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God Loves Us
Saint Isidore the Farmer
Saint Isidore the Farmer cared for the earth, the plants, and the animals. Although he was poor, Saint Isidore shared what he could with others.
Saint Isidore the Farmer
Saint Isidore and his wife, Saint Maria de la Cabeza, lived on a rich man’s farm. Isidore worked for this man his whole life. He took care of the man’s land with love. While Isidore worked, he prayed.
Isidore is the patron saint of farmers, farm animals, and farming communities. He is also the patron saint of picnics!
In many places farm animals and crops are blessed on Saint Isidore’s Day.
God Creates Us
God is the Creator. He made heaven and earth. He created them to show how much he loves us.
God loves everything he makes. What are some things that God has made?
God, help me know that you have made all things so I can see how good and wonderful you are.
God Made Heaven and Earth
At first there was no earth. There was no warm sun during the day. There was no glowing moon at night. No bright stars were shining in the sky. There was only God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Then God made the world. He made the sky, the sun, and the moon. He made the sea. God filled it with different kinds of fish. He made the land. He filled it with many kinds of animals.
Then God said, “Let us make someone special.” So God made a man and a woman. He blessed them and told them to have children. He told them to take good care of the earth.
God looked at everything he had made. God was pleased with all he had done.
adapted from Genesis 1:1-31
What Did God Make?
Fill in the blanks to name things God has made.
These things are shown in the picture.
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Rosa asked her grandmother, “Abuela, why did God make us?”
“Because God is full of love,” said Abuela. “He wanted someone to give his love to. He made the world and all things in it. The sun warms the day. Rain makes things grow.”
“Yes,” said Juanita, Rosa’s sister. “There are fruits and plants to eat. There are many wonderful animals to see!”
“People are also part of God’s creation,” said Abuela. “God wants all people to love and care for one another.”
Our Loving God
We have been created by a loving God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is called the Trinity. God loves us and cares for us. That is why he stays close to us and in our hearts.
Think of the beautiful story of creation. Picture the good things in the world. Remember that God has loved us from the beginning of the world. We can be holy because he loves us.
Reading God’s Word
Everything that God made is good. We are thankful for all that God has given us.
adapted from 1 Timothy 4:4
God made many things. We praise him with the Glory Be to the Father.
As you pray the Glory Be to the Father, think about how much God loves you and cares for you.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Think about the things we praise God for. Thank God for creating you. Thank him for loving you.
Living My Faith
Because he loves us, God made many things. All of them are good. God wants us to take good care of the world.
Words I Learned
Ways of Being Like Jesus
Jesus loves all of us and everything that God made. You are like Jesus when you love all of God’s creation.
With My Family
Have a picnic with your family so you can enjoy God’s world. Talk about God’s creation.
Thank you, God, for all you have made. Help me love you by taking care of your creation.
Draw a picture showing what you will do to take good care of the world this week.
RAISING FAITH-FILLED KIDS: A Parent Page
Focus on Faith
God Says That the World Is Good
Children love surprises. They soak up new experiences every day and ask many why questions about the way things work. It may not always benefit your child to hear these questions—such as “Why is the sky blue?”—answered only with scientific explanations. Instead, a story about how the blue color of the sky reminds us to honor Jesus’ mother, Mary, might sound just right to your child. The first chapter of Genesis is filled with this kind of wonder. God is the great craftsman who created the sun, moon, and stars and said that they are very good. Perhaps even more amazingly, God keeps everything going day after day, and we awake each morning delighted to see that he has done it again. Children are God’s happy surprises, and they remind us not to take things for granted.
Dinnertime Conversation Starter
Share your memories of a time when your family discovered something wonderful or beautiful about the world.
Spirituality in Action
Take your child to the zoo or a lush park. Encourage your child to use all of his or her senses to notice the surroundings. Ask your child to make observations about the animals or plants. Then share with one another an appreciation of these wonders that God has made.
Hints for at Home
Work with your child to create a collage representing the natural wonders that God has created. Use magazine clippings, poster board, and other materials to create the collage. Hang it in a special place in your home.
Focus on Prayer
Your child is learning to pray the Doxology, or Glory Be to the Father. Pray the prayer together often as a family to facilitate memorization. Begin the Glory Be to the Father with the Sign of the Cross.