Pray for a Good School Year for All Children and Adults

 

 

Dear Friends,

Please pray for a good school year for all children and their teachers, parents, and grandparents.

Ask God to fill all children and adults with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

Ask God to help all of us to learn to communicate and settle misunderstandings peacefully.

Ask God to inspire people to create jobs and salaries for the unemployed.

Ask God to empower the homeless to find shelter and jobs for themselves and their families.

Ask God to empower lawmakers with wisdom, justice, and honesty.

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you wisdom to share with people who may need your help to make good choices in their lives during this school year.  Thank God for all that he has given you and for all he will give you.

 

“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.”

Thank you for reading my blog.

God is on your side.
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

 

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God Knows

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. God knows what kind of car you drive. He loves it when you drive people who don’t have transportation.
  2. God knows how big your house is.  Joy fills his heart when you welcome others into your home.
  3. God knows how many clothes are in your closet. He rewards you when you help put clothes on others.
  4. God knows how much money you make. He increases it when you share a portion of it with others.
  5. God knows your job title. He helps you rise higher when you do your job to the best of your ability.
  6. God knows how many friends you have. He smiles each time you act friendly toward other people, even if they don’t act friendly toward you.
  7. God knows the neighborhood where you live. He is proud of all that you do your part to keep it safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
  8. God knows the color of your skin. He is happy when you treat others with respect, regardless of their skin color.
  9. God knows your strengths and weaknesses.  He celebrates when you accept yourself and others as you are and choose to follow in His footsteps.
  10. God knows how many people you meet on His path. He rejoices when you take time to encourage others on their trails  He loves you very much.

I received an email entitled “God Won’t Ask on the Last Day.”  I decided to put a different spin to it. God already knows the answers. I hope you like it.

Here’s a link to the same poem that was in the email, but my email didn’t have Lil Phoenix’s name. I found this one online.

Lil Phoenix. “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day” (poem): http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ten-things-god-won-t-ask-on-that-day/

The following link mentions even more things that God won’t ask.

“God Won’t Ask” (poem): http://www.holybible.com/resources/poems/ps.php?sid=180

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God bless you.
Celebrate God’s Love for You
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright 2012 © Joan Y. Edwards

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi holding the Holy Eucharist

“St. Clare of Assisi” by Joan Y. Edwards

St. Clare’s feast day is April 11. She was born July 16, 1194  and died on August 11, 1253.

St. Clare’s father wanted her to get married at the age of 15. She asked to wait until she was 18. When she was 18,  she heard and became intrigued with St. Francis of Assisi and his manner of giving up much for God. St. Francis cut her hair and gave her a robe for her habit. She got her sister, St. Agnes, to join her.  They called themselves Poor Sisters. After her death, Pope changed the named the order of nuns after her…the St. Clares. Her order of nuns did not move around the countryside. They lived in place together spending time doing manual labor and praying. They lived without money. Like St. Francis, Clare believed it was joyous to live in poverty in imitation of Christ.

There are two stories that are interesting to me about St. Clare.

  1. She was quite ill. When rough soldiers of Frederick II were coming to raid her convent, she had the blessed sacrament placed at the gates where they could see it. She knelt there inside the walls and asked God to protect the sisters in her care.  The soldiers became very frightened and left quickly without harming St. Clare and her companions.
  2. Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television in 1958 because when Clare was too sick to attend Mass, it was said that she was able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. Isn’t it interesting that Mother Angelica, who is a Poor Clare Nun, founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)?

Resources:

Catholic.org http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=215

Wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_of_Assisi

Devotional: Remember that praying always makes things better. The Lord’s Prayer is my favorite. “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 our trespassers. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”

 

I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog. Tell me what things you’d like for me to blog about. Just stop and say, “Hello.”

 

Do something good to show that you love God today!
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Lenten Resources from Gilles Cote

Dear Readers,

The Catholic Faith Education Newsletter for Lenten Activities 2012 (February, March, and April) is now online at http://www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm. This has many resources for Children’s Liturgy and Sunday School.  There are resources for Lent and a large number of commentaries, homilies, clip art images, coloring pages, and puzzles on the gospels.

Gilles Cote does an excellent job of pulling all these resources together for you. I am thankful for all of you reading my blog and visiting my website: www.joanyedwards.com.

Lenten Season begins Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
Easter is on Sunday, April 8, 2012.

Here are two polls:  Are you giving up something for Lent 2012? Are you doing something special for God during Lent 2012? I hope you’ll take time to vote in these polls.

 

Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. For more information, http://www.americancatholic.org/features/lent/faqle9902.asp.

May you grow closer to God and to others in your life.
Joan Y. Edwards
http://www.joanyedwards.com
Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

St. Ignatius of Loyola

statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola Statue

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spain) was the founder of the Jesuit Priests. Feastday: July 31

In 1521 when in the military protecting a Spanish town from the French, a cannon struck St. Ignatius. It wounded one leg and broke the other one.  He could no longer be a soldier in the military. The broken leg didn’t heal right, so the doctors had to break it again. They didn’t have anesthetics and St. Ignatius survived a painful operation that might have killed other people.  When they reset the bone, it stuck out below the knee, and made that leg much shorter than the other. He didn’t like it sticking out, so he had the doctors cut off the part of the bone that stuck out. He tried stretching his leg, but it didn’t work, so the rest of his life he always walked with a limp. Children made fun of him. I imagine adults may have made fun of him, too.

After his surgery, the only reading material available for him to read was the lives of the Saints. He experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus while at the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in March 1522. He decided to become a soldier in the Catholic Faith. Knelt in prayer for 7 hours a day in a cave. He created exercises meant to help people get closer to God.  He traveled to the Holy Land to see where Jesus lived. He founded the Order of Jesuit Priests.

Devotional:

Think about how you and St. Ignatius of Loyola are alike. You might limp through life at different stages. You might not have a clear view of yourself. You might see yourself as limping, when you actually walk better than you used to.

Think about the people who don’t have legs. They would love to swap places with those who have both legs, even if they had to limp from place to place. The grass may seem greener on the other side. Other people may seem to have it better than you. Actually each person has rough things to go through. However, when we have an open relationship with God. When we talk with him and trust in him to help us make the best of our bodies and minds, then we won’t be limping spiritually. We will one day be soaring with God in heaven.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. I am honored that you are here.

Turn your flaws into assets; love yourself as God loves you.
Joan Y. Edwards

History of the Sign of the Cross

Dear Readers,

I’ve always heard since I was in grade school that the early Christians made up the sign of the cross as a secret way to let Christians recognize each other. Early Christians were killed because of their beliefs. In order to keep their Christian beliefs a secret from the authorities, they made up a sign. Making a symbol of a cross on their forehead, on their mouth, and over their heart let other people know so they were Christians. They might have also made the traditional sign of the cross by touching their forehead with their fingers, then touching their heart, and then touching the left shoulder and then the right shoulder. On Amen, their hands would be folded together facing the sky. Others might have thought they were swatting flies or something.  If the other person made the sign of the cross, too, then they knew that it was safe to talk about Jesus Christ and his beliefs without being killed.

Nowadays, Christians add the words, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.” We make the sign of the cross before beginning a prayer, and at the end of a prayer. We make the sign of the cross when we’re afraid. Perhaps you make the sign of the cross at different time that you might be willing to share in a comment below. Tell the stories you’ve heard about how and why the sign of the cross began.

I had heard that in times of the catacombs in Rome that Christians used this as a symbol to be let inside for Mass, prayer, and meetings. I didn’t find proof that this was true, although it sounds like it would have been a good idea. I think it would have worked. Perhaps no one else wrote about this. It could have been passed down by telling. Believing it doesn’t hurt anything.

I found the following links related to the sign of the cross using your hand, and the symbol of the cross itself. I hope the information in them will appeal to you. I hope it lights up your heart enough that you share it with your family and friends and those you teach.

History of the Sign of the Cross Different ways to make the sign of the cross and what it symbolizes.

Traditions of Making the Sign of the Cross

Another link to history of sign of the cross

Making the Sign of the Cross – How many times do they make the sign of the cross during Mass? Make your guess, and then read to find out the answer.

Battle of the Milvian Bridge – First Battle with soldiers wearing a cross on their shields

Finding of the Cross of Jesus by St. Helena, Mother of Constantine

Constantine and the cross

Thanks for reading. I’d be honored if you would sign up to receive an email each time I update this blog.

Check out my website for Gospel related devotionals, crossword puzzles, wordsearch puzzles, and skits: http://www.joanyedwards.com

May God bless you and keep you warm.

Joan Y. Edwards
http://www.joanschildrensliturgy.wordpress.com

Annual Report for Joan’s Children’s Liturgy Blog for 2011

Dear Readers,

I am thankful for you. I’ve had over 1,800 readers. WordPress compiled a few statistics about this Joan’s Children’s Liturgy Blog: https://joanschildrensliturgy.wordpress.com/2011/annual-report/

I started it in April 2011. So these statistics are for 8 months. There hasn’t been much interaction.  The time I put the links to my website got me 135 readers. Perhaps I could do that more often in 2012. I had a Yahoo Group to announce new items on my website until April, 2011. I thought I’d be able to reach more with a blog. With the Yahoo Group, I accessed about 30 people. This blog accessed at least 135 and perhaps even more different readers. So that’s a plus.

If you have any ideas of things of things you would like for me to post information or devotionals to help you the adult leaders, or things that are missing for Children’s Liturgy resources on the internet or otherwise, let me know.  Ask me questions. Give me comments.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Give praise to God today for all that you have.
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Catholic Faith Education Newsletter January-February Link

The January-February 2012 edition of the Catholic Faith Education Newsletter is now online at http://www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm.

You can subscribe to the Gilles Cote’s Catholic Faith Education Newsletter there.

You can find clip art, coloring pages, homilies, readings, and activities for Sundays in January and February. You can view technology and religion articles. These are all free resources.

Have fun finding just what you need for your Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, or Sunday School ministry.

Do three things to show God you love him today!

Joan Y. Edwards
http://www.joanyedwards.com
Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Forgiveness Is Evidence of God

Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in a stable with a donkey.

Jesus is the God in you!

Every year Christians celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to rejoice. God sent His only Son to earth so that you would have an image of him in your mind. God loves you. He wanted to have an improved relationship with man. He wanted us to be able to get to know him better. He wanted to have a meaningful relationship with us. He wanted to put himself in a form that we could know and understand. That is why He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son to earth to spend time with us. He sent Jesus to clean the slate of our sins for us. Remember that we are forgiven. God forgives you. All you have to do is ask him.

When you are baptized, you clean the slate of wrongs. When you go to confession as a Catholic, you clean the slate of wrongs.  When you forgive others, you clean the slate of wrongs that you hold against someone else.

It’s amazing how healing it is to forgive someone. It takes a burden off your shoulders. Anger and resentment send out negative feelings that turn around like a boomerang and hit you instead.  What goes around, comes around! What you sow, you shall reap!

I believe that many children and adults get mixed up and think that all mistakes are sins. Not all mistakes are sins. Any words, actions, or non-actions that are against the ten commandments would be sins.

Breaking a dish by accident is not a sin. However, if you break a dish on purpose to make someone angry, that would be a sin. It all depends upon your reason for doing it. God is interested in your intention. Why did you do it?

Follow the big commandment, “Love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re not showing love and respect for God, yourself, or your neighbor, think again before doing it.

If it’s something you wouldn’t want someone to see you doing on television, Facebook, YouTube, or in person, think twice before doing it. Could the police arrest you if you were caught doing this? If God, the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit appeared before you while you were doing this, would you stop? Or would you continue because you knew it was what God wanted you to do in this situation?

It’s a lot easier to forgive someone else when you’ve forgiven yourself for your wrongs.  Guilt freezes you. Forgiveness frees you. Forgive yourself for your weaknesses. What makes you weak in one area, tends to lead you to build strengths in another area.

Any time of year is a good time of year to clean the slate from your past. Let go of all the emotional pulls and ploys. Look for the good in yourself and those that you meet. God is all around you. God is within you. God is behind you. God is in front of you.

When you don’t understand where a person is coming from, pray for them.
When you’re tempted to throw pots and pans at someone, pray for them and yourself and cook them something good to eat instead.

When the news you hear unsettles your peace, pray for a solution to the problem. Don’t focus on whether you are right or wrong. Don’t focus on whether the other person is right or wrong. Focus on figuring out a solution. Ask God for a solution. Prayers help.

When you tried your best to be on time, but you were late for the humpteenth time, love yourself. Focus and see yourself on time the next time. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. It helps in all situations.

“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.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen”

Thank you for reading my blog. Please sign up to subscribe by email to my Children’s Liturgy Blog. I enjoy hearing from you. Tell me what you’d like to read about. It’s fun to read suggestions.

You’ll find puzzles, devotionals, skits, and other resources for Children’s Liturgy on my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com.

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards and Her Licensors.

Coloring Sheets for Christmas

Dear Readers,

Thank you for reading my blog and checking out my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com/

Here are four sites that allow you to download Christmas coloring pages free. I thought perhaps you might like to use them for your family, friends, Sunday School, or Children’s Liturgy.

1. Bible Coloring Pages http://www.coloring-page.net/bible.html

2. Coloring Book Fun-Christian http://coloringbookfun.com/christian/

3. Christian Christmas Coloring Pages http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/christian_christmas_coloring_pages.html

4. Microsoft Office Templates: Coloring Book Pages for Christmas http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu=books#ai:TC010360982|

May the Peace of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be within you, beside you, behind you, and in front of you.

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards