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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

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.

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.