An example is a model of behaviour. It is something that we can look to in order to learn how to live our lives. The lives of the saints, and other holy men and women, remind us that we are all called to follow the example of Jesus Christ. We too, should also be an example to others by trying to live a life of love, service, and forgiveness.

This week, Think of a something positive and loving you can do for those around you to set a good example others.

Day 1 – Start with scripture

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have a read of this scripture passage.

A Reading from the Gospel according to John

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.   These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The Word of the Lord
R. Thanks be to God

John 15:9-17

Now read the scripture again and think about what message stands out to you the most.

Discussion Questions:

Who or what this week has been the greatest example of love to you?

What one thing can you do today to be an example to others?

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Day 2 – Catholic Social Teaching

We begin by making the Sign of the Cross

Solidarity

Our Catholic Social Teaching point for this week is Solidarity.

We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbour has global dimensions in a shrinking world.

At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.

This is so true of what we are seeing play out in places like Gaza and Sudan. As a form, can you discuss what you might do to show solidarity with others both in school, locally, and globally.

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