Greetings Assumption Catholic Schools,
We pray for everyone associated with Assumption Catholic Schools. I hope you continue to enjoy the blessings of God and the fruits of the Holy Spirit in your lives.
This week our strength building on the virtue of
PRUDENCE is FORESIGHT
The strength to think ahead and consider
what if or what might happen.
How does FORESIGHT help us make a decision if
we wanted to go swimming or surfing at this
Would it be PRUDENT to go swimming in October
at this beach?
The Baltimore Catechism defines occasion of sin as “all the persons, places
and things that may easily lead us into sin.” And in one version of the Act of
Contrition we say, “I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more,
and to avoid the near occasions of sin.”
On a practical level, what does avoiding near occasions of sin mean for us?
Well, for example, if you know that hanging-out with certain people will get you
into trouble, stop meeting with them.
If visiting certain sites on the Internet causes you to get really angry, upset or
have bad thoughts, stop visiting them.
If playing video games for too long causes you to become more lazy and
selfish, stop playing them.
If looking at your phone while in your bed causes you to get less sleep, stop
looking at your phone or put it further away from your bed.
We’re well-intentioned but we’re also weak, sinful creatures and we easily give
Don’t test the limits of your moral strength. If something is going to lead you
into sin, avoid it.
Something to think about: What are the occasions of sin in your life? Who are
the people, what are the habits, places and things that tend to get you into
Something to think about. Do a little exam:
What are the occasions of sin in your life?
Who are the people, what are the habits, places
and things that tend to get you into trouble?
Matthew 25: 1-13
THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking
their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And
five of them were foolish, and five wise.
But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with
them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps.
And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept. And at
midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go
ye forth to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the
foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone
out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough
for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for
Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that
were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was
shut. But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord,
open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you
not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“For our Lord Jesus Christ I am prepared to suffer
– St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Remember, that you have only one soul;
that you have only one death to die;
that you have only one life…
If you do this, there will be many things about which
you care nothing.”
– St. Teresa of Jesus
“How insignificant earth seems to me when I
– St. Ignatius of Loyola
“Our labor here is brief, but the reward is eternal.
Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world,
which passes like a shadow. Do not let false
delights of a deceptive world deceive you.”
– St. Clare of Assisi
THE WEAKNESS OF FAILING TO THINK AHEAD AND PREPARE.
Grant me grace, O merciful God,
to desire ardently all that is pleasing to Thee,
to examine it prudently,
to acknowledge it truthfully,
and to accomplish it perfectly, f
or the praise and glory of Thy Name.
– St. Thomas Aquinas
On this 49th anniversary of Roe v Wade, we pray for the protection of life from conception to natural death.
In Christ’s Peace