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Materialism: How to Discourage It

Materialism: How to Discourage It

Expensive sneakers. Designer clothes. Cutting-edge devices. Popular toys.If you think your students care too much about these kinds of material things, you're probably right. Studies show that today's kids tend to be more materialistic than children of the past. They often judge others by their possessions and assign a higher social status to those who have the "coolest" stuff. Many mistakenly believe that owning the right things—and plenty of them!—will lead to hap...
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Between Friends – The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Between Friends – The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

A letter from Jesus Read in a children’s Bible or from a missalette: Luke 16:19–31Dear Friends,   Bragging is one of those things that some people do a lot of. They might do it to feel better about themselves, but their bragging often leads others to feel hurt, self-conscious, or even stupid. When we think only about how great we are, we leave no room in our hearts for other people. We need to remember that all of us are given gifts that are special and important....
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"Let us not be afraid to approach Jesus!"

"Let us not be afraid to approach Jesus!"

Ever since I was a child, the most Sacred Heart of Jesus has been a part of my life. It began with my family. A lovely picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus hung in our living room and there we consecrated our family to Jesus' most Sacred Heart. On the First Friday of most months we participated in the all-night vigil at St. Agnes Church. (I think we kids loved most the super refreshments at the break around 11 pm!) The continuity of this practice made a deep impression on me. There'...
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Make the saints your kids' best friends: 5 tips

Make the saints your kids' best friends: 5 tips

We are quickly approaching the Feast of All Saints on November 1. Making saints a part of your everyday conversation helps kids make friends with men and women (and even girls and boys!) who show us how to follow Jesus with their very lives.Here are some practical ways you can make the saints your kids' best friends:Leave picture books of saints around your house and in your car. You can easily find picture books of saints for kids, and now there are also books of saints with great...
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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Feast Day: October 17Margaret Mary lived in the seventeenth century. She is the famous French nun to whom Jesus showed his Sacred Heart. As a child, she was a happy little girl who loved the nuns at school. But when she was eleven, she became very sick. It was four years before she was well again. Her father had died, and an aunt had moved into their home. This aunt and her husband made Margaret Mary and her mother suffer very much. Almost every day, the teenager would hide in the garden to cry ...
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Keep Calm - Lessons from Baby Tessa

Keep Calm - Lessons from Baby Tessa

You may have noticed the latest trend in Keep Calm T-Shirts and even Facebook posts: Keep Calm I'm a Nurse, Keep Calm and Carry On, Keep Calm and Let the Chef Handle It, Keep Calm It's My 40th Birthday Today.... Anyone can go on zazzle.com and create their own Keep Calm T-Shirt message. I’m visiting my family these few weeks and these Keep Calm messages have caught my attention.
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Little Saints are out there!

Little Saints are out there!

As adults we sometimes ask ourselves fundamental questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose on earth? Children ask the same questions, too, but often we don’t pay attention to them. Often their deepest concerns and secrets are known only to themselves. Perhaps that’s because they’re spoken in a different language, if they’re spoken at all. Sometimes it’s simply a look in the eyes or a turn of the chin that tell us somet...
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Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul

Vincent, the son of poor French peasants, was born in 1581. When he grew up and became famous, he loved to tell people how he had taken care of his father's pigs. Because he was intelligent, his father sent him to school. And after finishing his studies, Vincent became a priest.
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Between Friends – The Rich Man and Lazarus

Between Friends – The Rich Man and Lazarus

A letter from Jesus Read in a children’s Bible or from a missalette: Luke 16:19–31Dear Friends,Sometimes people think that money, fashions, and expensive games are the most important things in life. These kinds of things can’t bring us lasting happiness, though. The way we treat others and help them, when we can, does have lasting consequences—both in this life and in heaven.There are people all around us who could use a little love each and every day. It is up to us...
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Feast of the Triumph of the Cross - September 14

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross - September 14

The cross used to be a symbol of shame and death, but the redeeming death of Jesus made the cross a symbol of glory and redemption. Following one of the most cherished Christian traditions, on September 14 the Church celebrates the splendid Triumph of the Cross of our Lord and Savior. 
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