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This Week's Table Talk
24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Week of September 13th)
FEAST DAY | St. Theresa of Lisieux (Oct 1)
The Little Flower | Read Full Bio, Video Commentary and Other Resources
Outside the little French town of Lisieux there stands and enormous and elaborately decorated basilica dedicated to a very simple woman who is also one of the most extraordinary saints of the church. Therese, also kow as the "Little Flower", was a young Carmelite nun who devoted her life to loving As a permanent novice, she would never be able to perform great deeds. She did however scatter flowers, each flower a little sacrifice and a little action for God and love. Therese emerged as one of the great "doctors of grace" in the Catholic tradition, once comparing herself to a little child who, knowing her deep incapacity to please the Lord with extraordinary works, stands before him and simply lifts up her arms, hoping to be raised up.
POPE FRANCIS | Video Commentary
When is Pope Francis going to give it to them? When is he going to tell them what they can't do? Listen to a wonderful commentary by Father John Riccardo - who says that this is not Pope Francis' style. Rather, he leads by holding up Jesus. He notes that 'encounter' is the word that shows up most in what the Pope says. And in turn, Pope Francis is giving us a new model for Evangelization. Listen to below:
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
Remind your family that each time we pray the Sign of the Cross, we pray to the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is the holiest of all signs.
Print this Picture and discuss it's symbolism: The picture includes a striking engraving of the crucifixion. Notice that the Father has no face, but can only be seen and known through the Son, and that the Father willingly upholds the cross. The Holy Spirit also lovingly hovers over the Crucified Jesus, just as the Spirit hovered over the waters in Genesis.
MOVIE | The Lion King "Hakuna Matata" No Worries? God says: think again!
Read about the symbolism that makes the Lion King perhaps the most Catholic of Disney movies. One of the themes ties in with God wanting all of us to bear our own crosses - which is naturally relevant to the Feast Day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
My favorite message relates to the part of the movie where we first hear Hakuna Matata. This is where Simba finds refuse in the jungle -- where Timmon and Pumba teach him the mindset of Hakuna Matata -- No Worries for the rest of your days. Some people feel content to live a happy life - not to hurt people - to be a good person. But God has a calling for all of us - and will call us to take on a challenge that will stretch us and make us uncomfortable.
MOVIE | Inside Out
Inside Out - the newest release from Pixar Animation Studios and Disney. We know the Pixar brand’s penchant for entertaining both children and adults, alike. Inside Out is packed with emotional ups and downs, lovable characters, and an insightful storyline once again. The movie is filled with content to unpack in discussions with your own children or with a youth group. Watch movie trailer and read the Discussion Guide>