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Archives of January 2016 Meetings
Team Project: Challenge Cheer!
These are the words for or Challenge Cheer!
We will be making the video on Feb. 26, so be prepared! :D
Song: Hotline Bling
We are Challenge Milton
And God we are here to serve
I got me that challenge love
Because in Christ we unite
Song: Shake it off
We will conquer loneliness
Sadness loneliness and sin
Showing God greatness, God’s mercy and love
Because Jesus loves me
And with him nothing else will hurt me
Song: Watch me
You watch me pray
You watch me worship
You watch me pray pray
Watch me worship
watch me, watch me, watch me, watch me (x2)
Now pray the rosary (x4)
This week at Challenge there will be Confessions available thanks to Fr. Pierre
It is recommended that you do an examination of conscience prior to the meeting so that you are ready to receive the gift of Reconciliation!
Previous meeting: January 8
At our last meeting, during our activity we wrote four things we thought we were really good at on pieces of paper. Then, we shared what we wrote with the other members, to see if anyone else had written the same thing. Then, each team joined their chains together to make a united team chain. Through this activity, we explored and learned about each other, and discussed how we are all unique and bring our own qualities and talents to our club.
The virtue of the month for January in Challenge & Conquest is prayer. It’s a great virtue to try to put into practice at the beginning of the new year. We can make many new year’s resolutions that are important but prayer should be at the top of that list.
Pope Francis recently announced the canonization of Mother Teresa, and she will soon be called a saint. Mother Teresa was a woman of deep prayer. She once explained the secret to her prayer life, “If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God. What is essential is not what we say but what God tells us.”
Prayer is all about getting to know God and letting HIM become a real part of your daily life. It is about talking to Christ, your friend. You can pray anywhere, anytime… about anything. Some places make it easier to pray. Like a chapel or quiet room. The best place to pray is in front of Christ in the Eucharist. If you find it hard to know what to talk to Christ about, you can warm up your heart by saying prayers that the Church and Christ himself taught us.
The catechism tells us that prayer is as simple as turning the heart toward God. When a person prays, he enters into a living relationship with God. Someone who prays no longer lives on his own… he knows he can always talk to God. This is why prayer is so important. God is with us in our lives and we can talk to him about everything. We are in this special year dedicated to Mercy and the main saint to spread the devotion to Divine Mercy was St Faustina. She says many beautiful things about prayer but this quote really stands out and explains why prayer is so important.
“A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer.”
The Gospel reading from our last meeting was John 15:1-5.
"I am the true vine; and my Father is the vine grower. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He will take away: and every one that bears fruit, He will prune it, that it may bear more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word I spoke to you. Remain in Me, and I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in Me and I in him will bear much fruit , because without Me you can do nothing."
The passage takes place during the Last Supper where Jesus spoke with His apostles about friendship, service, His Father, and heaven. He washed their feet and instituted the Eucharist. It was an intense moment, and His goodbye party with the apostles. He was letting them know that He would no longer be around physically, but that He would still be with them in the Eucharist and when they pray. Jesus wanted His apostles to know that He was their faithful friend who would not leave them, and they could find Him in prayer. Back in those days, vineyards were very common. Jesus used images that the apostles could relate to. Most of them probably grew up near or on farms with vines. They would all have understood that a branch not connected to the vine dies. That is who he says the Father is. Remaining in the vine is not just avoiding evil, but it is growing with the vine until we become one with Jesus. Being pruned must happen in order for the branch to bear fruit. You prune it, and new flowers or fruit grows. In the same way sometimes we go through tough moments so that we can grow as people. Jesus needs to be as important in our lives as the vine is to a branch. Without the vine, the branch cannot do anything good. Without God, we are the same way.
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