They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But…he rose up and entered the city. After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned …strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
This coming week, we will be praying for the gift of piety. This is a misunderstood gift, but we’ve touched on it previously. Piety recognizes our dependence on God as His creatures and responds to Him with humility, trust, and love. Pope Francis defines piety as “our belonging to God, our deep bond with him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him, even during the most difficult and troubled moments.”
Piety is the opposite of cynicism, and while it’s often mocked today, is a sure shield against the poison of pride. This week, let’s pray for the gift of piety for ourselves, our spouse, and our family.
Weekend: Grow Your Family Culture!
- How can we as a couple love our family better? How can we as a family love our community better?
- How does reverence help us to be courageous? How can we as a family be more reverent?
- How do we all respect authority in our home? Why is authority a protection? Is everyone under authority?
- Celebrate Easter with a Catholic movie night! There are some neat options up on FORMED.org. (Sign up, or see if your parish is already signed up: if so, the service is free!) Many of these are for older kids simply because they are more dramatic: Paul, Apostle of Christ, The Robe, the series A.D., Quo Vadis, and Risen are a few suggestions. For ages 3-6 children, check out The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus.
- Make a picture of your family with mom and dad as the king and queen and all the children in different roles. How does your family work?
- Pick an inanimate object, like a house or a car, to represent your family. Then assign every person in the family a part of the object and decide why. Dad may be a roof, because he protects everyone; Mom may be a steering wheel because she shows everyone where to go, etc. This is a fun activity that honors everyone and shows how you all work together.