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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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This Week’s Podcast

Celebrating Advent – Episode 70

Celebrating Advent – Episode 70

How is Advent celebrated?

Celebrating Advent is sometimes overlooked in anticipation of Christmas, but for a Catholic, Advent is that anticipation as we begin a new Liturgical Year.

In this episode we discuss the many ways our family does – and yours can – celebrate Advent, and not just with an Advent Calendar.

There are tons of ways to make it a celebration every day for all four weeks! This is how we do it…and we provide the resources for you to do it, too!

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Stewardship: Give to God First

Stewardship: Give to God First

It seems this is the time of year every priest and bishop is asking for your money. Maybe you should read This Week’s Mass Warm-Up first.

In the TWMWU this week: Game of Thrones! Downton Abbey! Podcasts! Video! Bishops! St. John Bosco! Distributism! Subsidiarity!

It’s all in the Mass readings if you know where to look for it! HOO knew!

Seriously. Jesus visits the idea of Stewardship this week, as does Elijah and even the writer of Hebrews and the Psalmist slyly give hints of the First Fruits as a gift to God. We know the HOO (That’s you!) But what, how, where, when, and why Stewardship? Those answers and explorations are in this week’s TWMWU, without an agenda that you might get from some pulpits.

Just saying…

This week there is a deeper conversation than usual, and a rather demanding activity. Do you dare define stewardship by giving to God first?

When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In

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!

The Greatest Commandment, Hear O Israel

The Greatest Commandment, Hear O Israel

Hear O Israel the Greatest Commandment in this week’s TWMWU…and hear the commandment we give God without even thinking about it.

Watch out!

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!

Jesus Died For Us

Jesus Died For Us

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.

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

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.

All Things are Possible For God

All Things are Possible For God

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.

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Why Do Catholics Believe In Transubstantiation – Episode 65

Why Do Catholics Believe In Transubstantiation – Episode 65

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 the Pope – Episode 64

Why Do Catholics Have the Pope – Episode 64

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!

Why Do Catholics Use Latin – Episode 62

Why Do Catholics Use Latin – Episode 62

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!

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.

Why Do Catholics Use Beeswax Candles? – Episode 60

Why Do Catholics Use Beeswax Candles? – Episode 60

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.

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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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