April: LOVE

 I wonder what love might mean to you?

What do you to show someone you love them?

How could love help to nurture your family and community?

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Pre-K - Grade 5

Grade 6-8

Parents

For the littleist ones

Diddy Disciples offers podcasts for babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy simplified Bible lessons filled with imaginative play and song as they are introduced to important faith virtues.

Check out how they present the message of LOVE through the story of the Good Samaritan.

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Wonder

What is Agape Love?

While we read the word "love" in the New Testament, many of the New Testament writers actually used the Greek word, "agape." The dictionary definition of agape is: a selfless love with no strings attached, no matter what the situation. Does that sound like the kind of love God gives us?

Book Pages

Explore

Christ has risen! Alleluia! The joy of Easter is the knowledge that nothing can ever separate us from God -- not even death. Jesus invites and shows us the way into a deeper relationship with God. God is love. Each one of us is God's beloved child. God's love is our treasure. We seek to live that love with others, self and all of God's creation. Take time this month to delve into these lessons:


LOVE EVERYONE: Paul's Message of Love to the People of Corinth
Children of God Storybook Bible (p. 120)
The Good News Bible or
The Message: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13


SHARE OTHER PEOPLE'S HURT OR JOY: Jesus, the Healer of a Paralyzed Man Children of God Storybook Bible (p. 90)
The Good News Bible or The Message: Luke 5:17-26


WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER: Love and the Law
Children of God Storybook Bible (p. 82)The Good News Bible or The Message: Mark 12:28-34 and 1 John 3:16-18


You can use the Love First lectio to wonder about each lesson through the Lens of Love, the Mirror of Love, and the Window of Love.

Pray

Use the EXAMEN prayer to reflect on living a life of love with God's help:

1. GIVE THANKS for someone you love today.

2. ASK FOR HELP to love someone who is hard to love.

3. REFLECT on your day and think about the times when you have shown practical love to someone else ☺ or a time when you could have acted in a more loving way .

4. SAY SORRY for the times you have acted in a way that didn’t show love .

5. DECIDE how you will share love with others through your thoughts, actions and words .

Bless & Go: Cube of Love

A Cube of Love and a set of cards are inside your Easter-in-a-bag! The Cube of Love consists of six statements to put faith in action and to love as Jesus does. Originated by the Focolare Movement, it is a way to focus each day on one of the following: Love everyone, Love one another, Share the other's hurt or joy, Love your enemy, Be the first to love, and Love Jesus in the other. Each statement is described in more detail in your cards. Here is how you can bless others using the Cube of Love and Cards:

Roll the cube in the morning at breakfast and encourage everyone in your family to look that day for instances of that love, or find ways to be that kind of love with others. In the evening, at mealtime or bedtime, talk about what you observed or did.

Once a week, read one card, prayer and the lesson using a bible or story bible. The lessons are also listed in the EXPLORE section above. Wonder together how you see love in the story, how you may have experienced that love yourself, and how you can be that love in the world.