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CATHOLIC CHARACTER

Our Catholic Beliefs and Values

APRIL

·         We strive to follow Jesus’ teachings in our lives: to love God above all else and to love others, to practice forgiveness and mercy, to care for the poor and helpless.

 

Reflection

To care for the poor and helpless is to do God’s work, to listen and respond to the last, the lost and the least. These people are crying out but God is deaf to their cries unless He responds through the actions of you and me.

 

 Prayer

Lord Jesus
I give you my hands to do your work
I give you my feet to go your way
I give you my eyes to see as you do
I give you my tongue to speak your words
I give you my mind that you may think in me
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me
Above all, I give you my heart
That you may love in me
Your Father and all mankind
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me
So that it is you Lord Jesus
Who live and work and pray in me.

 Amen

 The Grail Prayer

 

 

Our Catholic Beliefs and Values

 

MARCH

  • · We believe in the Holy Spirit and in the Spirit’s powerful presence in the Church today. The Spirit, given by Jesus to the Church at Pentecost, enables the Lord to continue to be present with us today and to continue his saving mission. The Spirit imparts wisdom and knowledge to us and gives us our various spiritual gifts, which are found in the Bible. We are called to recognize and share these gifts with the community. The Spirit helps us to continue to develop our faith and to grow in our relationship with God.

 

Reflection

Just as it was the Holy Spirit that moved the apostles to spread the Gospel in word and action, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that moves us to listen and respond, in God’s name, to the cry of the poor. Poverty comes in many forms. The ‘poor’ are all who lack the necessities in life for contentment. Therefore in our own society and throughout the world there are the poor in faith, in love, in affirmation, in education etc as well as the poor in physical needs, such as food, clothing and shelter.

 

Prayer

Lord, during this time of Lent

we are called to refresh our relationship with you

through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Help us to make prayer,

for ourselves and other,

a daily experience.

May we give our time freely to others

whose needs are for human contact and support.

May we also be more willing to give to those

who are lacking in the physically necessities of life.

We ask all of these things through

Christ our Lord.

 Amen

 

 

 

Our Catholic Beliefs and Values

 

FEBRUARY

Over the course of the year we will look at these beliefs and values in the light of our school theme: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Blessed be the Lord” and how we express them in our everyday lives.

Below are the first two beliefs that Catholics profess:

  • · We believe in God who is our loving Father and creator. God’s love is limitless and overflows into our hearts and lives. God has created us out of His love that sustains and supports us daily.
  • · We believe that God sent us His own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died and rose from the dead, to save us and offer us the gift of eternal life. We profess faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Jesus is our Lord and Saviour, our Shepherd and King.

 

Reflection

 For thousands of years God’s people, who had left the harmony of the Garden of Eden to live in a broken, sinful world, cried out to Him to save them. God heard this cry and sent his only son, Jesus, to offer us once more a share in God’s kingdom. Now we share once more in the reign of God we also share a responsibility to spread God’s reign. One obvious way to do this is to listen and respond to the cry of the poor today, in God’s name.

 

Prayer

 Lord, in your name we are called

to hear the cry of the poor.

However there are times

when we are so concerned about ourselves

that we are deaf to the needs of others.

We ask for the gift of your Spirit

that our ears and hearts

may be open to the needs of others every day.

 Amen

 

CATHOLIC CHARACTER

Our Catholic Beliefs and Values

 

NOVEMBER

·         We are committed to the protection of all of life, in all stages. We pray for the protection of all of human life, from the moment of conception until natural death. We also work to strive to respect the dignity of every human being and to eliminate prejudice, oppression, poverty, violence and injustice.

 

Reflection

 Many of us will remember a song that was popular many years ago entitled, ‘You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Sadly, in the present day, millions of people, out of desperation, have to live as refugees. The civil war in Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of innocent people to flee their homeland and those who cannot flee, live in fear for their lives every day.  The world they live in reeks of oppression, poverty, violence and injustice, where few, it seems, respect their dignity and their right to live in peace. 

 Pope Francis has asked people all over the world to join together in solidarity for the people of Syria, by praying for peace in that country. Below is a prayer entitled Syria Peace is Possible that thousands of Christians around the world have prayed recently, in solidarity with the people of Syria. Please join in this prayer.

 

 Prayer

 Lord our God,

Father of all humanity,

Change the hearts of all peoples and their rulers,

so that peace may be established among the nations

on the foundation of justice, love and righteousness.

May the Spirit of Peace descend upon the people of Syria

and upon our world

until all conflicts cease

and peace reigns on earth.

 Amen

 

 

 

 

October

·         We preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both in word and in action. We are willing to stand up to opposition and preach Gospel values in a world whose values are often contrary to the message of Jesus. We are willing to endure suffering and rejection, as did Jesus, for the sake of the Gospel and to speak up for what we believe to be right, just, and true.

 

Reflection:

Today, in New Zealand, we are very blessed to be living in a climate of religious tolerance. We can count ourselves very lucky not to live in the multitude of countries where religious extremism and militancy pervade. However, living in a society with such diverse cultures and values, we can easily fall into the trap of staying silent when people propose changes which fly in the face of our Gospel values, because we don’t want to rock the boat or upset others. To compromise our values through our silence or inaction actually sends out the message that we actually do not value very much the teachings of Jesus. In today’s society we need to ask ourselves more than ever “Do I value the Gospel, and have I the courage to proclaim it when such values come under threat?”

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

I thank you for the gospel values

 that have been handed down to me by my ancestors.

 In a world where many of these values are under threat,

help me to foster and protect them for generations to come.

Give me the courage never to compromise my Christian values,

but to proclaim them in word an action,

through Christ, Our Lord.

 

Amen

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