One problem with waiting to write up a blog after a meeting is that I tend to forget!! Boy is my memory getting bad as I get older. Anyway, fortunately for me, the mom who led it, had her notes written up. Here are the notes for Kindness. Thank you, Christie.
-Tonight we are going to talk about kindness, its such a simple word, such a simple action and it can have huge results!
-our memory verse is…be kind to one another, compassionate and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.
-If I say to you, kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless, what do you think this means? This was actually a quote from Mother Teresa. This quote is true because acting with kindness is so easy to do that it is also easy to forget. Kindness comes out of charity, out of love. Kindness could be said to be the motivation for every virtue we practice.
-Kindness is not a complex virtue to explain, its challenge comes in making it a habit that is never broken. We are kind to those we know, our own circle of friends but not with those who look different or act different. We are kind to our own but cold with the stranger. Your goal is to practice kindness even when it is uncomfortable to do so.
-How many of you have heard the phrase random acts of kindness? Some examples would be paying for someone’s toll or picking up a friends dropped keys. This is great encouragement; however our faith would encourage us to be kind on purpose. Not randomly, not without thought, but done on purpose and out of habit. We shouldn’t have to think about stooping to pick up a drop paper or holding the door for the next person we just do it.
-This is #4 in your books, I want you to think about the last week, think about when people were kind to you, your siblings and others, (after they give some ideas) now, from these ideas of how others were kind to you, let’s make a list of ways you can be kind.
-In the bible Paul speaks of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Paul challenges us to act out of freedom and love and kindness. I want to read part of this now….read Galatians chapter 5 verse 13. In a few minutes we will be making a fruit tree illustrating the fruits of the holy spirit, this way you can hang it in your house to help your family remember. This is #5 in your books
-Our Saint this month is St. Marie-Marguarite d’Youville, here is a little information about her:
She was born in 1771 in Quebec Canada. Marguarite was able to attend the Ursuline school in Montreal. She married Francois d’Youville a fur trader in 1722 with whom she had 6 children. In 1730 her husband died and she had also lost many of her children to sickness and hardship. By 1737 both of Marguarites remaining sons had become priests and Marguarite had joined with other women in serving the sick and the poor. They formed the first Canadian Sisters of Charity and became known as the Grey Nuns. These women attracted others to join their order and spent their lives doing good for others. Her Grey Nuns spread throughout Canada founding schools, hospitals, orphanages and more. They are especially known for their great work among the Eskimo. Margurite died in 1771 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1990. Her feast day is April 11.
-Our Country this month is Canada, our neighbor to the north. The US shares a border with Canada it this border is the longest shared border between two countries. It is a peaceful border with altercations between the 2 countries virtually nonexistent. Has anyone ever been to Canada? What can you tell us about it?
-we have two short crafts tonight the first one I already told you is the fruit tree, and we will be also making a craft that illustrates a quote about being kind. This is #7 in your book. There are a number of beautiful quotes about being kind from the scripture, here are a few…read the quotes.
Then explain the crafts.
Here is the first craft. It came from Oriental Trading.
I will need to add a picture of the second craft. The girls got to use different scrapbook paper to cut out apples. They pasted their "fruits" of the spirit onto each and glued them onto a tree.
Quotes about being kind
-Acts 20:35b - It is more blessed to give than to receive.
-“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
-Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
-Matthew 25:35 -For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
***We will be doing our Baby Shower in May so that will take care of #8