Archeparchy of Winnipeg

Year of Faith ~ The Benefits of Going to Liturgy

Maybe you’ve included Sunday Liturgy on your list as another thing your family has to fit into an already overloaded schedule. But what would happen if you stopped thinking of Liturgy as another hassle, and started to think of it as the one time in the week when you can connect with God in a special way?

Research studies show that children who go to church every week:

  • Increase their average life expectancy by 8 years.
  • Improve their odds for a “very happy” life.
  • Develop a solid sense of right and wrong.
  • Reduce the tendency toward  rebelliousness.
  • Reduce the likelihood of using alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Improve their attitudes and increase participation at school

Liturgy also gives you the opportunity to:

  • Seek forgiveness.
  • Learn how God’s word impacts your life.
  • Offer yourself to the Lord.
  • Experience the miracle of bread and wine changing into the Body and Blood of Christ.
  • Reach out to others with the Peace of Christ.
  • Forgive others during the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Admit that you are not worthy, and then come forward to receive the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ.
  • Receive a special blessing and go forth to make the world a better place.

Questions: Why is going to Liturgy important? When do you feel closest to Jesus when you are at Liturgy? Why?


Soul Food for Teachers

Called to Holiness

I will praise your name for ever, Lord. — Psalm 145:1 Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 / Matthew 24:42-51

We are “called to be holy” St. Paul tells us. The universal call to holiness was a theme emphasized by the Second Vatican Council. Some people think that holiness is only for priests, nuns, and bishops. That they alone are called to be great friends of God. In fact, God calls everyone to holiness, including single people, widows, widowers, and married people. God calls you to be a saint.

The scripture readings indicate some of the central characteristics of holy people, that is, people filled with love of God, others, and themselves. “I give thanks to my God always.” Holy people are filled with gratitude. “I will praise your name for ever, Lord.” Holy people worship God. Holy people serve day in and day out.

Prayer: Dear God, help me respond to Your call to be holy.

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