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Quiet! Be Still!

Quiet! Be Still!

In Mass this week, Jesus rebukes a storm, teaching the frightened, suffering Apostles how to rebuke the storms in their lives by being quiet, being still.

This week, the lesson is all about understanding our suffering and how to deal with it. Job, probably the most well-known suffering servant in the Bible after Jesus, gets us started in the readings, and we learn from Paul that better days await us.

Our discussion helps us know everyone suffers, and our activity helps us put our suffering in God’s hands, and see it from His perspective.

The activity gives us an excuse to get outside with each other. Take advantage of it!

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Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Episode 48

Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Episode 48

Mama and Daddy talk about vaccines, testing God, and other Bits ‘n’ Pieces. They offer wisdom, anecdotes, and little, well, Bits ‘n’ Pieces of other things! This is an off-the-cuff casual conversation about lots of things happening right now.

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Quiet! Be Still!

Quiet! Be Still!

In Mass this week, Jesus rebukes a storm, teaching the frightened, suffering Apostles how to rebuke the storms in their lives by being quiet, being still.

This week, the lesson is all about understanding our suffering and how to deal with it. Job, probably the most well-known suffering servant in the Bible after Jesus, gets us started in the readings, and we learn from Paul that better days await us.

Our discussion helps us know everyone suffers, and our activity helps us put our suffering in God’s hands, and see it from His perspective.

The activity gives us an excuse to get outside with each other. Take advantage of it!

Seeds, Fruits, and Branches

Seeds, Fruits, and Branches

What’s in a mustard seed?

Jesus talks a lot about mustard seeds, and this week we get Ezekiel in on the action. Palm trees, cedar trees, mustard trees!

Are we like these seeds? Can God create from us who we truly are supposed to be, and what we are truly supposed to do, as unique, unrepeatable individuals in this specific place and time? Paul encourages us this week to be courageous and aspire to please God – like these great trees!

Even the Alleluia gets in on the seedss: “The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever!”

Is our faith open enough to let Him bloom in us the great comfort and strength, conviction and growth for others as He build his kingdom?

Break out the baby pictures! The activity this week is fun, and it starts with looking at a mustard seed and seeing the size of the tree it grows into (HINT: That’s it above!)

Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The source and summit of our Catholic Faith is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. He is actually present – physically – in the Eucharist. Finding God is easy as a Catholic – He comes to Mass every day and leaves inside us.

This week we talk about the Institution Narrative in the Gospel of Mark that we will hear in the Gospel Reading at Mass on Sunday.

We discuss the mystery and reality of Jesus being present at Mass with us and in us, and our activity is a solemn one we should do every Sunday – at least!

Plus, links to several Spiritual Communions and a link to the Code of Canon Law to see if you are able to receive Communion in the Catholic Church.

That’s a lot packed into 459 words and less than three minutes of your time!

Ordinary Time – Summer 2021

Ordinary Time – Summer 2021

Ordinary Time is called this because we use counting numbers to designate the weeks – First, Second, Third, etc. These are the “ordinal” numbers. It is NOT because it is hum-drum, or unimportant. Ordinary Time is just as important as the other seasons in the Church...

The Central Mystery: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Central Mystery: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

What is the Most Holy Trinity?

Well, that is the mystery – the central mystery – of our faith. In this lesson, we discuss the meanings of both, the basic justification for the understanding we have, and how this and other mysteries have been revealed to us, the Church.

And there is a simple activity that perhaps we should all be doing anyway…

Receive The Holy Spirit

Receive The Holy Spirit

FINALLY! The Apostles receive the Holy Spirit in this long and glorious story leading up to the birth of The Church.

Wait…what? Didn’t Jesus give them the Holy Spirit already?

Aha! There’s the rub. There is a big difference between being given something and receiving it.

In this lesson for this coming Sunday’s Mass readings. Beth explores that strange but true fact and shares its connection with our Baptism and our entire life.

The activity is simple and fun, and a little exasperating probably, especially if you like fruit or sweets…

Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Episode 48

Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Episode 48

Mama and Daddy talk about vaccines, testing God, and other Bits ‘n’ Pieces. They offer wisdom, anecdotes, and little, well, Bits ‘n’ Pieces of other things! This is an off-the-cuff casual conversation about lots of things happening right now.

The Magisterium – Episode 47

The Magisterium – Episode 47

What is the Magisterium? What does they do? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer these questions alongside others like what if a bishop makes a mistake? Who is right and who is wrong on matters of faith? Mama and Daddy cover this topic with all their usual grace and humor!

Ordinary Time – Episode 46

Ordinary Time – Episode 46

What exactly is Ordinary Time? Is it “normal”? Boring? What is “Extraordinary”? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explain what this season is, what we do during this season and why we do it.

The LORD’s Prayer – Episode 45

The LORD’s Prayer – Episode 45

Most Catholic’s know the LORD’s prayer by heart, but do we know in our heart what it means? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explain the Our Father in a line-by-line theological explanation. This episode will help you more perfectly pray this perfect prayer!

Pentecost – Episode 44

Pentecost – Episode 44

What is Pentecost? Why do we celebrate it? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about this multi-faceted feast of the Church. It is the Church’s birthday, but it’s also the confirmation day of the Apostles. Mama and Daddy will give you a better understanding of Pentecost!

Being Catholic is Fun – Episode 43

Being Catholic is Fun – Episode 43

Being Catholic is Fun? What? But Catholics can’t have fun, right? Wrong! Being Catholic IS fun as Mama and Daddy talk about in this episode of On the Road to Perfection. They talk about funny fun things and parties that all Catholics get to enjoy, from helping out the neighbor to going to Mass, and, um…other stuff, Mama and Daddy won’t help put the fun back into Catholicism – they help you see that it is already there!

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: 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: 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

Fruits of the Spirit: Faithfulness

Fruits of the Spirit: Faithfulness

What is the difference between Faithfulness and Faith? Mom and Dad explore this Fruit as we continue in this series.

Faithfulness is Fidelity not Faith. Faithfulness reminds us to not rationalize our actions. When you know God or the Truth, you cannot help but be Faithful. Faithfulness comes from confidence in the fact that God is in our Heart.

Faithfulness is that strength of remaining tied to the Lord.

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

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