A message for the modern wife and mom from Paul of the Cross

Making an Altar of Your Heart

St. Paul of the Cross lived in the 1700s. A time period presumably very different from our own. But it seems like wives and mothers of all ages have one thing in common: too much to do.  In 1760, a busy married woman wrote Paul of the Cross saying that she couldn’t find enough time…

A Thanksgiving Plea

Thanksgiving: A Feast for the Soul

Thanks to an outbreak of the bird flu this summer, grocers across the country are warning of possible turkey shortages – fewer and smaller birds for higher prices. Luckily, the bird flu didn’t affect our region too badly, so I’m pretty sure we’ll manage to get a tasty gobbler on the table, and I’m hoping…

A Lenten Reflection on Humility

This is a great C.S. Lewis quote to think about this time of year. Humility is an intriguing topic – an elusive virtue that we all wish we had and very few of us actually have. I could list a gazillion moments when I WISH I had humility; yet it’s very hard to come by.…

Catechism 101 – Lesson 7: Scripture – Inspiration

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 101-108 Objective: Students will understand the inspired nature of Scripture and the process of inspiration. Main Ideas:  Jesus is THE Word of God. All of Scripture, also called the Word of God, is oriented toward Jesus.…

Catechism 101 – Lesson 6: Transmission of Revelation

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 74-100 Objective: Students will understand and appreciate the different ways Divine Revelation is transmitted to us. Main Ideas: Divine Revelation is transmitted through Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magesterium. All three of these sources…

Lent Coloring Pages

I had a little extra time yesterday, so I took a few public domain pictures related to Lent, and transformed them into coloring pages! There are five Lent coloring pages: Palm Sunday The Last Supper Jesus on the cross A host/chalice with grapes and wheat The sacred heart with nails and a flame, surrounded by…

Catechism 101 – Lesson 5: Revelation in Jesus

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 65-67; 73 Objective: Students will understand the significance of God’s revelation of himself through Jesus. Main Ideas: Jesus is the Word of God. He is the perfect and final revelation. Christianity is the new and…

Lent Activity: Interpreting Art

This activity has two parts: Analyzing and interpreting artwork Creating your own artwork Before beginning, talk to your children about the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert, and how he was tempted by the devil, or read the scripture passage directly (Mt. 4: 1-11). Then give each child the first worksheet.…

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Catholic Categories Game

Have you ever played “Scattergories”? This works the same way, but has lists of Catholic categories. It’s not only something both fun and faith-centered, but is also a great way for your kids to brush up on what they know about these categories and learn new things as well. Catholic Categories currently includes two category…

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9 Ways to Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day

St. Joseph is a very holy example who, in my opinion, often doesn’t get enough attention. His role in Jesus’ life remained largely in the background, keeping the spotlight on Jesus and Mary. That was his mission, and he did it very well. But, once in a while, it’s good to turn the spotlight to…

Catechism 101- Lesson 2: Different Ways of Knowing God

To view more Catechism 101 Lesson Plans, click here. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church #31-35 Objective: Students will explore the different ways of knowing God and understand the importance of knowing God through revelation. Main Ideas: In his search for God, man discovers different “proofs” or arguments about his existence. Our natural knowledge…

Introducing Catechism 101 Lesson Plans!

I’m happy to share my newest project with you all: Catechism 101 (free) Lesson Plans! Catechism 101 Lesson Plans will go through the Catechism of the Catholic Church section by section, providing activity ideas and resources for a variety of age groups (6-8, 9-11, 11-13). The activities for ages 11-13 could also be used with…