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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
Wisdom is hard to come by. It requires practicing the three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love.
This week we dive into these virtues as we join Jesus in his ministry, healing the hemorrhaging woman and raising a girl from the dead.
These are touching stories that we can all relate to, and they show us Jesus’ humanity and his divinity, something the Apostles struggled with, and we still have trouble understanding.
We explore these concepts, these virtues, and wisdom, and have a fun family activity to help us remember these things throughout the week.
You are a Prophet!
What? Don’t you wish you could tell the future! But to be a prophet is not about telling the future. Somewhere we all lost that definition of “prophet” and “prophecy”.
If you are a baptized Christian, you are a prophet – believe it or not!
In this week’s lesson, we see Ezekiel and Paul as they sacrifice to share the Truth. And we see Jesus fail to convert others, though He is sharing the Truth. He is sharing himself and some still do not believe!
The activity is a short discussion idea that is perfect for the dinner table. Or the car. And we learn a new word:
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!
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!)
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!
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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!
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.
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!
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? 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!
How are we supposed to be a disciple? A lot of us are confused on how to accomplish discipleship. In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about how to follow Jesus, what resources we can use, and why being disciples of Christ can be so difficult. After listening to this podcast, discipleship will be a lot easier!
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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.
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
Generosity come from the heart outward. IN this short video we discuss God’s Generosity and how our generosity comes from His.
How can we not be generous when He has given us everything?
None of this is ours. We are stewards meant to distribute the Love of God and all that comes with it. To do Generous one must be Generous, and that’s what we consider here.
Will Goodness always stay? What is it? Mom and Dad talk about how the Goodness that we practice is not done for a motive, but that it is natural for us to do it. They say that if we have God in us, we have Goodness. One of the Transcendentals, or attributes of God, is Goodness. The Fruit of Goodness is us cooperating with the Divine Life in us known as Grace; it is a reflection of God within us.
Remember those bracelets that said “What would Jesus do?” If we were using Goodness, we would not need to have the reminders. So, we should not DO good for the sake of DOING good; we should BE good, and the Doing will soon follow. Goodness comes from God; therefore, if we cooperate with the Big Guy, we will BE good. If we are not being good we soon realize it, and then we would have done good. Focus on BEING good as opposed to DOING good, and we are well on our way. -Nathaniel
What is Kindness? Is it Niceness? Learn the difference between the two words as well as if Jesus was one, and, if so, which one. Are you a chicken on a june-bug when something ticks you off? Learn how to be kind about everything. When Justice and Mercy are used in all things Kindness just exudes from that. When you are Kind, you are being Truthful; whereas niceness can feed sin and ego. When we practice Kindness, we take them “along side us” as Mom says. Being nice can be sinful if you do it too much, and Kindness is much a symptom of other virtues. It may not get that much air-play, but it is a very important Fruit as all of them are. -Nathaniel
Presented by Mom and Dad, this episode discusses Patience. What is Patience? Is it true that if you pray for patience God will give you lots of opportunities to practice it? Answers to these questions are addressed as well as the fact that human nature lends itself to stuff being done “our way” as opposed to Patiently waiting for God’s way. Thrown in are a few laughs, and anecdotes, and this will lead you to see the view of patience that Mom and Dad have. -Nathaniel.