Imagining a Leader
Where do you see seeds of faith in your culture?
Where do you see weeds?
Often we hear of world leaders or rulers who abuse their power by treating people unjustly. The author of the Book of Wisdom says to God, "Your mastery over all things makes you lenient." To be lenient is to be merciful, kind, and forgiving. Imagine a world leader who would fit this description. Describe him or her, and tell how such a leader might affect the rest of the world.
Strength from PrayerIn the reading from Romans, Saint Paul reminds us to call on God for strength to live as his children. By joining our prayers together we grow even stronger.
Help the children make a prayer chain. Cut strips of various colors of construction paper, 1" by 8 ½ ". Say a short prayer and write it on a strip of construction paper. Form the strip into a loop and tape the ends together. Give each child a strip and help him or her to write a short prayer on this strip. One by one have each child say his or her prayer and add it to the chain. You can either have each child say the prayer on the same day or spread it out over a few days, building the prayer chain gradually. Display this chain in the classroom.