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Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord proclaims that He makes all things new.

New life in Christ is the promise He makes to us and is fulfilled in the love He bears for us through the Cross and Resurrection.

And He calls us to love one another as He loves us.

New life through love – the basics of the Christian life.

Read on to find out how we can embrace and imitate this love and new life!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

One of the seven social teachings of the Catholic Church, caring for our earthly home is intimately connected to every part of our life.

After quoting an 80s video game and Monty Python, Beth and Kristofer dive into this topic with Kristofer making sure everyone knows he is not a tree hugger.

Then they go on identifying birds and trees as they walk by. Well, the topic is what the topic is – and they do answer the question we all have about that environment issue.

Yeah, that one.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord proclaims that He makes all things new.

New life in Christ is the promise He makes to us and is fulfilled in the love He bears for us through the Cross and Resurrection.

And He calls us to love one another as He loves us.

New life through love – the basics of the Christian life.

Read on to find out how we can embrace and imitate this love and new life!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is the Good Shepherd. We are his people, the flock He shepherds.

What does it mean to be a sheep?

How can we be better sheep to the best Shepherd?

We reflect on the meaning of the love of God for us in our relationship with Him. This relationship is a gift for us to be active participants.

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Third Sunday of Easter – Feed My Sheep

Third Sunday of Easter – Feed My Sheep

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

“Do you love me?” Jesus asks. We reply with Peter, “Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus gives us a job to do – feed the sheep. We are addressed in this week’s Gospel as much as Peter is. How do we feed the sheep? What are we to do with this mandate?

Read on and get some insights into how we are shepherds and what we can do to learn how to be a better one!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit

Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

And He comes to offer His Divine Mercy!

The work of Jesus, through His Apostles down to us is mercy. The unconditional love He has for each of us is a gift of mercy.

We are not worthy that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should come to us, to heal and forgive us, yet He does! In His Church, His ministers, His people – you and me.

Learn more about how we can allow Jesus to work His Divine Mercy through us. Read on and be ready to be changed!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Sunday – Eyewitness Accounts

Easter Sunday – Eyewitness Accounts

Our life in Christ, through His Resurrection is what we celebrate at Easter. This gift of salvation is something we are commanded to share!

The readings for Easter this year include several eyewitness accounts of what happened that day. The first reading is Peter’s testimony in Acts; the Gospel is Mary Magdalene’s witness to the Apostles; and the Psalmist declares his own witness.

And if the Psalmist is true, then we will declare the gift of salvation because we are excited about it! Our witness to Christ’s work in our lives is part of being a member of Christ’s Church.

When Mary, Peter, John, and all the other disciples shared their eyewitness accounts, they invited their listeners into relationship with Jesus, so everyone who hears has the opportunity to the new life in Christ. It is too good to keep to ourselves…it is too good not to share with others.

Our Discussion section invites us to remember those who witnessed to us, and our activity rises to the occasion!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD

Palm Sunday Mass is pretty long, just getting out of the gate! The Gospel reading gives all of us an opportunity to participate, and being ready for that is what this week’s TWMWU is all about.

Who are you in this narrative? Who are the people you know? Who do we want to be?

As we enter into Holy Week, kids may be anticipating eggs and candy and a bunny – but making it through the passion-play we all re-enact can be distracting and even boring for the best of us if we aren’t focused. Getting children focused, and helping them understand what is going on as the congregation says “Crucify Him!” is a breeze with the aids and coloring book we have for free download.

And, yes, we encourage these to accompany little ones to Mass!

Not only will you be better prepared for Mass with this week’s Warm-Up, so will children you help, and this will make for a much more profound, meaningful, and convicting Holy Week.

Do we dare something different this year, or are we just glad Lent is over? Your choice is in This Week’s Mass Warm-Up…

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Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

One of the seven social teachings of the Catholic Church, caring for our earthly home is intimately connected to every part of our life.

After quoting an 80s video game and Monty Python, Beth and Kristofer dive into this topic with Kristofer making sure everyone knows he is not a tree hugger.

Then they go on identifying birds and trees as they walk by. Well, the topic is what the topic is – and they do answer the question we all have about that environment issue.

Yeah, that one.

Religious Education vs Faith Formation – Episode 94

Religious Education vs Faith Formation – Episode 94

What is the difference between Religious Education, Faith Formation, Catechism Class, and CCD?

On the surface, it can appear that they are one and the same;, but there are, in fact, many important differences,

Mom and Dad answer the question and talk about what each of these are and entail – and they have a lot of experience with each of them!

Spiritual Works Of Mercy – Episode 93

Spiritual Works Of Mercy – Episode 93

In last week’s episode, Mom and Dad covered the Corporal Works of Mercy.

In this episode, they talk about the Spiritual Works of Mercy: instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish the sinners, bear patiently those who wrong us, forgive offenses, comfort the sorrowful, and pray for the living and the dead.

And they tell us how to do that in our busy lives.

Corporal Works of Mercy – Episode 92

Corporal Works of Mercy – Episode 92

The seven Corporal works of Mercy – feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, and bury the dead – are very important parts of outwardly showing our Christian love to the world.

But how do we do them right?

Who are “the least of these?”

In this episode, Mom and Dad answer these questions and explain what the Corporal Works of Mercy are.

And then sum it up with three words that are easy to remember.

The Triduum – Episode 91

The Triduum – Episode 91

Mom and Dad talk about the three days before Easter, the Triduum, and their importance in our faith.

What happens on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday?

Why do certain things happen on these days that don’t happen at any other time of the year?

This podcast will help you learn just what we do during the Triduum.

Palm Sunday- Episode 90

Palm Sunday- Episode 90

Palm Sunday is an important day in the liturgical year, but what is it?

Mom and Dad explain the historical context for Palm Sunday; they explain why the Pharisees and the high priests of Jerusalem got mad at Jesus.

They tell us why the people would go from laying palm branches before Jesus to screaming “Crucify him! Crucify him!” over the course of a mere 5 days.

And they share how we can all better prepare for Easter by making this a truly Holy Week.

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Fruits of the Spirit: Conclusion

Fruits of the Spirit: Conclusion

Mom and Dad summarize the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in this episode. As well as a paragraph from the catechism. No fruit can be external without being internal. Just like any orchard, or tree, we need to cultivate it. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Chastity

Fruits of the Spirit: Chastity

What is Chastity? Mom and Dad explore this including the fact that it is not only, although it’s a big part of it, keeping our purity outside of marriage. There are so many opportunities for unchaste actions after marriage. Getting married does not automatically mean we are chaste! Chastity is the call to love sacrificially with our bodies.

Chastity is the fruit that is borne from a healthy relationship. We can be unchaste before or after marriage. There is always regret after we have been unchaste. Chastity is a fruit that is simply following natural law. -Nathaniel

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: Self Control

Fruits of the Spirit: Self Control

Mom and Dad explore Self Control in this short video. Self Control is much like Temperance. Being Self Controlled is watching what we say, do, and think. When we have true Self Control, we recognize our sins immediately. When we lack self control, we can fall into a state of sin very easily.

It also provides us the grace in apologizing. The more we do it, the more we realize we should be doing it also the more we do it the less we need to do it. The true fruit of Self Control is how we act when we’re alone.

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: Modesty

Fruits of the Spirit: Modesty

Mom and Dad explore Modesty in this episode. The thing that probably comes to mind first is CLOTHING! We seem to stretch the meaning of modesty in that regard, thinking that to look beautiful, we need to be immodest.

But, it’s not all about clothing! Remember, Fruits have multiple manifestations. We will automatically find that DOING Modest, or dressing appropriately, will come if we ARE Modest. Modesty has to do with how we think of our own selves.

Modesty is like the opposite of sinful Pride. It means we are selfless. A combination of Humility, selflessness, dignity and Prudence.

Modesty is also in thought, speech, and dress. Also, it is how we treat ourselves when we’re alone. -Nathaniel

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