Wednesday 24th February: My Temptations

The theme of this school week is: Temptation.

The Sign of the Cross

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

Scripture

“God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Reflection

The playwright and wit Oscar Wilde once wrote, “I can resist anything except temptation.” The humor of the remark is mixed with a sad recognition that we fail so often to resist the temptations that come our way each day and from every direction.

During Lent, the struggle against temptation and sin is, hopefully, brought into sharp focus. By simplifying our lives and removing distractions, hidden weaknesses are brought to light and sinful habits are recognized for what they are.

What are the temptations that regularly confront me? Why do I give into them? What can I do to avoid giving into temptations? How must I change my ways in order to move away from sin?

Prayer

Loving God,
you call us back to you with all of our hearts.
I feel your call for me deep in my heart
and I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

Amen.

Tuesday 23rd February: Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert

The theme of this school week is: Temptation

The Sign of the Cross

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

Reflection

Prayer

God of Love, 
through this Lenten journey,
purify my desires to serve you.
Free me from any temptations to judge others,
to place myself above others.
Please let me surrender even my impatience
with others,
that with your love and your grace,
I might be less and less absorbed with myself,
and more and more full of the desire
to follow you, in laying down my life
according to your example.

Amen.

Friday 5th February: Hope in Christ

The theme of this school week is: Hope.

The Sign of the Cross

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

Reflection

Prayer

Father, something inside me wants to believe. To believe that there is more to my life than I currently see. To believe that You care for me and love me. To believe You have a plan and a purpose for my life. Lord, it is hard to believe. Help my unbelief so I may have hope in You.

In Jesus name.

Amen.

Friday 29th January: The Saint of Auschwitz

The theme of this school week is: The Holocaust

The Sign of the Cross

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

Scripture

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

Reflection

The Church officially remembers St Maximilian Kolbe, the Saint of Auschwitz, in August. However, it is fitting this school we to hear about this amazing man.

Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “greater love than this no man has, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” through the example of St Maximilian Kolbe show us the path to true love. May our lives be lived for others.

Amen.

Wednesday 20th January: St Sebastian

The Sign of the Cross

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

Reflection

Today the church remembers St Sebastian:

Prayer Said by Atheletes of Whom St Sebastian is Patron

Athlete’s Prayer:
Father, thank you for the abilities you give me to play my sport.
Jesus, be with me as I play that I might do my best.
Holy Spirit, inspire me as I compete.
May I always play fairly and with repsect of my opponents.
Whatever the outcome of this game, bless me, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Sebastian, Patron Saint of Athletes, Pray for us.

Thursday 7th January: Wise Men Still Seek Him

The theme of this school week is: Epiphany.

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

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” -Matthew 2:1-2

Reflection

With the Feast of Epiphany upon us, our attention stays on Jesus, but shifts to that of how the Magi (or ‘wise men’) worshipped the Baby King of Kings. The Bible (Matthew 2:11) does not say there were three wise men, it only list three gifts.

The gifts they presented to the Christ Child are of significance for several reasons:

  • Gold for the royalty of Jesus
  • Frankincense for the divinity of Jesus
  • Myrrh for the humanity (passion and death) of Jesus

Medieval legends state that their bones were put in the cathedral of Cologne, Germany,  the ‘City of the Three Kings,’ brought there in 1164.

Originally they were considered and depicted as astrologers but in about the Middle Ages, or so, the interpretation began to take on more of ‘kings.’ Some traditions hold that St. Thomas the Apostle visited them later on in life, catechized and initiated them fully into the Christian faith and that they later were ordained priests and bishops.

Prayer

Lord, give us the wisdom to also seek you in faith, just as the Magi did, with all our hearts. May our hearts be our gift to you, knowing that our hearts are the only gift you want from us.

Amen.

Tuesday 5th January: A New Year

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

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” – Revelation 21

Reflection

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.

All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.

All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Prayer

Lord as we begin this new year, help us to recommit to You and Your ways, knowing that You are there at our sides to help us, and love us at all times.

Amen.

Friday 18th December: Something Different!

The theme of this school week is: Christmas.

The Sign of the Cross

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

Scripture

“See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us.” -Matthew 1:23

Prayer

Lord, may we remember this Christmas that you are truly with us. That you came into our world to save us and restore us to live as the children of God you made each of us to be. Bless our families and friends with your peace and love and keep us safe over the Christmas break. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Christmas Gift

By way of a Christmas present  to everyone for this final ‘Thought of the Day’ this year, your Chaplain offers you something of his own creating: O Rock All Ye Faithful!

Happy Christmas St Joseph’s!

 

 

 

Wednesday 25th November: ‘Our Father’ Banned from Cinemas

The Sign of the Cross

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

Reflection

The advertising company for the major cinema chains in the UK has banned an advert which show people praying the Our Father (also known as The Lord’s Prayer after Jesus, the author of the prayer). The company stated: “Some advertisements – unintentionally or otherwise – could cause offence to those of differing political persuasions, as well as to those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith,”

Asked for a response to the ban, Downing Street spokesman told a media briefing that Mr Cameron “thinks it is ridiculous”.

As a Christian school which regularly prays the Our Father, what do you think?

Prayer

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.

 

 

Thursday 12th November: Remembering the Saints- St Josaphat

The Sign of the Cross

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

Reflection

Today the Catholic Church remembers and honours St Josaphat, know as the Saint of Unity because he gave his life in his promotion of unity between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Prayer

Lord,
fill your Church with the Spirit
that gave Saint Josaphat courage
to lay down his life for his people.
By his prayers
may your Spirit make us strong
and willing to offer our lives
for our brothers and sisters.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Tuesday 10th November: Remembering the Saints- Pope St Leo the Great

The Sign of the Cross

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

Reflection

Today the Catholic Church remembers and celebrates Pope St Leo the Great, one of the few Saints to have ‘Great’ added after their name.

Prayer by St Leo the Great

Grant to us, O Lord, not to mind earthly things, but rather to love heavenly things, that while all things around us pass away, we even now may hold fast those things which last forever.

We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Thursday 5th November: Role Models

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

The Saints are people who have allowed God to have his own way with them, who have allowed God to influence and transform their lives. They are examples of what it means to follow Jesus. They are role models for anyone who wants to follow Jesus. We are all in the same family. We are all called to be disciples of Jesus, and to do what God wants us to do. The Saints were and are real people.

Some of the saints have become famous: not for the sake of being famous, like some people these days who seek fame. They have become famous because they have tried to live as God wants them to live. But there are lots of other saints too whose names have been lost, or people whose lives are unknown to others. When St Terese of Lisieux died her sister nuns said, ’What can we find to say about Terese?’ And then they found her diaries which revealed some of the amazing things she thought and did, her amazing faith and life she led. We may not be or become famous but we are all called to follow Jesus, like all the saints who have gone before us. They are our brothers and sisters in the Faith. And we thank God for them: whether they are famous or not!

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you invite everyone to follow you. Thank you for all the saints who have shown us how to live as you want us to live.

Amen.