This week in The Bread:
- Following God’s law . . . preview Sunday’s Scriptures with your kids
- The feast days of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Gregory the Great, a teen saint who preached to her town . . . and a saint who died and came back to life
- Six family faith formation challenges in the PB&J Game
- Setting SMART goals for your family, with Heidi Indahl
- Plus: Becky Arganbright on the hell that was giving up Facebook . . . at least at first
Thanks to a hard drive crash, The Bread isn’t available in PDF format this week. : (
This Sunday’s readings deal with God’s law; on the one hand, the law is a gift (see the First Reading), because it provides a sure guide to God’s will. On the other hand, Jesus makes clear that merely “following the letter of the law” is not what true friendship with God is all about. God wants us to love with our hearts, not just our heads! This week, ask your family: What does God want in our hearts?
“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live. . . .”
One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Be doers of the word and not hearers only. . . .
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.
SUNDAY August 30
TUESDAY September 1
St. Drithelm (ca. 700)
The man who died, visited heaven and hell for a night, then came back to life, living the rest of his life as a contemplative monk.
THURSDAY September 3
St. Gregory the Great (540-604)
The monk-turned-pope who reformed the liturgy, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners and care for persecuted Jews; one of four principle doctors of the Church.
FRIDAY September 4
St. Rose of Viterbo (1233-1251)
The teen saint who served the poor and preached repentance in the streets of Viterbo.
SATURDAY September 5
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
The tiny nun whose work among the poorest of the poor, along with her simple wisdom, inspired the world.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to Labor Day
3 weeks to the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit to the United States (Sep 22-25)
THE PB&J GAME
Color in a star for every item your family tries this week. Add up the points and celebrate your accomplishment next Sunday with a small treat or reward!
- Incorporate a dinner-table discussion about the Church’s teaching on labor for 10 points; if you actually look at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 2015 Labor Day Statement or Joint Letter to Congress on Fair Wages, take another 50 points.
- Teach your kids to how to turn work into prayer using this article from 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids. 30 points
- Using the Sunday Scriptures as a starting point, have a family discussion about the rules in your house. What are they? More importantly, what is at the heart of those rules? How does the “heart” of your family rules line up with Jesus’ message?
- With your little kids present, thank a service worker (checkout clerk, cleaner, postal worker, etc.) for what they do. 15 points
- Watch the film Mother Teresa of Calcutta with your kids (a heads up that it contains scenes that might be inappropriate for young children). 30 points
- Have a family meeting to set some goals for the coming year (see the article below) 60 points
NEW THIS WEEK
Setting Family Goals
What do you wish for your children this year? What about for your family? Here’s how to take those wishes and turn them into SMART goals. by Heidi Indahl
Life without Facebook
I gave up Facebook a month ago, expecting a better and easier life. Let me tell you, it became anything but . . . at first. Then God began to show me what I’d been missing. by Becky Arganbright