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Who Is Your Neighbor? • M:CEE

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July 10-16: Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Our Lady of Mount Carmel + St. Benedict + St. Kateri Tekakwitha

How to Use M:CEE • Daily Missions • Power to the Parents • Stump the Parents


Get your Kateri Tekakwitha coloring page to celebrate the saint’s feast day (Thursday, July 14). It’s from the new Living Sparks of God coloring book, which is just $8 from our store (and less for bulk orders!).




LSG-ad-2You can switch out these special missions for one or more of the daily missions.


SUNDAY, July 10

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING Deuteronomy 30:10-14
[The Law] is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.

Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

SECOND READING Colossians 1:15-20
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

GOSPEL Luke 10:25-37
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength,
and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

TODAY’S MISSION: Preview the Sunday readings with your kids, using these basic questions as a starting point for conversation:

  • What is the common theme in these readings?
  • What line or phrase most spoke to you?
  • How is God’s Word in these readings calling you to live?

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.


MONDAY July 11

Matthew 10:34-11:1
“He is a disciple.” Jesus says that whenever we do a kindness for someone in God’s name, we will be rewarded. What rewards have you received when helping someone?

St. Benedict (480?-543)
Benedict basically set the standard for all monasteries with the “Rule” that he established. The Rule was about how the community of monks could grow closer to God through a balanced life of prayer, study, physical work, and community.

TODAY’S MISSION: Work elements of the Rule of St. Benedict into your routine today. Include prayer (with someone else), some kind of study, physical work, and spending time with others, following your parent’s rules. Here is a link to the Rule of St. Benedict (which you can study!).


TUESDAY, July 12

Matthew 11:20-24
“Woe to you!” Part of the good that God does for us is to warn us when we are getting off track. People who love us make sure that when we aren’t making decisions that will lead to our health and happiness we know it so we can change our behavior. Who loves you enough to correct you?

Sts. John Jones and John Wall (c. 1530-1598; 1620-1679)
These two Johns (who lived in different centuries) were priests who were executed for practicing their Catholic faith during a time when it was illegal in England to be Catholic.

TODAY’S MISSION: Like today’s saints, practice the virtue of courage: do something that is a little bit scary for your faith, or for justice, or for the good of someone else.



Matthew 11:25-27
“I give you praise.” Jesus gives praise to the Father because true love is true respect. If you know Jesus, you know the Father; and that means knowing how to be respectful. How is being respectful a way of showing love?

St. Henry (972-1024)
Henry was a king of Germany who worked hard to make Europe a peaceful place. He appointed bishops who would support that peace and also help reform the Church.

TODAY’S MISSION: Like St. Henry, show special respect for someone today in order to create peace in your little corner of the world.



Matthew 11:28-30
“I will give you rest.” Jesus’ rules aren’t tough ones. They are hard to accomplish sometimes, but they aren’t complicated. And ultimately, if we follow them, we will find that our lives are easier and more peaceful. How does following certain rules make your life easier?

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680)
Kateri was raised by her uncle, a Mohawk chief, after her family died from smallpox, a disease that left marks on her face. She chose to be baptized as an adult (which meant that she was treated badly by her tribe), left home and moved to Canada where she lived her life in prayer and charity. When she died, the marks on her face disappeared.

TODAY’S MISSION: In honor of St. Kateri, make someone feel beautiful today. Here’s an inspiring video about true beauty.


FRIDAY, July 15

Matthew 12:1-8
“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” The Pharisees were always trying to find something wrong with Jesus, and thought they had caught him when he picked a little grain on the Sabbath. Jesus reminded them that God wants us to be nice to each other—not to always catch people being bad. How can you be merciful today?

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274)
Bonaventure was a great teacher of the Church who truly lived the spirit of St. Francis and what it meant to be a Franciscan. He was known to be a scholar, teacher and gentleman, showing God’s love through his respectful behavior.

TODAY’S MISSION: Like St. Bonaventure, be a gentleman or gentlewoman.



Matthew 12:14-21
“…my beloved in whom I delight.” This phrase from today’s Gospel echoes a phrase from the Prophet Isaiah. They are both talking about Jesus, and they are talking about us, too. What do you think it means that you are God’s “beloved”?

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel began in the community of hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in Israel. The community were devoted to Mary and felt very close to her. Many people throughout history have been led to live saintly lives through the intercession of Mary and praying the Rosary.

TODAY’S MISSION: Mary and Jesus both knew what it was to be beloved of God. And, Mary and Joseph are beloved of each other. Being loved by others inspires us to live holy lives. Today, make a card or write a letter to someone who is beloved to you and tell them how their love helps you to be a better person.



Kateri Tekakwitha coloring page
From Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color, a beautiful new coloring book from Maria and Michael Lavoy featuring detailed drawings of 14 saints, old and new. Get the whole book for $8.

Bless Your Home
Have you ever formally blessed your home? This traditional ritual is a powerful reminder that your home is a “sacred space” because of the people who live there.

Miscarriage and Stillbirth: Grieving the Child Who Goes with God
How can we respond to the loss of a child in utero or at birth? In an intense act of trust, we can place our child in the direct care of God.   by Susan Windley-Daoust

Who Is My Neighbor? | Breaking Open the Word at Home


STUMP THE PARENTS: The Sacrament of the Eucharist Part 2

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #283-294, then let them choose questions to pose to you; they get points if they can “stump” you, you get points if you answer correctly. See the full rules at “Stump the Parents.”

Sample questions:

  • What is the meaning of transubstantiation? (#283)
  • Does the breaking of the bread divide Christ? (#284)
  • How long does the presence of Christ last in the Eucharist? (#285)
  • What kind of worship is due to the sacrament of the Eucharist? (#286)
  • Why is the Holy Eucharist the paschal banquet? (#287)
  • What is the meaning of the altar? (#288)
  • When does the Church oblige her members to participate at Holy Mass? (#289)
  • When must one receive Holy Communion? (#290)
  • What is required to receive Holy Communion? (#291)
  • What are the fruits of Holy Communion? (#292)
  • When is it possible to give Holy Communion to other Christians? (#293)
  • Why is the Eucharist a “pledge of future glory”? (#294)



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.

Sign up to get MISSION:CHRISTIAN Extra Edition delivered to your inbox weekly.

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Publisher, Gracewatch Media

Jerry Windley-Daoust is a writer, editor, and father of five. He writes essays and stories at Windhovering and is the show-runner for Gracewatch Media, a small Catholic publisher. You can follow his latest publishing projects at gracewatch.org.

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