24 Apr Why Are We Persecuted? (Acts 9:4) by Brandon McAuliffe
“He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'” ~ Acts 9:4 (full readings)
Brandon’s Reflections: Persecution is something that we face in our daily lives because there are always two sides to the story. We live in a city where being Catholic is in the minority and supporting our beliefs subjects us to ridicule in school on a regular basis — including our Pro-Life beliefs. We hear things such as people wanting us to join their religion because it’s not as strict and doesn’t have as many rules. They tend to gang up on us like Saul did towards the disciples. People also accuse us of praying to statues and Mary and accuse us of cannibalism for partaking in the Eucharist. We respond by telling people that we are asking Mary to pray to God on our behalf. We use examples of how we use pictures to remind us of what saints have done for Christ. We also tell our friends that the Eucharist is our spiritual Body and Blood of Christ and the ark of the new covenant.
* This was written by the 8th grade boys Religious Education class at Holy Family Catholic Church. The class has spent this year learning about the church, sacraments and living life as a prayer. The class is taught by Jeremy Kingston and Brandon McAuliffe and has several LIFE Runners in it..
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