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Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

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

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Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? – Episode 61

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? – Episode 61

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.

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Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

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

To Whom Shall I Go? Making God The Priority

To Whom Shall I Go? Making God The Priority

Making God the priority in our lives is tough these days. But what are we comparing it to?

When was the last time we needed to organize a nation and fight those who would stand between us and God?

A little perspective is needed, and Joshua and Peter give it to us this coming Sunday.

But the readings are all about that “submission” thing, so we don’t cover it (because your homilist will) except for a brief (but important) definition.

Instead, this week our disccussion is much more personal. Do you dare read? And after that, do you dare bring it up with those who are closest to you?

Our activity – and we invite you to do it while we do it – is as simple as gathering pen and paper together (remember those?!).

And then what will you do with what you wrote down?

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness

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

Maximilian Kolbe – A Saint For All Times

Maximilian Kolbe – A Saint For All Times

Who is Maximilian Kolbe? Do we really know him beyond his suffering at Auschwitz? And what can we learn about ourselves from his life, and inspired to do because of this great martyr’s example?

Andrew answers these questions and more in his blog about his Patron Saint!

God Keeps His Promises

God Keeps His Promises

God keeps his promises in everything. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a great example of that! The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is this Sunday.

This week we discuss God fulfilling His promises to Adam and Eve all through to the New Covenant – all of His promises kept while we continue to break ours to Him.

But God knows we are weak, and He promises to help us be and do better. And the Assumption of Mary is part of that promise – showing us that a real human being can be and do what they are supposed to be and do!

Mary’s assumption gives us hope, and we present reasons for that hope this week that you can share, along with many Mary resources, including a Hail Mary infographic, just a click away!

Now is a wonderful time, with the resources this week, to share with children and remind ourselves how we do not worship Mary, but honor her as the mother of our Best Friend, as she is constantly pointing us to Jesus and all He does for us – constantly keeping His promise!

The activity is a prayer direct from the Bible, and an ongoing easy discussion for follow-up about Mary wherever you are.

Fruits of the Spirit: Patience

Fruits of the Spirit: Patience

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.

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The Mass Part 2- Episode 56

The Mass Part 2- Episode 56

What is the Mass? How should I dress? How do I prepare? In this Episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss the most important gathering Catholics make, the Holy Mass.

The Mass Part 1- Episode 55

The Mass Part 1- Episode 55

What is the Mass? How should I dress? How do I prepare? In this Episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss the most important gathering Catholics make, the Holy Mass.

Eucharist – Episode 54

Eucharist – Episode 54

What is the Eucharist? Why is it “the source and summit of our faith?” Is it cannibalism to receive the Eucharist? Why do Catholics believe Jesus is in that small unleavened wafer? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, mama and Daddy explore all the mysteries of the Eucharist.

Keeping Your Teens Faithful – Episode 53

Keeping Your Teens Faithful – Episode 53

How do we get teens to go to mass? How do we keep them from becoming one of the staggering number of “Lost Sheep?” Why don’t they do what we tell them to do? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer these questions and more based on personal experience and their own trial and error. They will not let you down!

Death – Episode 52

Death – Episode 52

Death is a difficult topic. We avoid it out of discomfort. But Mama and Daddy talk about it with hope, grace, and tenderness. They talk about our final judgement, purgatory, heaven, our hope for the future, and a few helps for when we learn of the passing of a loved one.
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Anniversary Episode – Episode 51

Anniversary Episode – Episode 51

Its been a year since the first episode of On the Road to Perfection! Mama and Daddy talk about the up and coming things for our ministry in this episode. Learn about more of our content and get a sneak peak at what the next year has in store from Holy Owned and Operated!

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Fruits of the Spirit: Love

Fruits of the Spirit: 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

Fruits of the Spirit: Introducing the Fruits of the Spirit

Fruits of the Spirit: 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

Fruits of the Spirit: Conclusion

Fruits of the Spirit: Conclusion

Mom and Dad summarize the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in this episode. As well as a paragraph from the catechism. No fruit can be external without being internal. Just like any orchard, or tree, we need to cultivate it. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Chastity

Fruits of the Spirit: Chastity

What is Chastity? Mom and Dad explore this including the fact that it is not only, although it’s a big part of it, keeping our purity outside of marriage. There are so many opportunities for unchaste actions after marriage. Getting married does not automatically mean we are chaste! Chastity is the call to love sacrificially with our bodies.

Chastity is the fruit that is borne from a healthy relationship. We can be unchaste before or after marriage. There is always regret after we have been unchaste. Chastity is a fruit that is simply following natural law. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Self Control

Fruits of the Spirit: Self Control

Mom and Dad explore Self Control in this short video. Self Control is much like Temperance. Being Self Controlled is watching what we say, do, and think. When we have true Self Control, we recognize our sins immediately. When we lack self control, we can fall into a state of sin very easily.

It also provides us the grace in apologizing. The more we do it, the more we realize we should be doing it also the more we do it the less we need to do it. The true fruit of Self Control is how we act when we’re alone.

Fruits of the Spirit: Modesty

Fruits of the Spirit: Modesty

Mom and Dad explore Modesty in this episode. The thing that probably comes to mind first is CLOTHING! We seem to stretch the meaning of modesty in that regard, thinking that to look beautiful, we need to be immodest.

But, it’s not all about clothing! Remember, Fruits have multiple manifestations. We will automatically find that DOING Modest, or dressing appropriately, will come if we ARE Modest. Modesty has to do with how we think of our own selves.

Modesty is like the opposite of sinful Pride. It means we are selfless. A combination of Humility, selflessness, dignity and Prudence.

Modesty is also in thought, speech, and dress. Also, it is how we treat ourselves when we’re alone. -Nathaniel

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