Our virtue this week is REFLECTION – The strength to give serious thought and consideration to the important things in life. Our fast-paced world tempts us to give importance to superficial things, things that pass away in moments and to neglect the most important things in life, the things that lead to eternity.
A wise, mature and virtuous person always takes time to REFLECT on their purpose in life, their goals, the blessings they have received. Let’s do everything we can to help one another REFLECT on what is truly important this week.
Thank You, Lord, for all of the many blessings You have given us. Our health, our abilities and talents, our family, our freedom. May we never forget that all of these gifts are from You. Fill our hearts, minds and souls with a proper gratitude and help us to REFLECT on Your blessings often.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
APPLES AND SEEDS
Take an apple and cut it in half. We can count the number of seeds in one apple. But we cannot count the number of apples in one seed.
One tiny seed can grow into a mature apple tree that can produce up to 400 pounds of apples per year, grow over 40 feet high and live over 100 years.
At the same time, apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
“Food” for thought if you will.
Life is so busy and hectic, we often forget to reflect on the important things in life. List the 3 most important lessons you have learned in the past year.
Let’s focus on improving on one particular thing this week. It is easy to get tempted to focus on lots of different things all at the same time but that does not work out in the end. Let’s choose wisely.
Tell me about some of the blessings you have received this year.
Tell me about some of the blessings you have noticed in others this year.
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TODAY. WRAP THINGS UP BY HAVING YOUR STUDENTS APPROACH ONE ANOTHER TO THANK THEM OR PRAISE THEM FOR ALL THE GREAT STUFF THEY DO EACH WEEK.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Reflect on all the blessings you have received through the years. Remember all the great moments and the lessons learned. Give thanks.
“The Greatest Weapon Against Stress Is Our Ability To Choose One Thought Over Another.” – William James
“Sometimes It Is More Important To Discover What One Cannot Do Than What One Can Do.” – Lin Yutang
“Insanity: Doing The Same Thing Over And Over Again And Expecting Different Results.” – Albert Einstein
“The Values Learned On The Playing Field – How To Set Goals, Endure, Take Criticism And Risks, Become Team Players, Use Our Beliefs, Stay Healthy, And Deal With Stress – Prepare Us For Life.” – Donna De Varona
“You Can Motivate Players Better With Kind Words Than You Can With A Whip.” – Bud Wilkinson
“It’s Not The Will To Win That Matters – Everyone Has That. It’s The Will To Prepare To Win That Matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant
“A Good Coach Will Make His Players See What They Can Be Rather Than What They Are.” – Ara Parseghian
John 6: 26-29
Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
St. Lucia Filippini
Lucy Filippini was born on 13 January 1672 in Corneto-Tarquinia. She was the fifth and youngest child of Filippo Filippini and Maddalena Picchi. She orphaned at an early age. At the age of six, she went to live with her aristocratic aunt and uncle who encouraged her religious inclination by entrusting her education to the Benedictine nuns at Santa Lucia.
Her career began under the patronage of Cardinal Marcantonio Barbarigo, who entrusted her with the work of founding schools for young women, especially the poor. With Rose Venerini to train school teachers, she co-founded the Pious Teachers, a group dedicated to the education of girls.
The young ladies of Montefuscione were taught domestic arts, weaving, embroidering, reading, and Christian doctrine. Twelve years later the Cardinal devised a set of rules to guide Lucy and her followers in the religious life. Fifty-two schools were established during Lucy’s lifetime. Pope Clement XI, in 1707, called Lucy to Rome to start schools which he placed under his special protection. She died of breast cancer in 1732, aged 60, at Montefiascone.