12/03/18 – Self Discipline and Unselfishness – Need vs Want in Relationships Fourth Week of JHNCC’s Lenten Journey

Unselfishness- Fourth week of Lent
In the following, God explains how we should not only think about ourselves, but put others before us.

 

 

 

 

How can we be who God wants us to be? We could try by appreciating everyone around us. We can show selflessness by using the acronym APPRECIATE:

Acceptance

Praise

Personal

Reward

Encourage

Compliment

Interest

Achievement

Thank

Everyone

05/03/18 – Learning to Love Ourselves – Self Respect Third Week of JHNCC’s Lenten Journey- CAFOD Family Fast Day

We are made in the ‘Image of God’
Third week of Lent

 

 

“What does it mean that humanity is made in the image of God?”

On the last day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Thus, He finished His work with a “personal touch.” God formed Adam from the dust and gave him life by sharing His own breath (Genesis 2:7). Accordingly, humanity is unique among all God’s creations, having both a material body and an immaterial soul/spirit.

Having the “image” or “likeness” of God means, in the simplest terms, that we were made to resemble God. Adam did not resemble God in the sense of God’s having flesh and blood. Scripture says that “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and therefore exists without a body. However, Adam’s body did mirror the life of God insofar as it was created in perfect health and was not subject to death.

26/02/18 – Heart Virtues – Holiness- Second week of College’s Lenten Journey- Prepare for CAFOD Family fast day

In the Bible, when something is referred to as holy, it means it is dedicated or it is set apart for a specific purpose.

Have a look at some of these verses that talk about God, people or things being holy:

“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”(Genesis 2:3)

“Do not come any closer … take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)

“Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place”. (Exodus 26:33)

“I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45)

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession”. (Deuteronomy 7:6)

We can see from these verses that things that are holy have been dedicated or set apart by God for a special purpose.

 

A Prayer for Holiness

Dear heavenly Father, You are a holy God and I desire to be holy too.. set apart unto You, and living my life in a manner that is worthy of You and pleasing to You.

Search my heart I pray, and if there is any cherished sin lurking within, I ask that You would root it out, for I know that only the one that has clean hand and a pure heart may stand in Your presence.

Purify my heart, cleanse my inner thoughts and examine the very motives behind my acts and attitude, for I desire to live in holiness of heart – and if there is anything that is displeasing to You in my life.. I ask that in Your grace You would root it out, so that I may live in godly holiness all the days of my life, clothed in Christ’s righteousness.. separated unto You and walking in godly love – this I ask in Jesus name,

Amen

12/02/18 – Heart Virtues – Empathy & Altruism – Preparing for Lent

What Is Altruism?

Altruism is when we act to promote someone else’s welfare, even at a risk or cost to ourselves. Though some believe that humans are fundamentally self-interested, recent research suggests otherwise: Studies have found that people’s first impulse is to cooperate rather than compete; that toddlers spontaneously help people in need out of a genuine concern for their welfare; and that even non-human primates display altruism.

 

 

 

What Is Empathy?

The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Easter, where we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, is preceded by Lent, a season of self-examination, fasting and penance in preparation for Easter.

So Lent is a 40 day period prior to Easter Sunday Day. Also, beginning the Sunday before Easter we have Holy Week, with Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

 

Easter is also a season that lasts 50 days and ends on Pentecost Sunday, which is an observance based on the Book of Acts where the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles. This day is considered the birthday of the Church.

05/02/18 – Keeping Safe Online

No one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he sets it on a lampstand, so those who enter can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be known and illuminated.

Luke 18:16-17

 

The internet is a fantastic resource that helps us to learn, share, communicate and find entertainment. It has billions of users who use it for brilliant and legitimate reasons. However, there are others who use the internet for illegal and unsavoury purposes.

There are several dangers that we might come across when online:

  • malware
  • phishing
  • unsavoury characters
  • Cyberbullying

 

Dear Lord, give me your protection as I use the Internet.

Keep me from darkness,

Surround me with your light.

Help me act always in love.

In the company of your angels and saints,

Guide my path to sites that glorify You.

Be my timekeeper and filter.

Let me hear Your Divine call to my duties,

Repel me by anything against You.

Guide me to evangelizing opportunities,

And send your Holy Spirit with the words.

Let the Godly draw me stronger than the worldly

Keep me from self-indulgence and addiction.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings of technology.

Forgive me for the times I have misused it.

And in all things, lead me closer to You.

Amen.

29/01/17 – Positive and Negatives of Social Media

This tutor programme has been developed in the context of growing

concerns about young people’s health and

wellbeing and reported increases in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours,

obesity, mental health problems and access to risky online environments.

 

Evidence suggests that young people are increasingly turning to social media and digital technologies for health-related

information, and there is confusion and uncertainty about how this behaviour impacts upon young people’s health and wellbeing, and whether/how interventions by adults can be optimally effective. We have a poor understanding of how to ‘position’ young people in the social media-health nexus, and there is a tendency to focus mainly on risk and negative outcomes of use.

22/01/18 – Holocaust Memorial Week

Lord God and Father,

We remember before you all those who bear the inner and outer scars of the Holocaust and of subsequent acts of genocide.

Let them not be overwhelmed by the horrors that engulfed them. Be close to them.

Help them to see that you suffer with those who suffer, and that no wickedness can ever extinguish your infinite love.

Restrain those who are filled with hatred and use violence to pursue their ends. Change their hearts.

May remembrance make us alert to the reality of evil and its deceptive allure.

Amen

18/12/17 – Advent – Liturgies

The candle that we light on the third week of Advent is different from the rest, it is pink. In the Church, the colour pink symbolises joy. The wreath’s pink candle reminds us that we are getting closer to Christmas day and encourages us to think about how the birth of Jesus brought joy into the world, and how we might do the same.

The birth of a baby brings much joy to a family. You’ll know this if you’ve had a little brother or sister.

The joy caused by Jesus’ birth is still shared by millions of people across the world. It helps us see that we are all members of God’s family.

One group of people whose lives were very hard were the shepherds. Shepherds had to work for weeks alone in the mountains, earning very little money. When they finally came down into the towns, shepherds were treated badly. They were ignored and sometimes bullied because they were strangers and because they were poor.

How do you think this made the shepherds feel?

This is why it was very special that God sent his angels to tell the shepherds about Jesus’ birth first; before other people. By doing this God was saying to the world; all people are important, whoever they are, wherever they are from.

 

Shout for joy
the whole earth,
and everything within.
Rejoice!
For Light has come into the world

The mountains sing,
the seas resound
to the praise of your name.
Salvation
once promised is here on earth

The angels’ song
rings in the air,
a child has been born.
Hallelujah!
The Saviour of the world is here

11/12/17 – Advent – Joy and Peace

In the second week of Advent we are encouraged to think about how the birth of Jesus brought peace into the world, and how we might join with others to do the same.

For hundreds of years there have been individuals who have tried very hard to bring peace into the world, often by encouraging people to follow the words and actions of Jesus.

One person who did this was called John the Baptist. John travelled from busy towns into wild, far flung places to tell people about Jesus. He helped them get ready for Jesus’ arrival.

The birth of Jesus at Christmas reminds us that God came amongst us to show us how to live together.

Praying for other people, is one way we show our love. It reminds us that if we follow the example of Jesus and turn to God our Father we can build a better world for everyone. Let’s do that now as we say the following prayer together.

May all children

In the world

Share love

Share friendship and live

In the peace

Of God’s love.

Now and forever.

Amen