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Jesus Triumphs! Alleluia!

Jesus Triumphs! Alleluia!

Dear Friends,Have you ever thought that something sorrowful had happened, but then—surprise!—there was a happy ending?On Easter morning, the third day after my crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to my tomb. An angel came and rolled back the stone from the tomb The angel told the women who came to the tomb,"Do not be afraid. Jesus has been raised, as he said." They ran to tell the others this wonderful message.Saint Matthew, one of my apostles, wro...
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Jesus' Mission of Love

Jesus' Mission of Love

Dear Friends,It was a beautiful day. You could smell spring everywhere! It was a day my followers would never forget. We were going to the holy city for Passover. Soon my mission would be complete. In my heart I was getting ready to give my final gifts to my close friends. I felt happy to be going to my Father, but very sad to be leaving my friends. The coming week would be unlike any other in the history of the world. I was about to give my life for the salvation of all people.Can I ask yo...
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Easter Egg Centerpiece

Easter Egg Centerpiece

Why do we see eggs in so many Easter decorations? It’s because eggs are a symbol of new life. From a hard, dead-looking egg comes a new baby chick! This reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection from death to new life. You can make this craft to decorate your family’s table or to put somewhere else in your home. Here’s what you need:  • 2 or 3 toilet paper rolls • poster paint (or colored paper and glue or tape)  • scissors  • an Easter candle or a large plain...
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Tolerance: How to Nurture It

Tolerance: How to Nurture It

Our faith teaches us we are all God's children, created in His image, but we don't always treat others that way! It's not easy to accept and respect the "different" people in our lives – and facing the wider challenges of racism, sexism, and other prejudices in our society can be overwhelming.Kids deal with intolerance, too. Some personally experience bigotry – or their loved ones do. Others observe intolerance on television and in social media or witness it in ...
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Jesus Said "Do Not Be Afraid"

Jesus Said "Do Not Be Afraid"

Dear Friends,Peter, James, and John were such good friends, I wanted to show them something very special about me—so special, they’d never forget it….There, on Mount Tabor, in a flash of light, I was totally transformed. My appearance was so bright, they were nearly blinded. Suddenly my Father’s voice could be heard overhead…. My poor friends were amazed and awestruck. Nothing could have prepared them for this event. Then, in an instant, I was there beside them. I...
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The Day Mary Said "Yes" to God

The Day Mary Said "Yes" to God

The time arrived for Jesus to come down from heaven. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth where Mary lived. The glorious Archangel entered Mary’s little house and found her praying.“Hail Mary, full of grace!” said the angel. “The Lord is with you, and you are blessed among women.” Mary was surprised to hear the angel’s words of praise.“Do not be afraid, Mary,” said Gabriel. Then he told her that she was to be the mother of Jesus, ...
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Six ways to make Lent as exciting as Advent…(well, almost!)

Six ways to make Lent as exciting as Advent…(well, almost!)

The excitement of Advent’s preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus is hard to replicate in a season of penance. Plans for Christmas parties and gifts and family get-togethers automatically give Advent an exciting flavor that Lent and Easter don’t quite have for children. Though prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are an integral part of Lenten practice, I believe that a family or class can integrate these into their Lenten activities in ways that arouse imagin...
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Helping Kids Explore How God Permeates Their Life

Helping Kids Explore How God Permeates Their Life

Earlier this week, I participated in an editorial meeting here at Pauline Books and Media. One of the first things we did was split into groups and discuss the responses to a survey we had sent out a couple weeks ago. About 200 people were kind enough to respond. Even though we were reflecting together upon answers from grown-ups, I couldn't help but think about children. You see, one of the biggest takeaways from the survey was this: even though almost all of the respondents went to Ma...
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Saint Onesimus

Saint Onesimus

Feast Day: February 16Onesimus lived in the first century. He was a slave who robbed his master and ran away to Rome. In Rome he went to see the great apostle, St. Paul, who was a prisoner for his faith. Paul received Onesimus with the kindness and love of a good father. Paul helped the young man realize he had done wrong to steal. But more than that, he led Onesimus to believe in and accept the Christian faith.After Onesimus became a Christian, Paul sent him back to his master, Philemon, who wa...
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Lenten Potato Soup

Lenten Potato Soup

An easy-to-make soup that’s perfect for Lent because it has no meat. (Catholics 14 years old and over abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.)Ingredients: • 2 large potatoes • 1 medium onion • 1 stalk celery • 2 tablespoons margarine • 6 or 7 cups water • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 cup milk • 1 helpful adult Instructions:1. For this recipe, you will need help from an adult with the sharp knife and the stove. Peel the potatoes and cut in small pieces. (It doesn’...
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