Did you know that November 1 is National Author’s Day? Who was the author of the first book? Though this particular book wasn’t finished until centuries after the first writings that were referred to as books, the Bible was the first conceived book, making the Holy Spirit the first author!
Let’s use the month of thanks to put our spotlight on the Bible and celebrate its history, its genres, its author, and its Message....
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Our Feature Article this month by Sidney K. Ohlhausen, "Douay-Rheims: A Story of Faith"»
Activity One is a free PDF download from Christian Beginnings, Volume 2: Design a scroll»
Activity Two is for older students (5th grade, middle school high school): Help them design a book about themselves. The Bible has many different genres (or types) of writing in it: historical writing, poetry, wisdom sayings, parables, stories. Have your students prepare a book about themselves. Direct them to use each of the genres mentioned here and teach their readers something about themselves.
Our Teacher Pattern is a free PDF download from Teach Me About the Saints: St. Paul»
Soul Food for Teachers is a quote by Frank Sheed: “Without guidance we are at first confused, then discouraged. Even those who persevere do not get a tithe of what there is to be got. One can, of course, read Scripture in a state of pious coma, feeling that the general experience is uplifting and not expecting any very specific meaning – rather like listening to a lovely voice singing in a language we do not know. But this is fooling oneself. To read the Bible without external aids is to fail to take it seriously. ‘The word of God is living and effectual and more piercing than any two-edged sword”: is Scripture so to us? A two-edged sword is not meant for playing with. Aid in using scripture we must indeed have: the Bible read without commentary is like a landscape before sunrise; it is all there, of course, but not to the eye…” Frank Sheed, God the Human Condition. (Leo Knowles, Catholic Book of Quotations, OSV, 2004)
Catechist's Know-How is "How to Express Thanks," by Mary Lou Rosien»
Luke’s gospel tells how You went to the synagogue to pray. You did this regularly. Even though You were still God when you walked around here on earth, you still worshipped the Father. You did this because You knew that human beings need God as much as they need air or water. Luke’s gospel tells us this. Give me the desire, Lord, to find out what else the gospel of Luke tells me about You. And may I attend Mass on Sundays, in imitation of You. Amen.
(Adapted from Kelley Renz’s God Listens to Our Children: Kids’ Prayers for Every Day of the Liturgical Year, 2006. Encourage your parents to order copies for their children.)
Our Sunday Visitor regrets the presence of several mistakes in this book’s third chapter. The corrected version of this Family Gathering may be downloaded by clicking here»
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