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Session 8-5

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What is my child learning this month?

During session five, we focused on handling stress by keeping Christ at the center of our lives.  We discussed how to handle stress in a healthy manner through activities, talking, prayer, meditation, and faith as the center of their lives.  


 Bringing the Session Home

Pope Francis closes the Year of Faith with call to keep Christ at center of life 

By Carol Glatz

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to read the article.

The article ends with the following:

Believing “is walking with Jesus. It’s a journey that lasts a lifetime,” Pope Francis told the catechumens. “Obviously, in this journey there will be moments when we feel tired and confused. However, faith gives us the certainty of the constant presence of Jesus in every situation, including the most painful and difficult to understand.”

  • Take a moment to share with your child a time in your own life where you felt "tired and confused" but where "faith gave you the certainty of the constant presence of Jesus in every situation."

  • Share with your child how you felt during the time of trouble and confusion and how you knew that Jesus was there helping you throughout the experience.

  • Ask your child to share with you a similar experience they have had in their own lives.

  • Discuss with your child how Jesus is with them in their experiences in life and how He is waiting to help them when they are 'tired and confused'.


 The Carrot, The Egg, The Coffee Bean

Read the story below and reflect on its message with your child.

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A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" 

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft and mushy. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardened egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she tasted its deep flavour and inhaled its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin, outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I? 

Am I the carrot that seems strong? But with pain and adversity, do I wilt and lose my strength? 


Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? 

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water - the very circumstance that brings the adversity, the pain, the hardship – into something quite wonderful. When the water gets hot, it releases its fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better, and change the situation around you for the better.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?

  ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?


 

One Step Ahead: Parent Resources

7 Ways to Strengthen Your Catholic Faith

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Jumping Ahead

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Next month we will be learning about American Saints - Identifying our Gifts and striving for Holiness

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for a short trivia game on the Saints  

 

 

 


Photo of the Month
Reflect on this picture and discuss it with your child.

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What does this photo mean to you in relation to God and stress in your life?

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