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When the Saints go marching in, will we be able to count ourselves in that great multitude?
This week’s Bonus TWMWU is all about All Saints Day and is loaded with song, prayer, and activity to help you learn and teach about this great Solemnity all about the Church Triumphant.
You’ll have to download the PDF to get the most out of this, including a rather exhaustive set of lyrics for the song!
Hear O Israel the Greatest Commandment in this week’s TWMWU…and hear the commandment we give God without even thinking about it.
We share insights into the Commandments, particularly the Greatest, and show how all of them fall under these two.
And the activity is so short you won’t remember it, but the effects will last through eternity!
Why Does The Catholic Church Not Believe In Cremation? Beth and Kristofer do not accept the premise.
Does the Church discourage cremation? Sure.
But it also accepts the occasional necessity of cremation, and when chosen prudently it is not a sin.
But when done for the wrong reasons, it is a grave sin. No pun intended!
Listen to understand the nuances of the Church’s teaching on this sensitive and often gut-wrenching topic.
This week the Sons of Thunder ask Jesus a peculiar question, while first practically demanding He grant what they ask. Jesus died for us and in this exchange foretells the Apostles’ – and our – opportunity to serve with Him – to die for others.
Are we ready for that? Do we know what that means? How can we help ourselves and our loved ones recognize that and be who we are supposed to be and do what we are supposed to do?
That’s what we explore this week.
All these questions in one of our shortest TWMWUs ever. But still with lots of resources and a simple activity.
With a personal reflection on his own blindness and miraculous healing, Kristofer and Beth explore this week’s readings with a perspective nearly twenty years in the making.
Do we see Jesus healing countless blind people nine times in the Gospels as just causing them to see again? There has to be more to it. The promised Messiah would be known for healing the blind, and Jesus is the only One Who does it. And Who continues to do it.
An activity that will open your eyes awaits, if you dare do it, and resources galore – including a perennial hit from the United States Marine Band!
And as always, a freely downloadable PDF is yours for the taking.
Why do Catholics believe in transubstantiation? “Mostly because it’s real,” is what Kristofer says. Beth has a more theological and very understandable answer, especially if you have gray hairs!
Why do Catholics have a pope? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about this interesting topic with all their usual wit and humor!
This week Jesus has his famous encounter with the rich young man. And that story is so misunderstood it would take a book – so we only touch on it rather matter-of-factly below. In the context of the idea that all things are possible for God, one would think that if Jesus wanted the young man to follow Him, he would just command it.
But Love is the reason why He does not. In fact, His love for us and our refusal to let Him and to follow Him, is the reason that, while God can do anything, He doesn’t.
Annoying? Perhaps. Which is why in the dig deeper section there’s a fun activity that will annoy any of your kids or other people you want to drive the message home to.
All this and over a dozen free supporting resources, including the free download of the entire lesson, videos, podcasts, articles, and previous similar TWMWUs.
What is the big fuss over infant baptism? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explore the need for infant baptism.
This week Jesus deals with the Pharisees who, once again, are trying to trap him – this time by using Moses against Him. They ask about divorce and Jesus takes this opportunity to answer the real question – What is Marriage?
This is a controversial topic nowadays, but it is one the Church will never waver from because she can’t. Jesus defines marriage quite specifically in this answer to the rather foolish looking Pharisees. Much like many look today when they try to define Holy Matrimony with the laws of the state. There are two meanings to Marriage, and the one the Church teaches is God’s meaning. Let Caesar have what is Caesar’s – man’s law.
We answer to a higher power, and this discussion and activity explain that, and help anyone truly interested (and not just looking for a fight) learn what Marriage is, what Catholics understand it to mean, and why it is Holy Matrimony.
There is a great activity that will prove Marriage is from God, which includes some storytelling, and lots of resources including a podcast episode we did about Marriage and Marriage Preparation.
Nick explains how and why he became a member of the Franciscan Third Order, and describes other Third Orders within the Catholic Church.
Why do Catholics use Latin? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss what the purpose of using Latin. From it being a dead language to its historical roots, Mama and Daddy answer this question with plenty of humor!
This week, Jesus sounds like a cowboy out of the Ol’ West, making sure no bandits try to get any of the good stuff. Or is He?
“If you ain’t with us, yer agin’ us” is an old adage made famous by cowboys, presidents, and even ancient Romans. Jesus, in his usual style of humor and relatability, flips it over and uses it to teach us something very important: Whoever is not against us is for us.
The Truth of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel is not ours to keep, withhold, or deny to or from others who may not have the fullness of it as we do. Many a lesson can be learned from the ignorant, unlearned, and even impious. An atheist might stumble across Truth and share it, too!
In fact, you and I are not fully versed in the Truth, no matter how much we know or how much we share. So, are we agin’ Him, or for Him?
This week’s Mass warm-up gets your thoughts and feelings flowing with things to talk about and think about, as well as our family-friendly podcast episode covering this topic. We end with a couple of prayers to join with Jesus and the whole world in praying for what Jesus is talking about in Sunday’s Mass Readings.
So, git yer boots on and saddle up, pilgrim! There’s some Truth to be rustled up!
Why do Catholics pray to Mary? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss this confusing topic that many Catholics and Protestants alike don’t fully understand.
What is Humility? That is the BIG QUESTION raised in this coming Sunday’s Mass Readings.
It’s hard to be humble when you are from Texas – but that’s not what God is talking about this week. Even though we are from Texas, we submit to the Highest Power.
Humility is granted to us in Baptism, but we only manifest it when we practice it. And perfect practice makes perfect, in the words of Vince Lombardi.
So how do we do that?
This week we have some fun questions and a calming prayer to download as we take up the fight against the several vices Satan uses against us when we are seeking Humility. And we have a free prayer card and bookmark for you, too! As a special bonus, you can listen to our podcast episode #38 from this past winter all about humility, right from the lesson!
Why do Catholics use Beeswax Candles? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer this question and give a stunning bit of symbolism that is easily overlooked with good humor.
Wow! Here’s where we take up our cross and go deep into suffering – and why and how we should handle it!
This week’s lesson is chock full of ideas prompted by the prophetic writings of Isiah about the Suffering Servant. It’s Jesus talking to the disciples, and that famous moment where he calls Peter, “Satan.”
How do we take up our cross? Why would we want to? Didn’t Jesus do that for us?
We have links galore and resources at your fingertips for this simple subject – simple once you’ve read this and shared it with your family. It just makes sense!
Video, infographic, podcasts, downloadable prayers – everything is in the week’s lesson because Holy Owned and Operated teaches about suffering and taking up our cross all the time.
C’mon – grab some wood! Let’s take up our crosses and change the world! And share some cross-bearing in the comments so we can carry your cross with you in our prayers!
Why do Catholics use unleavened bread? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss this interesting topic that will help make this key part of the mass make sense.