Sharing the Gospel with Children

Posted: Feb 29, 2016 | Category: Gospel Reflection,

Sharing the Gospel
I sin. You sin. Everybody sins. God knows that we cannot be perfect like God. But God wants you to love him and talk to him. God wants you to be sorry for your sins, learn from your mistakes, and grow closer to him every day.

Dear God, help me to grow closer to you with every day you give me.

Something to Draw
Draw a picture of yourself walking next to Jesus in your school.

Mission for the Week
When you get into trouble, ask God to help you change so that you do not do it again.



Today's Gospel Reflection

Posted: Feb 28, 2016 | Category: Gospel Reflection,

A few years ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Bill was a good man, very kind and generous with his time and his talents. And alt-hough he didn't have a lot of money (he was a teacher by profession) he was always ready to help out in any way that he could. As a middle-aged man, Bill was fairly healthy oth-erwise, and his diagnosis came as a shock to his family and friends. Most of us were left asking, "Why should such a cruel thing happen to such a kind man?"

This is the very question Jesus confronts in the Gospel this weekend when he deals with tragic events in his time. A tower collapses and eighteen people are killed. Is this punishment because they were the most evil people in Jerusalem? Some Galileans are slaughtered while offer-ing sacrifice. Have they somehow offended God, and so are now being called to account for their wickedness? Je-sus says that the evil that befell them makes them no guilti-er than anyone else. And, by implication, makes the rest of us no less guilty!

Our sense of justice likes to have the punishment fit the crime. We expect that there will be specific consequences for individual actions, each wrongful act punished on its own merits. But the problem of evil is much greater than personal sinfulness. While we each have responsibility for our individual sins, we also carry the weight of human sinfulness. As Catholics, we call that original sin, but what-ever title it is given, it is the recognition that there is at work in the world a greater sin than that of which each of us may be personally guilty. It is the sin of our race. Bill did not get cancer because he was a bad man. But illness, war, ha-tred, and every other evil are the things from which we seek deliverance. It is good that God is patient with us, like the gardener with the fig tree.



Athenaeum of Ohio Lay Pastoral Ministry Program

Posted: Feb 26, 2016

Athenaeum of Ohio Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Information Meetings - Sat Feb 27th 10 AM; Tuesday March 15th 7:00 PM; or Sat April 16th 10 AM at the Athenaeum Main Campus, 6616 Beechmont Avenue.

Join LPMP Directors to learn about the benefits of a Lay Min-istry degree or Certificate. For 40 years, we have equipped busy adults with the skills and knowledge needed to become informed and passionate missionary disciples. Graduates serve families, parishes and communities in a variety of paid and volunteer roles. Evening and Saturday classes along with flexible formation components allow you to fit pastoral studies into a busy adult schedule. The sessions will include program options, courses, fees, the application process and your questions. All are welcome! Call 513-231-1200 or email for more information.



Question and Answer

Posted: Feb 26, 2016 | Category: Gospel Reflection,
Can you recommend some good books for Lenten spiritual reading?

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For Your Marriage

Posted: Feb 25, 2016 | Category: Marriage Tips,

Vulnerability is a great gift spouses give each other. When your spouse is vulnerable, be sure to be gentle. It takes courage and humility to trust someone with your deepest fears or hurts.

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