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God Gives a Spirit of Truth | Most Holy Trinity Sunday  + Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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What’s happening in the Church next week, and how can your family participate?

  • Trinity Sunday is coming up, and Get Your Grace On has lots of simple ways to celebrate . . . and teach your kids about the mystery of the primordial communion of love.
  • We’re also celebrating the feast days of St. Bede, St. Philip Neri, Venerable Pierre Toussaint . . . and a hero who volunteered to stay behind during a retreat so he could care for wounded soldiers.
  • What do this Sunday’s readings have to teach us about being a family of love? Find out with Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
  • “I’m calling Jesus!” It’s a funny threat coming from a cranky toddler  . . . but also not a bad idea for parents when things get crazy. Heidi Indahl has the whole story in The Intentional Family.*
  • The real work of active labor is yielding—to your body, but also the Holy Spirit, says Susan Windley-Daoust in the latest excerpt from The Gift of Birth.
  • Have you tried contemplative prayer with your wriggly kids? They might just surprise you!*
  • Pastoral worker by day, movie critic by night: Jen Schlameuss-Perry has some ideas about how to connect the dots between Catholic culture and pop culture in the latest release from Marvel, Captain America: Civil War. Find it in Bigger on the Inside.
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SUNDAY, May 22, 2016
Most Holy Trinity Sunday

When the Lord established the heavens
I was there,
when he marked out the vault
over the face of the deep…
—Proverbs 8:22-31

O Lord, our God, how wonderful
your name in all the earth!
—Psalm 8

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
—Romans 5:1-5

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.”
—John 16:12-15

How do you see your family life as a reflection of the Trinity?

Breaking Open the Word at Home has more Sunday Scripture resources, including reflection questions for kids and adults; by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.



Servant of God Emil Kapaun (1916–1951)
Fr. Kapaun was a U.S. Army chaplain during
the Korean War; he stayed with injured soldiers and tirelessly served them in a POW camp.
He is the most-decorated chaplain in U.S. history.

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea

St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi (1566–1607)
Mary got the nickname “the ecstatic saint” because of her mystical experiences of prayer.
Five books were filled with her visions.

St. Bede the Venerable (672–735)
Bede—a scholar who was dedicated to learning, writing and teaching—was considered a saint even when he was alive. Bede published the first English language poem.

St. Philip Neri (1515–1595)
Philip went to Rome to revitalize the Church with wit and spirit of friendship. He liked to take people to other churches, singing and picnicking along the way.

St. Augustine of Canterbury (d. 605)
Augustine and forty monks were sent by Pope Gregory the Great to evangelize England;
he became the first bishop of Canterbury.

Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853)
Born in Haiti and brought to New York a slave, he became a successful hairdresser; he used his wealth to care for his master’s family, as well as the poor.

1 week to Corpus Christi (May 29)
2 weeks to Memorial Day (May 30)
2 weeks to World Priest Day (June 3)



Try out a handful of these ideas this week! Numbers in brackets are points for the #GetYourGraceOn game.


Prayerfully preview the Scriptures for this Sunday with your kids. Our readings celebrate the Holy Trinity—the community of God. How do you see God as a relationship of love in the readings?

Teach younger kids to pray the Sign of the Cross this week, and teach older kids about the meaning behind this basic prayer with Stephen Beale’s “21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross” at CatholicExchange.com.

Pray for mariners and others who work on the sea this Monday for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea. You’ll find prayer resources at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ website for the Apostleship of the Sea, usccb.org/aos.

One of our Saints this week, the Venerable Bede, died while praying a Trinitarian prayer: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now, and forever.” This week, add this prayer to the end of your normal prayers.


At dinner this Sunday, share some foods with a Trinitarian theme. Italian Rainbow Cookies have three colors—they make a good dessert! Or cook something that includes “the trinity”; onion, celery and carrots, or onion, celery and green peppers.

If you have younger children, make or find a traditional symbol of the Trinity and place it on your home prayer table. Traditional symbols include trefoil (the shamrock), the pansy, or the Trinitaria, a delicately perfumed white flower with three petals. Or make a triangle surrounded by rays, with an eye looking out from the center. As you make your symbol of the Trinity, talk about the unity of the three persons in one God.

You can also plant a Trinitarian garden. In medieval gardens, strawberries were planted because of their three point leaves. What other plants could you put in there? This might become a family prayer garden.


Memorial Day is coming. In the next few weeks, pray for those who have lost their lives defending ours. A way to honor the sacrifice that many of our military have made is to take care of those who continue to defend us. Check out your local VFW to see if they have any ways you can serve. Look up charities like Wounded Warriors or Warriors’ Angels Program to see what they need.


In preparation for Memorial Day, teach your kids the amazing true story of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun; search online for numerous excellent resources. What does his story teach us about the true meaning of “service”?

Venerable Bede recorded the first Old English poem, “Caedmon’s Hymn.” Look it up to see what Old English looks like—it’s not Shakespeare—and it is a beautiful poem about God’s creation. Google the story of Caedmon, too. He was a poor, uneducated cow herder who was given this poem by an angel to share because he was sad that he couldn’t write one himself. How do you see God filling in where you fall short? What beauty have you created when you partnered with God?

St. Mary was given some strange gifts. She had mystical visions called “ecstasies” and was able to bilocate (be in two places at once). Why do you think God makes things like that happen? Why do you think that only some people are given those gifts? Do you have to have extraordinary gifts like that to be great?


Stump the Parents: Paschal Mystery in the Sacraments

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #224–232, 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” at pbgrace.com.

Sample questions:
What are the sacraments and which are they? (#224)
What is the relationship of the sacraments to Christ? (#225)
What is the link between the sacraments and the Church? (#226)
What is the sacramental character? (#227)
What is the relationship between the sacraments and faith? (#228)
Why are the sacraments efficacious? (#229)
For what reason are the sacraments necessary for salvation? (#230)
What is sacramental grace? (#231)
What is the relationship between the sacraments and everlasting life? (#232)



The Trinity: A Family of Love | Breaking Open the Word at Home
God is the original family. The Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit are a community of love from and through whom all creation flows. Today’s readings break open the relationship that God offers us and sustains in us. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Yielding to the Work of the Holy Spirit During Active Labor
During active labor, you are very much giving place to the baby and to the Lord of Life. Participating in the ongoing work of creation requires yielding to the Holy Spirit. It’s chapter 11 of The Gift of Birth, by Susan Windley-Daoust.

I’m Calling Jesus!”: Turning to Aspirations When Life Gets Crazy
I knew our day was off to a rough start when my three-year-old burst into tears and started chanting, “I’m calling Jesus!” But maybe “calling Jesus” is just the thing parents need to do when things get crazy. by Heidi Indahl

Introducing Kids to Contemplative Prayer
Contemplation may not seem suited to wiggly, squirmy, eye-rolling, “Are-we-done-yet?” kids. But this intimate basking in Christ’s love is something kids deserve to know about.

Captain America: Civil War | Bigger on the Inside
You can always count on Marvel to make a good superhero movie, and Captain America: Civil War is no exception. Filled with action, laughs and plenty to chew on, it’s worth the price of the ticket…and maybe even popcorn. …



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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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