FAMILY PERSPECTIVE - Diocese of Cleveland

March 1, 2015
Second Sunday of Lent
March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Lent
When Jesus was transfigured, the apostles saw Him as
they had never seen Him before and they were
frightened. When we experience change in a person we
love, we frequently resist it because it often means we
must change our way of relating to that person. Take a
closer look at Jesus and your relationships. What
changes do you need to make this Lent that will reflect
the glory of God? Ask for grace to change.
When Jesus drove the merchants out of the temple, he was
not angry, he was PASSIONATE! Jesus clearly believed
in what He was doing! The gospel tells us that because of
this, “many believed in His Name because they saw the
signs that He was showing them.” If we expect our
children to learn our values and beliefs, then they must
witness our passion for these values. Just like the people
in today’s gospel, our children need to see the signs of
what we‘re doing if they are to believe. Children need us
to be passionate leaders.
March 15, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Today’s gospel speaks of light
and darkness. There are times
comforting when it makes no
demands on us. Light disturbs
when it forces us to squint,
refocus and take action regarding
what we see. In light we see
others clearly as they are. In
families, the challenge is always
to live in the light--not in
avoidance or denial.
March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
How can you live by dying?
Letting go of control is one key to
a loving relationship.
requires trust: trust in oneself and
trust in others. If we don’t let go
of our need to control we don’t
experience the joy found in
trusting ourselves to another and
being completely accepted by that
other. In the end we will lose what
we are trying to control and hold
onto – we can only have by letting
The Passion of Jesus makes it clear that
no one escapes suffering. While it is an
inevitable part of life, no one should
have to suffer alone. That is one of the
primary roles of families: to stand with
and support each other in suffering.
Who in your family needs your
support? You can make this week a
hope-filled Holy Week by reaching out
to those in need.
March 1, 2015
For those in our parish whose lives have been changed by death or divorce, that they might
find supportive people of faith who help them hope, love and forgive, we pray to the Lord.
March 8, 2015
For those families in our parish, who feel overwhelmed with the care of an older member,
that they might find the strength to continue to be loving and patient caregivers, we pray to
the Lord.
March 15, 2015
For those imprisoned and for their families, that they might find solace, understanding and
support in the Christian community, we pray to the Lord.
March 22, 2015
For families divided by conflict, that they might find peaceful ways to resolve differences so
that the needs of all might be addressed, we pray to the Lord.
March 29, 2015
May the Passion of Jesus give meaning to those who suffer the pain of illness or who feel
abandoned and alone. May our parish community offer support for the families that care for
them, we pray to the Lord.