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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!

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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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Latest Letters to You, The Church: The Body of Christ.

Peace – Episode 32

Peace – Episode 32

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!

Eros – Sexual Romantic Love

Eros – Sexual Romantic Love

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 Great Gift

This Great Gift

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.

Spirit in Life: Peace

Spirit in Life: 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

Modesty – Episode 31

Modesty – Episode 31

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

Agape – Sacrificial Love

Agape – Sacrificial Love

It is also interesting to note, that the concept of sacrificial love can be seen in great works of fiction as well.

TWFT Bonus: Ash Wednesday Fun Facts

TWFT Bonus: Ash Wednesday Fun Facts

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!

Appeal to God for a Clear Conscience

Appeal to God for a Clear Conscience

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

Spirit in Life: Joy

Spirit in Life: 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

Love – Episode 30

Love – Episode 30

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

What is Love?

What is Love?

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.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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!

Spirit in Life: Love

Spirit in Life: Love

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

Rising Very Early

Rising Very Early

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..

Faithfulness – Episode 29

Faithfulness – Episode 29

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

Spirit in Life: Introducing the Fruits of the Spirit

Spirit in Life: Introducing the Fruits of the Spirit

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

Gentleness – Episode 28

Gentleness – Episode 28

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

The Virtue of Courage

The Virtue of Courage

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!