Lessons the Modern Christian Can Learn from

Lessons the Modern Christian Can Learn from St. Paul

  Paul of Tarsus has always been one of my favorite saints. Luckily, my husband likes him too, and therefore had no problem naming our second son after him. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember that Jan 25 is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul until it was too late to prepare something special to…

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…

4 Reasons to FORGIVE even when it seems

Reasons to Forgive Even When It Seems Impossible

As a Bible-loving Christian and practicing Catholic, I have many reasons to believe in the importance of forgiving others. But even if we put aside “theology”, I believe our common human experience gives us several reasons why we should all forgive people who offend us. It’s quite possible that no offense was intended. Think for…

Fill Up My Cup...

Fill Up My Cup…

If you know me in real life, you know that praise and worship music isn’t my thing – unless it’s to get a little entertainment by making fun of it. That “Fill up my cup…” song, though, has a point to it (and no – I still don’t like it). Half the time, discussing whether…

Stay Sane as a Busy Mom

Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…

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Catechism 101 – Lesson 10: Obedience in Faith

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 144-149 Objective: Students will understand the importance of believing even when they don’t see or understand. Main Ideas: We obey out of faith, even when we don’t have the big picture, because we trust in God,…

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Teaching Your Child How to Pray

I LOVE hearing my three year old pray. There is something so special and endearing in hearing such a tiny voice talking to God. Granted, he might not fully understand what he’s saying, but I think the tender sweetness of a child’s prayer is enough to more than melt God’s heart. No matter how young…

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.…

The Perfect Life: Keeping it Real

I’ve seen the question of perfection come up a lot recently on different blogs. I’ve basically observed two different approaches: 1)      Bloggers that share the picture-perfect moments and explain that they don’t do so because they have a perfect life by because they prefer to focus on the good rather than the bad, to spread…

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…

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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…