The-Odd-One-OutHow accepting are we of others? Do we want other people to think or act a certain way or can we accept people for who they are and who they want to be?

We get bombarded by different voices and influences trying to tell us what’s “cool” or in fashion every single day. Can we keep an open mind and see past the stereotype?

We are going to look this week at how we can be more accepting of others and more tolerant of different view points and beliefs.

Jesus was often criticised for hanging out with the “wrong” people, yet he constantly challenged perceptions and made people think again about how they treated and accepted each other.

Monday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

So today is the next instalment of the “Question of the day with A&J.” Have a think about the following question and talk it through as a class.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9DzrK0-n3I

If the video is not working – I know we are still having YouTube issues – then the question of the day is: Does what we wear define who we are?

Lord, help us to see past the stereotype. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you judged someone by their appearance?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

st damienThe saint we are going to look at is really appropriate for our theme this week.

St Damien is the patron saint of those who are outcast and left out. His amazing story shows how the people the world rejects are the people who need our help the most. He reminds us to see past the outside appearance and see the person beneath.

 

 

 

St. Damien was born January 3, 1840 in Belgium. He was named Josef de Veuster at birth. He became a Roman Catholic priest through the missionary order of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He volunteered to go to Hawaii in 1864 and after 1873 spent 16 years on the quarantined island of Molokai. In the process of caring for the physical and spiritual needs of the inhabitants, he eventually contracted leprosy himself and died from its complications on April 15, 1889.  Pope Benedict canonized him in 2009.

St. Damien did more than care for the spiritual needs of the community. In addition to providing the Sacraments and hearing confessions, he was not inhibited to engage in physical labour which included cleaning and dressing diseased flesh, building and repairing homes, burying the dead, and planting and harvesting crops. These were corporal works of mercy. He gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life to these people. Due to his contact with leprosy, he was banished from mainstream society. He suffered alienation from Hawaiian officials and his religious superiors in Europe.

 

What can we learn from St Damien? Write your answer in the comments box.


Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to love those who the world has rejected. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you reached out to someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have a watch of this clip – it’s from an amazing film called “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXv4i3Hz2GQ

Have a think in a few moments of silence why she felt that she would not be accepted for who she was.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us not to make people feel like they can’t be themselves. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you given someone a chance to be themselves?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

For our PSHCE today we are going to use the Key Process of “Put Yourself on the Line”

Using the key process debate the following statement.

“Everyone should be allowed to express their opinions, regardless of what they are.”


Morning Prayer: Lord, help us be accepting and understanding. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you felt you could express your opinions today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

For our scripture reflection we are going to look at a story from the Old Testament (The Book of Samuel) where God shows us that it’s not all about appearance!

 

Put some olive oil in a small container and go visit a man named Jesse, who lives in Bethlehem. I’ve chosen one of his sons to be my king.”  Samuel answered, “If I do that, Saul will find out and have me killed.” “Take a calf with you,” the Lord replied. “Tell everyone that you’ve come to offer it as a sacrifice to me, then invite Jesse to the sacrifice. When I show you which one of his sons I have chosen, pour the olive oil on his head.”

Samuel did what the Lord told him and went to Bethlehem. The town leaders went to meet him, but they were terribly afraid and asked, “Is this a friendly visit?” “Yes, it is!” Samuel answered. “I’ve come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. Get yourselves ready[d] to take part in the sacrifice and come with me.” Samuel also invited Jesse and his sons to come to the sacrifice, and he got them ready to take part.

When Jesse and his sons arrived, Samuel noticed Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab. “He has to be the one the Lord has chosen,” Samuel said to himself. But the Lord told him, “Samuel, don’t think Eliab is the one just because he’s tall and handsome. He isn’t the one I’ve chosen. People judge others by what they look like, but I judge people by what is in their hearts.”

Jesse told his son Abinadab to go over to Samuel, but Samuel said, “No, the Lord hasn’t chosen him.” Next, Jesse sent his son Shammah to him, and Samuel said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen him either.” Jesse had all seven of his sons go over to Samuel. Finally, Samuel said, “Jesse, the Lord hasn’t chosen any of these young men. Do you have any more sons?” “Yes,” Jesse answered. “My youngest son David is out taking care of the sheep.” “Send for him!” Samuel said. “We won’t start the ceremony until he gets here.”

Jesse sent for David. He was a healthy, good-looking boy with a sparkle in his eyes. As soon as David came, the Lord told Samuel, “He’s the one! Get up and pour the olive oil on his head.” Samuel poured the oil on David’s head while his brothers watched. At that moment, the Spirit of the Lord took control of David and stayed with him from then on.

 


Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to give peace a chance. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you accepted people for what is in their hearts today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

 

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