Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

13/05/2024 – Week 29

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 is Mental Health Awareness Week. Last week we thought a bit about caring for ourselves, and this week we are going to think more about ways that our faith can help us to do that. Today we are going to read a short piece of scripture and an explanation. Then, for the next two days, we are going to explore this theme of mental health awareness week more.

 A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”

Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”

The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’”

Luke 10:25-27 GNT

The final line in bold is the line we are going to think briefly about. We quote this a lot in school, mainly as a reason that you should be helping other people. But we don’t often think about the second half ‘as you love yourself’. How many of us struggle to love ourselves? To accept ourselves for who we are? It is literally written into the scriptures that we should do so, and yet we often ignore it! It is so important to look after yourself, so much so that God says we should treat others in the same way. He doesn’t say ‘love yourself as you love your neighbour’ or ‘love your neighbour in a good way’. He tells us to do so we as we love ourselves. Take a moment now to reflect on this line – how often do you encourage yourself?

We take a moment to reflect, and when we are ready, we pray 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.

We are going to have a quick recap of our scripture yesterday to begin!

  1. What book in the Bible was the scripture from?
  2. What line did we explore in more detail?
  3. What did we say that it meant?

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week this year is Movement. One way to look after ourselves is to get ourselves up and out. From a scientific point of view, exercise increases a chemical in our bodies called dopamine, which makes us feel good!

When you are out exercising (it could be a walk, a run, the gym etc.), it is a great time to listen to podcasts or music. We have some suggestions today of apps that you could use whilst you do so.

There is an app called Hallow, which is a prayer and meditation app, that is really good and you can join for free! The app helps you to build a prayer habit, either with others such as celebrity Mark Wahlberg, or on your own through scripture study.

The Bible Project also do a podcast! It is really interesting and is a brilliant way to explore the scriptures in a bit more depth without having to sit for a long time and read them.

The Hallow app, on their website, have the following quote:

“Contemplative prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.”

St Teresa of Avila

We take a moment of silent, contemplative (which means thoughtful) prayer before 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. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 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.

As we mentioned yesterday, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is movement, and exercise is a great chance to explore your faith through music and audio. Today we have a few different songs for you to have a listen to. They are all religious music but are from various different genres. We want you to listen to at least 30 second of each one (it doesn’t have to be from the start!) and see what you think. Which do you think you could perhaps relate to and try and listen to whilst exercising?

Now that you have listened to a snippet of each song, choose one as a form. Spend a couple of minutes more listening to it, asking God for guidance and reflecting on the following questions:

  • How often do you get out and exercise?
  • Do you look after yourself, in both body and mind?
  • Are you kind to yourself?
  • Do you ask others for help when you need it?
  • Do you ask God for help when you need it?

We join all our thoughts and prayers together today as we say:

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.

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  • How we can love and look after ourselves:
    – Have at least 8 hours of sleep every night
    – Do things that make you happy
    – Spend lots of time with family and friends

  • Today we reflected that we should love ourselves especially as todays world can be really difficult. People can get bullied, abused but we should remember that even if this happens, we should forgive, like the Bible says, and love unconditionally, as the Bible says. Some people find it difficult to love others as they love their selves as they believe what people say about them. As a result, our self-esteem lowers and we forget faith in the process. But we need to remember that God is always there for us. That we can pray for help.

  • How often do you get out and exercise?
    – Once a week
    – three times a week
    – PE twice a week

    Do you look after yourself, in both body and mind?
    – Lots of us think we do, a few of us think we don’t. People generally say they look after their body more than their minds.

    Are you kind to yourself?
    – A lot of us do
    – Some of us are self critical

    Do you ask others for help when you need it?
    – A lot of us do not ask for help from teachers when we need it
    – A few of us do not ask for help when we need it emotionally or mentally.

    Do you ask God for help when you need it?
    – Quite a lot of us pray to God for help

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