Category: The Way of the Day

Friday 14th July: Do You Believe?

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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Louis Pasteur

Reflection

Wine-producing areas of France lost money whenever their wine went sour. Louis Pasteur discovered that this was due to the presence of micro-organisms, often called bacteria or “germs”. He showed that heating sugar solutions before using them would kill off any bacte- ria. Louis Pasteur also showed that milk can be prevented from going sour if it is first heated to a high temperature under pressure. We now call this “pasteurised milk”, after his name.

A 9-year old boy, Joseph Meister, was brought to him, having been bitten badly by a rabid dog. Pasteur injected him with a vaccine of a weakened form of the killer disease, produced from the bodies of infected animals. It was on this day in 1885 that young Joseph Meister recovered from the rabies that otherwise would have killed him.

Before Pasteur’s discoveries about germs, 6 people died out of every 10 who had operations. He started the use of disinfectants to kill germs in operating theatres. The name of Louis Pasteur became widely known throughout France, and he received national honours for his scientific achievements.

One day he was travelling by train and was reading the Bible to himself. The man who happened to be sitting next to Louis Pasteur did not know who he was, but saw that he was reading about Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. The man said to him: “You don’t believe that story, do you?”
“Yes, I do believe it,” said Pasteur. The other man, not knowing who he was speaking to, said, “Well, I don’t believe it. I’m a scientist, you see, and that story doesn’t fit in with science.”

At that point the train slowed and the man was about to get off. He said goodbye, giving his name. He was more than surprised to hear in response, “And my name is Louis Pasteur.” The man, claiming to be a scientist, had been very dismissive of the religious beliefs of Louis Pasteur, one of the world’s greatest scientists.

Prayer

Lord, I ask for the gifts
of knowledge and wisdom and understanding. What I pray for I intend to work at, so that I may develop an open mind,a thirst for knowledge, and a wisdom that makes good use of my knowledge and experience. I know that any gifts are useless if I do not also have love and concern for others, and so I ask that you inspire me to live in such a way that I am caring and compassionate and promote understanding between people.
May others respect me, Lord, as much as I respect them.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 13th July: A Choice to Start the Day

The theme of this school week is: Choices.

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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Scripture

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” – John 3:36

Reflection

No matter how many bad choices you may have made in the past, you can be redeemed by one good choice – the choice to surrender your life to Christ and follow Him.

One author writes: ‘Ever wonder why there were two crosses next to Christ? Or why Jesus was in the center? Those two crosses symbolize one of God’s greatest gifts – the gift of choice. The two criminals have much in common: convicted by the same system, condemned to the same death, surrounded by the same crowd, and equally close to the same Christ. In fact, they began with the same sarcasm; each said cruel things to Jesus. But one of them changed. He said, “‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:42-43)

We rejoice that this thief could change, but we dare not forget the one who didn’t. God honours us with the freedom to choose where we will spend eternity. We have never been given a greater privilege than that of choice. Think about the thief who repented. Though we know little about him, we know this: in the end, all his bad choices were redeemed by a solitary good choice. He chose Christ!’ And you can make that choice today too. ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.’

Spend a moment in silence. What do you choose today?

Prayer

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 12th July: Choosing to Live Well

The theme of this school week is: Choices.

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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Reflection

A fishmerman had landed his catch of fish, cleaned his nets, and was resting by the water’s edge, watching the sea, thinking about his day, and enjoying life.
A rich man came strolling by. He could see that the fisherman looked relaxed and peaceful, but asked him: “Why are you not working?”
The fisherman was surprised at being asked the question, and replied: “I’ve just finished unloading my catch for the day.”
“But you’ve time to go out and get more fish”, said the rich man.
“Why should I do that?” asked the fisherman.

“So that you can sell them and make more money”, explained the rich man.
“But what would I do with the money?” asked the fisherman.
“You could buy a bigger boat,” the rich man said.
“But why?” asked the fisherman.
“Obviously you could catch more fish and make even more money. Then you’d be rich,” replied the rich man.
“Why would I want to be rich?” asked the poor fisherman.
“Then you’d be able to sit back and enjoy life!” remarked the rich man.
“But that’s exactly what I’m doing now” said the fisherman, sitting by the water’s edge.

Pope John Paul II has said:

“It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards ‘having’ rather than ‘being’.”

What things am I chasing that I think will bring me happiness? Do I ever chase God and ask Him to bring me happiness?

Prayer

Lord,
I do not want to be selfish.
I do realise how important it is
to value and appreciate myself, and I know
that I need genuine love for myself if I am fully to love others.
Remind me of the importance of keeping time and space and quiet for myself,
and remind me to respect the personal needs of others, too.
Lord God,
you who call me by my name, I thank you for making me who I am.
Inspire me to grow as a genuine and sincere person with a positive attitude,
right values, and a generous spirit. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Tuesday 10th July: St Benedict

Today is the feast day of St Benedict, patron of Europe and our Year 9 Tutor Group! Happy feast day!

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

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Prayer by St Benedict

Gracious and Holy Father, give us the wisdom to discover You,the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek after You, the patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

 

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 10th July: Choices

The theme of this school week is: Choices.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Spend some time in quite to think about some of the choices you have made recently. What effect did they have on your life? Good or bad.

Let’s pray that God can help us to make wise choices that will lead us to living life to the full with Him.

Prayer

Lord, I try to make good choices. I desire to make good choices. However, sometimes I am weak, I slip, I fail, I am unwise. Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness. I am forever grateful. I pray for Your wisdom to guide me and that I can make good decisions for You and for me and those I love. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 7th July: Our Faith Being Challenged

The theme of this school week is: Challenge.

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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In 1980 Archbishop Romero was shot dead as he was celebrating Mass in his cathedral in the capital city of the Central American country of El Salvador. He was killed because he complained about the treatment of the poor by the government and army.

We can call to mind that the word “martyr” is a Greek word meaning “witness”.
On this day in 1979, just 9 months before he was killed, Archbishop Oscar Romero talked about the witness of Christians, and he even used the phrase “if they kill your bishop”:

“If some day they take away from us our Catholic radio station,
if they close down our newspaper,
if they don’t allow us to speak, if they kill all the priests and the bishop, too,
and you are left- a people without priests – then each one of you must be God’s microphone,
a messenger, a prophet.

The Church will always exist
even if there is only one baptised person. That one baptised person would be responsible before the world for holding up high the banner
of the Lord’s truth and justice.”

Have I ever been challenged for something I believe in? Have I ever been challenged for my faith? Or have I challenged other about their faith?
Prayer

Lord our God,
we pray for the strength to hold to our convictions.

We pray, too,
for the courage and determination to stand
with those who suffer from injustice.

In all that we do, Lord,
inspire us to act justly,
love tenderly,
and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Thursday 6th July: Prayer to Start the Day

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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Scripture

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” – Psalm 143:8

Prayer

You are the glorious morning,
You are refreshment and peace.
You are the sounds as the dawn breaks,
You are the rose that smells sweet.

You are the Lord, my creator,
You are the wonder of life.
You are the great words of wisdom,
I read them and fill up inside.

You are the wonderful sunrise,
You are restorer of hope.
You are the air that we breathe now,
You are the warm winter coat.

You are the Lord, my creator,
You are a love without end.
You are all grace and forgiveness,
I stand loved and free as your friend.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 5th July: Challenge of Faith

The theme of this school week is: Challenge

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

On this day in 1948 Britain’s National Health Service – the N.H.S. – came into being. Before that time, poorer people and their families suffered great financial hardships if a family member became ill. Since those times, the N.H.S. has grown considerably and offers many services to people.

National Insurance is deducted from the wages of those who are working, and that money helps to fund the Service for all who are ill. Many countries see Britain as being blessed with such a system of medical care, and most of that care is provided free.

In thinking of those who are sick, we are going to listen to a few sentences of Saint Luke’s Gospel. We’ll hear about the cure of a sick person – someone who has the skin disease of leprosy. One of the best ways of reading the gospels is to place ourselves there as one of the characters. We can think of ourselves as the person who is ill and needs help:

Jesus left the lakeside
and went into one of the villages.
A man appeared, covered with leprosy, and people kept their distance from him. He came closer to Jesus and knelt on the ground before him. The man with leprosy spoke:
“Sir, if you want to, you can cure me.” Jesus  said:
be cured of what is wrong with you.”And the man stood up, and everyone saw that he was cured.

Let’s pause in silence for a moment. Jesus challenges us to put our faith in Him, that He can heal us. What would I like Him to heal in my life?
Prayer

Lord Jesus,
we hear you say
that, “of course”, you want to heal us of what is not good in our lives.Touch our lives today
that we may experience your healing and the fullness of your life.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,
Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.
Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.
Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.
May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 4th July: St Thomas

Today is the feast day of St Thomas the Apostle

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” – John 20:24-29

Reflection

Prayer

Dear St Thomas, you humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and sacrificed your life for love of him. We pray to you to strengthen us with love and faith in Jesus Christ so that we may dedicate ourselves totally to the cause of the kingdom of justice, peace and love. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected from all trials, dangers and temptations and be strengthened in the love of God. Amen.

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.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 3rd July: Challenge

The theme of this school week is: Challenge

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

On the 4th July an American spacecraft called ‘Path- finder’ landed on the planet Mars in 1997. The unmanned spacecraft was designed to bounce on landing. The craft later released a moving vehicle the size of a skate- board. It analysed the soil and atmosphere and then automatically transmitted the results back to Earth, by radio signals.

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Nearly a century earlier, in 1908, the astronomer Percival Lowell announced that he had discovered canals on Mars. He said they were red and seemed to move. We realise now that there are no canals on Mars. The great astronomer actually had a rare eye disease – now known as Lowell’s Syndrome – which made him see the red veins in his own eyes.

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Lowell was so famous and such an expert in astronomy that no-one dared to contradict him. Older school atlases still show detailed maps that Lowell charted of his supposed “canals” on Mars.

Spend a moment in quiet and ask God to show you the things in your life that you may not have seen correctly. It could be certain attitudes we have had or judgements we have made about those around us. Ask Him to help you with the challenge it can be to see those around us as He sees them.

Prayer

God our Father,

I can think of mistakes I have made and the attitude
that I have sometimes had.
May I not become so independent that I think I know it all
and no longer need others,
but may I always
have true friends around me
who are willing
to point me in the right direction.
May I be ready to apologise
when things go wrong,
and be ready to learn
from my mistakes,
finding humour in my situation and having the ability and good sense to laugh at myself.
May I grow in wisdom each day.
Amen.

Friday 30th July: This is Discipleship

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

– Matthew 28: 18-20

Reflection

The main commandment that Jesus gave us is to love one another. How could I be a better disciple today by loving others?

Prayer

Loving God, I think you for choosing me to be your disciple and for the gift of your Son, Jesus. Help me proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel by word and by deed today and every day. Open my heart to the outcast, the forgotten, the lonely, the sick and the poor. Help me to love my neighbour as myself. Grant me the courage to think, to choose and to live as a Christian, joyfully obedient to God. Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,
Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.
Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.
Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.
May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 29th June: Saints Peter and Paul

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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Reflection

We would probably go to confession to Peter sooner than to any of the other apostles. Why? Because Peter would understand our weakness. In faith he walked on water, in fear and doubt he sank. He resisted the attempt to arrest Jesus, but then ran away. He promised he would never deny Jesus, but did. Peter shed many tears over this, he was truly repentant. Jesus not only forgave him but told him to strengthen the fallen. From the depths Peter was raised to be the leader of the Church.

Paul was similarly changed. Blinded by the light of the Risen Jesus on the road to Damascus he accepted he was badly mistaken in persecuting the young church. Humbled and changed he became one of the most dynamic and courageous ambassadors of Christ the world has ever seen. Persecution and difficulty became his day to day cross, material for further transformation. The dying Christ was in him; the living Christ was his life.

When we go to Mass today, who do you feel like? A Peter or a Paul? Or a bit of both! At Mass ask Jesus to help you see the abundent life He wants to offer you by transforming you just as he transformed Peter and Paul.

Prayer

Loving Father, both Peter and Paul were radically changed when you touched there lives. We places our lives into your hands and ask you to transform us too. Let us become the beautiful people you have made us to be. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.