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P.E.A.K. for priests

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

In this Year for Priests, Father David Toups creates an acronym (something he beat me to) about what every Catholic can do for priests, this year especially.  (P)ray for priests.  (E)ncourage those interested in discerning the priesthood.  (A)ffirm priests for their vocation and service.  (K)nowledge — increase your knowledge of priesthood.

There’s also more videos related to the Year for Priests, including more from Father Toups.

CCD: faith + songs with a message

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Today was class #2 of Religious Education @ St Timothy Catholic Church (Miami).  I assist the cathechist in 10th grade Confirmation.  We welcomed 3 more kids to bring our class to 10 so far.  A great group of kids!

After reflecting on yesterday’s Gospel reading (Workers in the Vineyard), we reviewed their assignment.  They were to find a song they liked that had a religious message.  Everyone had good examples as they read some lyrics out loud.  [Below are some videos of a couple songs used.]

Afterwards, we reviewed chapter 1 in their textbook.  We discussed faith (Hebrews 11:1), Divine Revelation, Bible (Hebrews 4:12-13), Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures), New Testament and more.  I’m not sure how it got started, but we tried to prove someone’s girlfriend existed in the next room and I remember mentioning Metaphysics class somehow.  It was a lively discussion.

“Rise Today” by Alter Bridge
Our time is running out / Hope we find a better way
Before we find we’re left with nothing
For every life that’s taken / So much love is wasted

This world / Only love can set it right
This world / If only peace would never die
Seems to me that we’ve got each other wrong
Was the enemy just your brother all along?
Yeah, oh yeah / I want to rise today / And change this world
Yeah, oh yeah / Oh won’t you rise today / And change this world?

 

“Meant to Live” by Switchfoot
… We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life, yeah
We were meant to live for so much more / Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

 

“Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
… The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be
I dare you to move (2X)  / I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move (2X)  / Like today never happened (2X)
Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go? (2X)  / Salvation is here