September 25-October 1: 26th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Therese of Lisieux + St. Vincent de Paul + St. Jerome + Feast of the Archangels
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MISSIONS for Your Kids
SUNDAY, September 25
TODAY’S MISSION: Recent popes have pointed out that owning things is not wrong in itself. But the Church also affirms that those who have enough must see and respond to the needs of others. MISSION: Make a list of what you own. Circle the things you need, and put an X by what you do not need.
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
. . . now they shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with.
1 Timothy 6:11-16
But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fellfrom the rich man’s table.
Get a family-friendly look at the readings plus reflection questions for kids, teens, and adults in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
Comic Book Day: Read comics and chew bubble gum!
MONDAY September 26
TODAY’S MISSION: Therese Couderc understood that surrendering one’s self to “the Good God” is the key to happiness. MISSION: Hold nothing back from God today.
Today, the Church begins reading from the Book of Job (rhymes with robe), which tells the fictional story of a man who has everything, then loses it all.
At the heart of the Book of Job is the question of why bad things happen to
people. Is misfortune God’s punishment for being bad?
St. Therese Couderc (1805-1885)
Founder of the Religious of the Cenacle, who gave retreats for women. She
had a vision in which she saw the word goodness stamped on everything, leading her to understand that God had given some of his goodness to everything in the world.
“Oh! If people could understand beforehand the sweetness and the peace enjoyed by those who would hold nothing back from the Good God!”
Birthday of Johnny Appleseed, the pioneer who planted trees and preached the Gospel
TUESDAY September 27
TODAY’S MISSION: Vincent de Paul’s words have been echoed by countless saints who say they “meet Christ” in those who are suffering or in great need.
MISSION: Meet some people in need (in person or through media) and report
on whether you see God in them.
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
After losing everything, Job goes on a well-deserved rant.
St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660)
The priest who worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor in the French countryside. Others joined his work, and they became known as the Congregation of the Mission (now the Vincentians). Later, he teamed up with
St. Louise de Marillac and her Daughters of Charity to form mutual aid societies in each parish.
“Go to the poor: you will find God.”
Chocolate Milk Day
WEDNESDAY September 28
TODAY’S MISSION: Job’s friends believe his misfortune is his own fault. Jesus, like the author of the Book of Job, rejects this idea. While suffering is a natural consequence of sin, innocent people suffer, too. Suffering is not God’s punishment. MISSION: Comfort someone who has lost work, property, or loved ones.
Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Since the last time we saw Job, his friends have come to comfort him. They think he’s done something to offend God, and they urge him to repent. Job rejects their argument—he knows he’s innocent. Here, he considers “suing”
God for justice . . .but he doesn’t think his odds are good.
St. Eustochium (367-419)
Th e woman who, with her mother (St. Paula), learned Hebrew and Greek in order to help St. Jerome translate the Bible into the everyday language of the people.
National Good Neighbor Day
THURSDAY September 29
TODAY’S MISSION: Like Gabriel, announce God’s message; or, like Michael, defend the Kingdom of God; or, like Raphael, help someone on their quest
It’s Satan and his angels versus the Archangel Michael and his angels
as war breaks out in heaven.
Sts. Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael
Angels appear many times in the Bible, but the only ones who are named are Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael. Gabriel appears in the visions of Daniel, and appears to Mary in the Gospel of Luke. Michael appears in the Book of Daniel as the defender of Israel, and in the Book of Revelation leading God’s
army against Satan (today’s reading). Raphael is featured in the Book of Tobit,
guiding a young man on a fantastic quest.
“God sent me to heal you . . . I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.”
Today is also known as Michaelmas (short for St. Michael’s Mass)
FRIDAY September 30
TODAY’S MISSION: Jerome didn’t hesitate to defend the truth, sometimes with harsh words and sarcasm. At the same time, he was also critical of his own sharp tongue and hot temper. MISSION: Practice speaking out courageously for what is good and true—without losing your temper.
Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Just before this part of the story, Job finally works up the courage to ask God
why he allowed Job to suffer. Here, God replies—pretty sarcastically—by naming the wonders of creation. If these wonders are beyond Job’s understanding, then how can he understand the reason for his suffering?
St. Jerome (345-420)
Th e hot-tempered, outspoken scholar who spent years learning the languages in which the books of the Bible were written. Then he spent
an even longer time translating them into Latin, the language of the people.
“Begin now to be what you will be hereafter.”
St. Jerome completed his translation of the Bible in 400
SATURDAY October 1
TODAY’S MISSION: Thérèse taught that even the smallest sacrifice or act of kindness becomes great in God’s sight when it is done for the sake of love. Your mission: Do something small with great love.
Th e disciples return from their mission, giving a full report to Jesus. Did you know that the same powers that Jesus gave the disciples for their mission are given for your mission, too?
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897)
St. Thérèse always wanted to be a missionary, doing great things for Christ in far-off lands. In her short life, she never strayed far from home (except for a trip to Rome), but after her death she was named patron saint of missionaries
and a Doctor of the Church.
National Homemade Cookie Day: Don’t forget the milk!
- Respect Life Month
- Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
- Black Catholic History Month
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POWER TO THE PARENTS
Peanut Butter & Grace has been at the Theology of the Body Congress this week. Look for articles and video interviews from the Congress all next week at pbgrace.com and our Facebook page.
Plus, check out full PDF previews of two new books to celebrate the feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl (softcover)
Little Thérèse Martin could be a very stubborn young girl. All too often, if someone wanted her to say “yes,” she wanted to say “no”!
But then, as she is preparing for her First Communion, Thérèse discovers a way to turn her everyday trials and tribulations into something beautiful for Jesus. Join Thérèse (and her family) as she learns to “gather roses from amid thorns.”
La Florecita de Jesús: Una Parábola de Santa Teresita Del Niño Jesús
This is the Spanish-language edition of the popular children’s book, The Little Flower.
STUMP THE PARENTS
Stump the Parents is on break this week.
How to use M:CEE
MISSION:CHRISTIAN; EXTRA EDITION (M:CEE) is the parent supplement to the MISSION:CHRISTIAN journal for kids ages 8-12. • Each day, read the day’s Scripture and/or saint with your child. Then give your child his/her mission for the day. (Use the Special Missions to replace daily missions that don’t work for your child.) • Beginning in August, your child will be able to file a “mission report” at the end of each day using his/her journal, which can be ordered in book form or printed out from the linked PDF. • Every week, check out articles just for parents in the Power to the Parents section of M:CEE. • Play Stump the Parents every week to help your children learn about their faith. • E-mail subscribers get special discount codes for 15%, 20%, or 25% off items in the Gracewatch Media store every month.