down, Peter utters the famous words, ‘Lord, it is wonderful for us to be here’. But more importantly than what was said, is what they heard; ‘This is my Son, the beloved, he enjoys my favour, listen to him’.

These words are as much meant for us today as they were for those who first heard them. Today, we are surrounded by news all the time. We now have twenty-four hour news on our televisions and news from around the world arrives in seconds to us through the internet. They are filled with news, but not all of it good news; some of it may even be fake news.

The word and message that Jesus speaks to us and offers is life-giving and life-changing. The words of Jesus can change our lives, if we open our hearts and minds to listen to it.

Take a moment in prayer, thinking about how you can perhaps take some time this Lent to listen to the Word and News of Jesus.

We join our prayers together as we say:

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; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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 put into action the idea of not allowing ourselves to be so distracted by the noise around us. Lent is the perfect time to do this, as it is a time of waiting and preparation. Below are some images and questions to look through. We want you to spend some time in silence (at least 5 minutes) reflecting on these, allowing yourself to focus fully on this time of prayer and not be distracted by anything around you. Who knows, maybe we will learn something new from opening our hearts to God today!

What is it that you wish to improve in your life? What can you do to take control of this?

How can you show more love and compassion to those around you?

What distracts you in life and stops you from being able to be the best version of yourself?

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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  • Why is the transfiguration so important to us as Catholics?
    – it shows to us how divine he is
    – it shows that Jesus truly is from God and displays this truth in a magnificent way
    – It shows his glory

  • Though we may choose to abstain from things during Lent, this is sometimes not enough, and instead we should think of ways in which we can benefit from our actions.
    We can instead take things up rather than give things up, such as taking the time to read the Bible or pray.

  • We think that Jesus’ cloak turned white during the transfiguration to show purity and to show his power and importance.

  • Why is this such an important event to us as Catholics?

    One of the only scriptures that explains Jesus was God’s son

  • Today we reflected on the transfiguration, and how impactful that moment will have been on the lives of the disciples who witnessed it.

  • 10L1 – We have read each prayer resource and watched the videos that were included. We have thought about the Transfiguration and the Stations of The Cross.

  • What book in the Bible was the scripture from?

    How many people appeared next to Jesus?
    2
    Who were the people that appeared next to Jesus?
    Elijah and Moses

  • We got 2 out of 3 of the questions right. As a form, we thought about meditating this lent to become closer to God and spend more time in prayer and being thankful instead of just praying when we want something.

  • some people said they wish to improve their finances and the quality of their life like spending more time with their family rather then being in their rooms all day. Taking time to listen to others and being forgiving shows love and compassion to people. Social media and electronics distract us from life and our relationship with God

  • We should think deeply upon the suffering of Christ and his saints, and be inspired by their examples to show love and respect to those around us so that we too may, with God’s love, rise again when we fall.

  • What is it that you wish to improve in your life? What can you do to take control of this?

    – Be kind to others (opening door for people, using manners)

    How can you show more love and compassion to those around you?

    – Forgive people, apologise more, put yourself in others’ shoes

    What distracts you in life and stops you from being able to be the best version of yourself?

    – Social media, expectations, insecurities, bad influences

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