Understanding – 2021/22

Today’s Act of Worship is being led by Luke!

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week we are thinking about Understanding, the second gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Word of the Week video today, Issie talks to us a bit more about what it means in terms of our faith.

Below are some quotes from the YouCat. They answer some questions that you might have, and help us to understand a little more about our faith. Have a think about what your answers would be before you take a look at the quotes!

Why did Jesus wait thirty years to begin his public life?

Jesus wanted to share a normal life with us and thus sanctify our everyday routine [531-534, 564]

Jesus was a child who received love and affection from his parents and was brought up by them. Thus he increased “in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52); he belonged to a Jewish village community and took part in it’s religious rituals; he learned a trade and had to prove his ability as a craftsman. The fact that God in Jesus willed to be born into a human family and to grow up in it has made the family a place where God is present and a prototype of a helping community.

What are the three supernatural virtues?

The supernatural virtues are faith, hope and charity. They are called “supernatural” because they have their foundation in God, are directly related to God, and are for us people the way by which we can reach God directly. [1812-1813, 1840]

What is the meaning of the Sign of the Cross?

Through the Sign of the Cross we place ourselves under the protection of the Triune God. [2157, 2166]

At the beginning of the day, at the beginning of the a prayer, but also at the beginning of important undertakings, a Christian makes the Sign of the Cross over himself and thus starts their business “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We are surrounded on all sides by the Triune God; calling upon him by name sanctifies the things we set out to do; it obtains blessings for us and strengthens us in difficulties and temptations.

How many did you manage to get right? Let us know in the comments below!

Let us pray:

Lord, teach me how to pray with understanding. Teach me I pray, how to pray into Your will, to pray in spirit and truth, to pray as You would have me pray. Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We are going to hear the Gospel from Mass on Sunday. Frances is going to read it and talk a little about what it means.

Can you think of any other pieces of scripture that help us to understand more about our faith? Have a discussion in your form and then let us know in the comments below.

Lord, I ask that as I come across various difficulties that people are facing that I hear with Your ears, see with Your eyes and understand with Your heart so that I may speak and pray into the situation as You would have me pray. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we are going to spend some time reflecting. Often, when we pursue knowledge and understanding, we can become distracted and involved with things going on around us. Our focus moves away from God and towards other, less helpful, events and situations. Today we are going to listen to a song called Nothing I Hold on To by Will Reagan. The first line that is repeated is: “I lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the maker of Heaven.” Take some time whilst you listen to this song to offer everything in your life right now up to God. Ask Him to help you understand the plans that He has for you, and ask Him for guidance in all that you do. At the same time, thank Him and apologise to Him for the times when you have not followed His way. Spend this time in conversation with God, close your eyes, and just take a moment.

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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