Living Lent as a Family

This is the question many of us face pre-Lent each year or even as late or later then Ash Wednesday because we just can’t decide on what to “give up” and/or what “to do”.

 

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Karen Hettrick
Pray Without Ceasing

Pray without ceasing. . . what does this mean? Can we really pray constantly as St. Paul tells us to do in this verse? Most of us are not cloistered―we live in this very busy world―a world full of high expectations and productivity ―a world in which we run from activity to activity―a world in which we are bombarded with constant media. I know that I easily get caught up in filling my day to overflowing. 

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Sanctifying Time: The Catholic Meaning of Days and Months

Before I was Catholic, there were three significant days in my week: Monday was the much dreaded day school or work began; Wednesday was the hopeful hump day when most of the week was over; and Friday was the glorious final day of the week that ushered us into the weekend.

Since becoming, Catholic, however, I have gained a new appreciation for the sacredness of time.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

This post is reprinted with permission from The Catholic Education Resource Center

The partridge in a pear tree is Christ. In nature, a mother partridge will feign injury to lure predators away from her defenseless nestlings. In the same way, our Lord protects us, vulnerable human beings, from Satan. The pear tree symbolizes the salvation of mankind, just as the apple tree symbolizes Adam and Eve's Fall from Grace. 

Two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments.

 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! No, this greeting isn’t early for Catholics as the First Sunday of Advent begins our new year in the Church. Are you looking to live more peacefully and with greater purpose as a family? Look to the Church’s Liturgical Year in which we enter into Christ’s life from beginning to end. We do not need to ignore secular holidays or celebrations but placing more of our focus and efforts on the Church’s Year brings a natural, fruitful and more peaceful rhythm to our lives.

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Tips on Praying a Family Rosary

Family prayer can create an extra special bond between all the family members and teaches them to pray. The Bible says to, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). There is no better way to teach than through example. Children not only see the parents praying but it is a great support to them in their prayer life as well.

By repetition, to rosary helps children to learn their formal prayers like the Our Father and Hail Mary.

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fatima

How exciting for children to hear the story of Fatima! Knowing that God used three young children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia to help Him to do His work on earth means that yes, He can use each one of us as well - even young children. 

Share the story of Fatima with your children and watch this Video Blog  of a young woman visiting Fatima today. You may also download a free coloring page on Holy Heroes.

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10 Tips for Building a Culture of Respect in your Family

Family- the people God gave us to travel to Heaven with! We all have a part to play and it is important for each family member to participate in prayer, work, play and family rules(see #10) . Expecting each family member to contribute through age appropriate chores, recreation and prayer gives them dignity knowing they are needed and cherished in their God-given family. “The true Christian home is an altar of sacrifice and a theater of comedies and drama; it is a place of work and a haven of rest." Rev. George A. Kelly

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Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners

When we speak of politeness we may think of something that can be easily learned from reading an etiquette book. Such may be the case with simple, isolated behaviors like selecting the proper fork or keeping one's elbows off the table. But true politeness requires more. For it is the mirror of a person's heart and soul – it is an outward expression of inner virtue. And inner virtue is best learned through constant practice and examples

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