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.



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?


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