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You inpire us to continue and overcome by your own succes and refusal to accept mediocrity in your faith journey. Thank you for taking us along for the ride!
Catechesis at Home.
At this time of pandemic, many Dioceses have ceased offering Faith Formation of any sort – from Pre-K to and through Adult. This series will continue to guide you in this wilderness as The Church seeks new ways to reach and form the faithful.
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In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about Peace. What is Peace? When do we have Peace? Who grants us Peace? Mama and Daddy tell us all about this important Fruit of the Spirit, and how it leads us all to a, not only peaceful, but more faithful and joyful life!
Since God made sex; it is good. God wants us to have pleasurable sex with each other. The Church has spoken throughout the centuries on the importance of Eros.
This weekend you may hear a lot about Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, and how Jesus represents the fulfillment of the Prophets and the Law as represented in Elijah and Moses, respectively.
So, in This Week’s Free Thing, we are going to talk about Peter, and how he just steps in it and misses the whole point.
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
What is modesty? Is modesty only in the clothes we wear? Why is it important to be modest? What if we can’t be Modest? Mama and Daddy brave the snow and tell us what modesty really is, how hard it may be, and how to avoid the flow of culture that leads to an immodest lifestyle. This may be an uncomfortable subject, but Mama and Daddy talk about it with such ease and grace that we’ll all be glad we joined the conversation. -Andrew
It is also interesting to note, that the concept of sacrificial love can be seen in great works of fiction as well.
Fun facts about Ash Wednesday, because Jesus tells us to “not look gloomy like the hypocrites.”
So “wash your face” with a smile from these little tidbits.
We wish you a blessed and happy Lent!
When someone asks “What have you given up for Lent?”, the right answer, in whatever way you might put it, is:
“None of your business.”
The prudent and conscientious Catholic won’t ask the question in the first place.
The right question is
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
What is love? How do we love in everyday life? Is love, as Dad puts it, an “ooey-gooey” feeling? In this episode of On The Road To Perfection, Mom and Dad talk about love, how we are to love, and what is the greatest love; not to mention a lot more songs than average! – Andrew
As we can see from St. Paul, St. John, and Pope Francis, love is something far deeper. Love is not some “pie in the sky” concept. The Greeks beautifully divided love into 4 categories.
In this series, I explore those and see how we can apply them to our daily journey to True Love – God.
Water, water everywhere!
This week’s Gospel reading is supposedly about Jesus healing the leper. Look again:
It is really about disobedience and how disobeying God is far from being a personal, “I’m not hurting anybody else” thing.
Take five minutes to enjoy This Week’s Free Thing, and you will permanently change your children’s behavior, and yours, with the fun – and wet! – activity!
Mama and Daddy explore the first Fruit of the Spirit that St. Paul mentions in his letter to the Galatians: Love. They explain that Love is a verb that means “sacrifice” and is not an “Ooey-Gooey” feeling, as Dad says. -Nathaniel
The purpose of prayer is to get us in line with God’s will; to have an open and hope-filled heart that God knows what He is doing and that He loves us, so even though He permits “punishment and scourges, accept them, because He acts for our welfare in whatever He allows to befall us.”
This week we learn how to be in God’s will in just five minutes..
What is Faithfulness? What does it mean to be unfaithful? Who are we supposed to be faithful to? In this episode Mama and Daddy discuss the faithfulness, and tell us about their faithfulness at the same time. -Andrew
Mom and Dad introduce the Fruits of the Spirit in this short video. They talk about what they will talk about in each of the videos as well as a Bible quote from the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians where he lists out the Fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. -Nathaniel
How can we be gentle? What is gentleness? Is being gentle only a feminine trait? Join Mom and Dad in discussing the gentle topic of gentleness gently, and, ladies and gentlemen, it is the show we’ve all been waiting for! Show notes are included on the episode page. -Andrew
What did John Wayne, Mark Twain, and CS Lewis say about Courage? What did Jesus DO about Courage? This two-minute lesson has a challenging activity – do you have the guts to do it? – and a fun family movie night suggestion. Plus a video by Casting Crowns! PS: Husbands and Dads don’t get off so easily…they have an extra assignment if they have the Courage!