Below is a message from the Parish of the Transfiguration:
Hello Wilmington Families,
We have been thinking of and praying for you all and we want to help you through these difficult times. We will be sending out a Weekly Family Faith Challenge to help you deepen your faith together and make the most of your time at home. We are all asked to “Be the Light” for one another and so we hope that these activities will connect and guide you through the isolation, knowing that as Catholics we believe that if we all put our faith and Trust in God, He will lead us out of the darkness and into the light.
Attached is this week’s Reflection (Meditation) with directions, to help children reflect, relax, pray and grow closer to God. Studies show there are several mental, physical, and spiritual benefits associated with meditation. (see attached handouts). Meditation is used to rest the mind, body and spirit and has been effective in comforting people during times of crisis. Prayer is a form of meditation that Catholics have practiced for years to help us overcome difficulties and challenges in our lives.
Please be patient, prayerful and compliant and know that we are all in this together and with God’s help we will all get through this.
Blessings for continued physical, mental and spiritual health to your family!
Parish of the Transfiguration
This Week’s Challenge
Lent is time of sacrifice and reflection. Look at this time of increased vigilance and caution as an opportunity to love those around you more deeply. Call a family meeting and identify three things causing disappointment. It may sound trivial in the face of a global crisis, but these disappoints are not trivial in the heart of the person affected or trivial in the eyes of God.
List 3 things that each person has sacrificed and caused disappointment. Maybe it’s a canceled birthday party, a missed field trip, or postponed sport. Then have each person make a list of 3 positive things that have happened instead (more family time, sleeping later, cooking and eating meals together).
You can use a visual reminder of these little sacrifices. Some families use a glass jar and then place a jelly bean, coin, or token in the jar every time they make a sacrifice (like being cheerful in the face of disappointment or turning something bad into something good). These sacrifices can then become special treats on Easter Sunday or a donation to a favorite charity or cause!
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