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Adapted from the Loyola’s Effective Catechetical Leaders Worksheet - Link Movement 1: God is love and has created me for relationship with him. Read & Reflect Genesis 1:27-31New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female[a] he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth. God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day. Watch, Listen & Reflect Time in minutes
Ignite Your Catholic Faith - What's the Story on Creation?
Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Bishop Don Hying shares a snippet about what Catholics believe about the world's beginnings.
Why did God create us?
CatholicTV very short narrative with script.
Restless (with lyrics) - by Audrey Assad
Beautiful music video based on St. Augustine’s quote: You may want to use this as you pray and reflect.
Suggested Reflection Remember a day when you were flooded with happiness . . . the day you graduated, the day you got your first job, the day you fell in love, the day you got married, the day you held your first child. . . . Remember the day . . . the day you realized that none of this was enough. The day you realized that you wanted more . . . more from life. We are made to love and to be loved. We hunger for acceptance, we hunger for genuine relationship, and we hunger for a love that is eternal. This desire for God is written into our hearts. Only in God do we find the love and happiness that we are all searching for. We are created by God, for God. Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O God. Reflection Questions Do you struggle with belief in God? Why or why not?
When you think about love, what do you hunger for most? Who in your life has given you an experience of unconditional love?
Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen Do you want to dig deeper? Continue if you would like.
A selection from Dc. Strohm’s book, “Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew”, The link above shows more from the excerpt if you want to read more. If you really want to read more, you can purchase his book or ebook from Google or from Amazon (kindle version also available..
How would you characterize your relationship with God?
Is it difficult to receive the love that God has for you? Other Scripture verses to pray with: Jeremiah 29: 11-15 Matthew 11: 28-30 Psalm 139 John 15: 9-17