Talmidim Challenge for Lesson 1

1. Just Ask: Begin and end each day with this simple prayer: "Jesus help me follow you, I want to hear your voice."

2. Know His Voice: Spend 15 minutes each day this week meditating on Scripture.

3. Give Samples of Jesus: This week, hand out 3 free samples of Jesus. Write down what you did, how you felt and the outcome of the free sample giving.

Talmidim Challenge for Lesson 2

1. Just Ask: Begin and end each day with this simple prayer: "Jesus help me follow you, I want to hear your voice."

2. Be Available: Make a conscious effort to be present and to listen intently to someone, even at a moment —or especially at a moment when you feel you are too busy. Be present to: a child, your spouse, a co-workeer, a friend, a stranger.

3. Invite Companionship: Each day, pray about someone you can be a mentor to. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your prayer.

4. Know by Name: When you meet someone this week, say their name 5 times in your head and then be sure to call them by name during the conversation.

Talmidim Challenge for Lesson 3

1. Just Ask: Begin and end each day with this simple prayer: "Jesus help me follow you, I want to hear your voice."

2. Stop Staring at Marshmellows: Find Something Else To Do: This week, when you catch yourself staring at Facebook, or surfing the Internet, or watching a waterskiing squirrel on YouTube, or mindlessly watching t.v., etc... stop and intentionally change what you're doing to be with the Creator. Take the time to slowly and intentionaly pray the Our Father, or to review any or all of the Catechism paragraphs 2777-2865. (You may want to even drive to an adoration chapel to be with the Lord to do this.)

3. Get in Sync: Each day, find your quiet place and set aside 10 minutes of uninterrupted time to pray the Scriptures. Use the Scriptures referenced in today's lesson on your handout, praying a different one each day. (You may want to even drive to an adoration chapel to be with the Lord to do this.)

4. Seek the Kingdom: Set Your Mind On Things Above: Write the following on a card, or various cards placed around your house, or send yourself scheduled emails throughout the day, or set the alarm on your iPhone to remind you mulitple times during the day to pray: "God help me put You first. Help me do Your will."

 

Talmidim Challenge for Lesson 4

1. Be an EFFECTIVE Mentor

Practical Ways to be an effective mentor:

 Prayer

  • Pray out loud with the one you are mentoring
  • Do Lectio Divina with them. Walk them through it step by step. Great resource: Praying Scripture for a Change, by Dr. Tim Gray
  • Pray before meals at restaurants, be a witness in public
  • When you hear of a need, stop and say, “Let’s pray...”
  • Give instructions on how to pray. Perhaps a  rosary with an instructions. Great resource: My Complete Rosary Prayer Book
  • Give a prayer card in a greeting card
  • Have a Mass said for them
  • Leave prayer materials out and around the house
  • Give a Rosary and share your story with them. Tell them how the prayer changed your life.

 

Sacraments

  • Invite them with you to reconciliation and encourage them not to be afraid. Perhaps go through a dry-run so they know what to expect. Give them a card with the Act of Contrition
  • Witness to the beauty of the sacrament. “I just went to Reconciliation and I feel like such a weight has been lifted from me.”
  • Support your priests. Pray for your priest
  • Bring them to an ordination
  • Explain the sacraments and explain graces and pray for them
  • Prepare a warm wonderful theological explanation of why non-Catholics cannot take communion
  • Be an active Godparent

 

Encouragement

  • Buy them a book, perhaps one in an area in which they are struggling
  • Take time to talk and listen to the person
  • Share stories of the saints who struggled
  • Share your stories and your struggles
  • Tell them where they are doing well

 

Provide Resources that are Faithful to the Church

  • Bring to a Catholic Theater such as Open Window
  • Invite them to a Catholic Bible Study. Great Resource: The Great Adventure
  • Great Catholic Reference Websites:
  • Ignatius Press, OSV, Servant, Ascension Press
  • Opportunities for further education: Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, Augustine Institute
  • Relevant Radio
  • EWTN
  • CatholicTV
  • Catholic Parents Online/ CatholicMom.com
  • Theology on Tap
  • NET ministries/ SPO/ FOCUS
  • Rediscover
  • Argument of the Month Club
  • Chesterton Society
  • Siena Symposium
  • Jesus Heals

 

Invite them to join you

  • On a retreat
  • To Catholic Bookstore
  • Invite to special Mass: Veterans Mass

 

Journaling the relationship

  • Moleskine notebook
  • Use a book such as “The Sound of His Voice” by Carol Marquardt. (Available at St. George’s Catholic Bookstore)