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Are you easily “guilted” into doing things or maybe you feel like people won’t like you if you say no. Guilt is the voice of our conscience telling us right from wrong.  Sometimes guilt can even help us to avoid causing harm to someone.  Feelings of guilt can motivate us to make a positive change, therefore; helping us to grow in our relationship with others. Are there any ways that guilt can be good and constructive?
Can it  have a good or positive impact on a person or situation?

 

St. Augustine is famous for teaching about the Eucharist, “Receive what you are, and become what you receive.”  By the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine at Mass become the Body and Blood of Christ.  How are we changed by regularly partaking in this sacrament?  And how can the presence of Christ within us bring about the transformation of the world we live in?   Receiving the Body of Christ, we become the Body of Christ.  We become one with Jesus. 

 

A friend’s mom has cancer… your cousin didn’t make the track team … a man on the side of the road asks for money because he is homeless … These are all examples of situations where we could respond with compassion. Compassion actually means “co-suffering” or suffering with another. When we are compassionate towards others, we wish to alleviate their suffering. Compassion is connected to empathy. To show empathy means you enter into the experience of the suffering person. How do we do this?  How do we show empathy and compassion to others? What would Jesus do?

 

We live in an age when we have become dependent on technology.  Of course technology  in many ways, has made our lives and our work easier.  But what about the negative ways technology can impact our lives when we overuse it?  Some of these effects can include: the disturbance of our sleep cycles; interference with our homework and in-person social interaction.  What about our faith life?  Can technology take us away from our time with God or are there ways it can draw us closer?  Spotlight guest Josh who gave up technology for a week, shares how this experience has helped to deepen his faith and build a stronger relationship with God. 

 

Why can’t there be more justice and equality in the world? Is there anything we can do to help fight the injustice we witness and hear about?  Spotlight guest Mike Laskey, Project Coordinator for the Center for FaithJustice in Lawrenceville, NJ shares with us the many ways we can get involved in the fight for justice and how God calls each of us to reach out to the poor and vulnerable.

 

What does the word sacred mean and how do we experience it in our lives each day? Can the sacred only be found in church, or religious objects? How do we recognize the sacredness that surrounds us every day?

 

The cross is the universal and most recognizable symbol of our Christian faith and our salvation. When we wear or display the cross we are “telling” others that we are followers of Jesus. The cross is also a symbol of the pain and hardship that Jesus endured when he suffered and died on the cross. How does the symbol of the cross help us to embrace its meaning and significance to our lives as Catholic Christians? How can embracing the cross bring us to a better understanding of and bring us closer in our relationship with Jesus?

 

To cope with suffering is part of what it means to be human.   At some point in our life,  we all face suffering or hardship; whether this be the death or serious illness of aloved one, or personal suffering due to physical, emotional or mental pain.  The question to answer is; what do we do with this suffering?  Can we offer it up to God?  What does this even mean?  Choosing how we approach our suffering is important.  How can our suffering help someone else?  How can we learn how to transform our suffering into holiness?