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

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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.”

 

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

Copyright © 2012 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

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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

A Spirit of Thankfulness

A spirit of thankfulness brings you more of what you are thankful for:
I am thankful for God, who is beside me right now.
I am thankful for family.
I am thankful for friends.
I am thankful for strangers who stop to help those in need.
I am thankful for knowledge that helps me make good choices.
I am thankful for children who help us to laugh.
I am thankful for food on our tables.
I am thankful for transportation to get me here and there.
I am thankful for the sunshine and positive words that keep me from despair.
I am thankful for God’s word that gives me guidance in how to live.
I am thankful people are willing to share.
I am thankful for homes that warm our hearts and our bodies.
I am thankful for people of all faiths who minister to the needs of our souls.
I am thankful that you have read my blog.
I ask God to bless you and give you whatever you need to help grow the seed of love he placed in you at birth.
I ask God to bless you with the spirit of mirth.

Believe in Yourself as God believes in you.
He knows you are good. He made you that way.
Joan Y. Edwards

Six Online Resources for Children’s Liturgy

1. Resources for Catholic Educators  http://silk.net/RelEd/index.htm

2 Mary Kate Warner

a. Ezine Articles http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Mary_Kate_Warner

b. Online Bible Games http://www.myonlinebiblegames.com/funfreegames/index.html

3. Catholic Mom http://catholicmom.com/2011/03/27/sunday-gospel-activities-%E2%80%93-april-2011/

4. Catholic Children’s Liturgy http://sites.google.com/site/catholicchildrensliturgy/

5. Growing with the Gospel, K-1 or 2-3, Liturgical Publications http://www.lpiresourcecenter.com/lpirc/ViewBrowseCategory.do?categoryId=41

I wrote the devotional, prayer, mission statement, and text for something to draw for the K-1 sample below. I edited the Growing with the Gospel, 2-3. I was educational consultant for both versions and for all Cycle A, Cycle B, and Cycle C.

 K-1 Sample of Growing with the Gospel Order from: Liturgical Publications. Phone: 1-800-950-9952 Ext 2469

6. Children’s Liturgy devotionals, puzzles, and skits at Joan Y. Edwards’ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com

I hope you enjoy these resources and find them useful and inspiring. Do something good for you today.

Pray Dream Relax

God Has You in the Palm of His Hands

Joan Y. Edwards

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Annie’s Resurrection Cookies and Other Activities for Easter

Dear Leaders of Children’s Liturgy,

Here are three sites with good activities for Easter Sunday.

1. Annie’s Resurrection Cookies http://www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectioncookiestext.html
2. Easter Crafts http://www.dltk-bible.com/guides/easter-index.htm 
3. Easter Fun Pack2 Bible Kids Fun Zone http://biblekidsfunzone.com/themes/adeasterfunpack2.html

May the Risen Lord fill your soul with joy and acceptance!

Joan Y. Edwards

http://www.joanschildrensliturgy.wordpress.com