Fruit - Parent Letter
Dear Parents and Family,
The second session of our series
, began with a high-energy relay game. The talk taught the youth about how sin entered the world through our first parents and the consequences humanity faces because of the Fall. After the talk, the youth were challenged to think and reflect on all the ways that they may mistrust God. The end of the session had another short teaching about God’s plan of salvation immediately following the Fall.
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God created humanity with free will in order for humanity’s love to be true and freedom to be full — but that brings with it the possibility of choosing evil, or not-God.
Because they did not fully trust God, Adam and Eve believed the lies of the serpent and ate the fruit – the one thing God told them not to do.
Sin enters the world, bringing disharmony, discord, disorder, and disaster.
“God is infinitely good and all his works are good. Yet no one can escape the experience of suffering or the evils in nature which seem to be linked to the limitations proper to creatures: and above all to the question of moral evil. Where does evil come from? ‘I sought whence evil comes and there was no solution,’ said St. Augustine, and his own painful quest would only be resolved by his conversion to the living God. For ‘the mystery of lawlessness’ is clarified only in the light of the ‘mystery of our religion.’ The revelation of divine love in Christ manifested at the same time the extent of evil and the superabundance of grace. We must therefore approach the question of the origin of evil by fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror.” (CCC 385)
“If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:17-19)
Family Reflection Questions:
What was God’s plan after the Fall of Adam and Eve?
How does it make you feel when you think that Jesus died to set you free from sin?
Find a time to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family. St. Cecilia offers the sacrament on Saturdays, 8:40 - 10 am and 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We also have Lenten Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm.
What can we do as a family to be reminded of this great love of God?
Sent by Amanda Jewett on Sunday, March 11 at 12:25PM