(taken from www.cfckfl.org)
Hi KFL Friends!
It’s rainy month again and may somehow dampen our spirits because of the floods and a lot of no-school days… but hey, there’s a lot more to celebrate because this month, the biggest celebration of youth gathering from all over the world will happen at Madrid, Spain for the World Youth Day! And not only that, our Fulltime Pastoral Workers are given the privilege to attend this once-in-a-lifetime experience to have their own personal Jesus-experience with other youths and the chance to meet the Pope! All because of your help and prayers!
As we celebrate the WYD Month, us in KFL will be focusing on the topic about the Sacrament of Penance. This sacrament will allow us to have a deeper understanding on our relationship with our God by being aware of the things that hurts Him. This will also help us realize the importance of asking forgiveness to those people we’ve caused pain and giving forgiveness to those who have hurt us.
To forgive and to ask forgiveness are one of the virtues we often have the difficulty to practice with. And the Lord knows it; that is why he included it in His prayer – “and forgives us our debts as we forgive those who sinned against us”. The Lord tells us to first ask forgiveness for this requires humility on our end, and giving forgiveness is just the result of our humility. Also, Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew what we could benefit in forgiving others – “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.” (Mt. 6:14). So, before we teach the kids about forgiveness, let us reflect in ourselves if we are really practicing this virtue. For this month’s topic is not only for the kids to learn, but also to remind us adults, that forgiveness is the key to lasting relationships and hopefully will bring us closer to others, a deeper understanding of our weaknesses and a much stronger relationship with the Lord.
Keep the faith and share the fire of love and passion to serve the Lord to the kids! Remember, they are the next generation; what we passed on to them is what they will bring in their lives. Let’s strive to give them our best.
We are one with you in prayers,
The KFL Team 🙂