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One Body in Christ

One Body in Christ

We are One Body in Christ – One body, many parts. Okay, so we understand that because we hear it all the time, and we even sing hymns about it.

But what does that really mean? And what does it mean to us individually?

This week we warm-up for Mass by digging in and getting to know ourselves better by coming at our roles and vocations – which are different things! – from a different perspective.

And we give you permission to stop doing what you are doing in the Church, because it may actually be a bad thing for you right now!

Our activity is pretty straightforward. But if you don’t get through the discussion, you won’t even look at the activity.

Are you up to the challenge of this week’s Mass warm-up?

We dare you. Beware: It might change you!

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!

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?