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Glory to God

Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest! Glory be to God! Glory Hallelujah! Good glory…what is all this “glory”?

In English, we use this one word so much, while the original languages of the Bible use many different words for different types of glory. In this week’s readings, we see the glory of God manifested in Jesus, who shows us how to glorify the Lord – give glory to Him – by His example, which glorifies Him. Wow!

Wrapping up this week’s TWMWU, we look at how we can “glorify The Lord by our lives.” That’s a familiar phrase, isn’t it? This week, find out where it comes from and what to do about it.

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Glory – Episode 78

Glory – Episode 78

This was a fun episode to do, and is a funny one to listen to!

What’s in a word?

Glory is one of those words that the English language has done a disservice to. It’s like “snow” compared to indigenous people in polar regions, or “love” translated from the Greek in the English Bible.

In this episode dedicated to Mary Henriquez, Beth and Kristofer discuss the idea of glory, and the many facets of it, and how it is used for its many different meanings.

Beth shares some history and meanings of words we use that are a part of the meaning of glory, so Kristofer learns a little Hebrew and Greek, despite his uncanny ability to get distracted by everything.

And they do it all in less than 22 minutes!

As a bonus, Kristofer keeps the song references to only those that have “glory” in them. Apparently, there are a lot.

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Glory to God

Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest! Glory be to God! Glory Hallelujah! Good glory…what is all this “glory”?

In English, we use this one word so much, while the original languages of the Bible use many different words for different types of glory. In this week’s readings, we see the glory of God manifested in Jesus, who shows us how to glorify the Lord – give glory to Him – by His example, which glorifies Him. Wow!

Wrapping up this week’s TWMWU, we look at how we can “glorify The Lord by our lives.” That’s a familiar phrase, isn’t it? This week, find out where it comes from and what to do about it.

Grace Revealed, Grace Received

Grace Revealed, Grace Received

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord gives us the opportunity to learn about our own Baptism and the sanctifying grace we receive.

But what is sanctifying grace? And what is actual grace?

This week we explore these very important topics through the Mass readings, and learn to understand more about the indelible mark on our soul that reveals us as chosen by God and never abandoned by Him.

We look at the Sacraments and how they continually offer and provide for us that grace to be in union and communion with God – and each other!

The activity gives us an opportunity to practice that communion, and includes a free, downloadable wallet card suitable for all ages.

Honor Your Father and Mother

Honor Your Father and Mother

How do we honor our father and mother, and our children? How do we treat one another? And if I honor my father and mother, what’s in it for me? What are the benefits of an attitude of love and respect for my father and mother? Well, the first paragraph of the first reading lists a treasure trove!

The Christmas season we began on Christmas Day is a time for family. We know that because the first time it was celebrated was by the Holy Family. If you are Catholic, you are commanded to “Honor Your Father and Mother”. As children and adults, sometimes that is hard! As our global, universal, Catholic Family continues the celebrating and feasting of the Christmas season, the Church gives us the gift of this wonderful feast to reflect on our individual, personal, unique part in our families.

Spoiler: Our activity this week sets you up for all those goodies in that first reading!

Luckily, we have some great role models to help us out: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We hope and pray that your preparations for this wonderful season celebrating the birth of Our Lord have been fruitful.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we reflect on His humble beginnings, and our hearts. Can we make our hearts a comfortable and desirable place for Jesus to dwell?

This week’s activity is perfect, and we bet you are already doing it!

May the love of Christ be with  you and your loved ones today and always! Merry Christmas!

God’s Will Be Done

God’s Will Be Done

When we say, “Thy will be done,” do we really mean it? Do we recognize how dangerous that is to our daily routine and lives? Do we see that we are asking for the disruption and then fight against it as we insist upon our will the rest of the week? God’s Will, is our key to joy and happiness, and our path to holiness. There is no more futile effort than to fight against God, and no reason to do so.

God knows what is best for us, and for all of creation. This week, we learn that from Mary’s acceptance that God’s Will be done in her life, for the benefit of all of mankind. Was she the first to say, “Thy Will be done”?

The activity may be something you do already, with a slight twist.

And there is an infographic of the Our Father!

Rejoice in The Lord

Rejoice in The Lord

Rejoice in The Lord always! Again, I say rejoice! This third week of Advent is more than just priests wearing pink…it’s about the coming of The Lord and His birth is nearly upon us!

So this week’s readings lead us to The Lord in a unique way, and they give us a sense of salvation – the cross – while we anticipate an innocent baby being born.

Our activity is a simple but not easy moment or two each evening with our family. Do you dare approach The Lord and anticipate His arrival with such a small sacrifice?

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Glory – Episode 78

Glory – Episode 78

This was a fun episode to do, and is a funny one to listen to!

What’s in a word?

Glory is one of those words that the English language has done a disservice to. It’s like “snow” compared to indigenous people in polar regions, or “love” translated from the Greek in the English Bible.

In this episode dedicated to Mary Henriquez, Beth and Kristofer discuss the idea of glory, and the many facets of it, and how it is used for its many different meanings.

Beth shares some history and meanings of words we use that are a part of the meaning of glory, so Kristofer learns a little Hebrew and Greek, despite his uncanny ability to get distracted by everything.

And they do it all in less than 22 minutes!

As a bonus, Kristofer keeps the song references to only those that have “glory” in them. Apparently, there are a lot.

Kerygma – Episode 77

Kerygma – Episode 77

Kerygma?

Most likely this is a term you have not heard. But it is the thread that encapsulates our entire faith. It is what our entire existence and salvation relies upon.

In this episode, we share the Kerygma, define it, and invite you to join us in it. The only gain you get is Heaven.

Kerygma is the biggest secret, but also the most obvious thing…

Beth and Kristofer conflict with each other in this episode. Beth’s knowledge and wisdom butts up against Kristofer’s ignorance, and the result is a classic pursuit of Perfection!

Do Only Catholics Go To Heaven? – Episode 76

Do Only Catholics Go To Heaven? – Episode 76

Who goes to Heaven?

Some say only Catholics. Some say Catholics do not. Some say all sorts of things.

What does the Catholic Church say?

In this episode that we did while driving back from Kristofer’s spiritual director, we tackle a question brought up by a friend and actually addressed by the Church.

We go Summa on you, Vatican II on you, and all that in 20 minutes, when we could have answered it in less than a second.

Which we do about six minutes in.

Discerning God’s Will – Part 2 – Episode 75

Discerning God’s Will – Part 2 – Episode 75

So how do we know we are or have discerned God’s Will?

In this episode, Kristofer gives one of many concrete examples while he and Beth challenge us to see the miraculous as merely God’s Will that we should expect.

Beth gives great counsel on seeking God’s Will while Kristofer accidentally trips over some doctrine, thinking he came up with something The Church might have missed.

We CAN know God’s Will.

Here’s how…

Discerning God’s Will – Part 1 – Episode 74

Discerning God’s Will – Part 1 – Episode 74

The Lord’s will and how we know it is His will for us and how we can discern his will and what that means, are, as Beth puts it, the topic of this episode.

That’s a lot, and though we go deep we barely scratch the surface.

Or pound nails, as Kristofer’s inadvertent carpentry analogy gets a lot of air-time and seems to work the further we get into it.

Discerning what God wants us to do is simple.

But difficult.

This is a topic worthy of more than one episode, so this is part one.

The Laity – Episode 73

The Laity – Episode 73

What is my role as a lay person in the Church?

As laity we need to recognize how crucial we are to the Church.

This important discussion about the family of The Church – you and we who, without us, there is no Church – edifies all of us little people, and explores what we can and should do as members of the largest family in the history of the universe.

A little Mr. Rogers and some Bobby McFerrin to accompany us on this beautiful day in our neighborhood, Kristofer gets a bit philosophical at the risk of causing you to stop listening, and Beth makes some theological points in layman’s terms.

Thanks for joining us, neighbor!

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Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

Mom and dad explore the fruit of Gentleness. How is Mary related to Gentleness? Gentleness is probably the easiest Fruit to understand. Gentleness is having a soft touch in our truthfulness. In Gentleness we are called to “speak the Truth in Love”

It is the manifestation of the Golden Rule. We don’t know someone’s story. we don’t know where they came are coming from or where it is going. It’s one of those Fruits that we can “Fake it ’till i make it” -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

Will Goodness always stay? What is it? Mom and Dad talk about how the Goodness that we practice is not done for a motive, but that it is natural for us to do it. They say that if we have God in us, we have Goodness. One of the Transcendentals, or attributes of God, is Goodness. The Fruit of Goodness is us cooperating with the Divine Life in us known as Grace; it is a reflection of God within us.

Remember those bracelets that said “What would Jesus do?” If we were using Goodness, we would not need to have the reminders. So, we should not DO good for the sake of DOING good; we should BE good, and the Doing will soon follow. Goodness comes from God; therefore, if we cooperate with the Big Guy, we will BE good. If we are not being good we soon realize it, and then we would have done good. Focus on BEING good as opposed to DOING good, and we are well on our way. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

What is Kindness? Is it Niceness? Learn the difference between the two words as well as if Jesus was one, and, if so, which one. Are you a chicken on a june-bug when something ticks you off? Learn how to be kind about everything. When Justice and Mercy are used in all things Kindness just exudes from that. When you are Kind, you are being Truthful; whereas niceness can feed sin and ego. When we practice Kindness, we take them “along side us” as Mom says. Being nice can be sinful if you do it too much, and Kindness is much a symptom of other virtues. It may not get that much air-play, but it is a very important Fruit as all of them are. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Patience

Fruits of the Spirit: Patience

Presented by Mom and Dad, this episode discusses Patience. What is Patience? Is it true that if you pray for patience God will give you lots of opportunities to practice it? Answers to these questions are addressed as well as the fact that human nature lends itself to stuff being done “our way” as opposed to Patiently waiting for God’s way. Thrown in are a few laughs, and anecdotes, and this will lead you to see the view of patience that Mom and Dad have. -Nathaniel.

Fruits of the Spirit: Peace

Fruits of the Spirit: Peace

What is Peace? Why do we say “Peace be with you” at mass? Mom and Dad answer these question and more in this video that tells us that peace gives us a sense of security in the Lord. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Joy

Fruits of the Spirit: Joy

What is joy? Is it happiness? Why should we have joy? These frequently asked questions are answered in this short video. Join Mom and Dad in this talk about joy, how trust leads to joy, and how joy leads to hope. -Nathaniel

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