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Between Friends – John the Baptist Prepares the Way

Between Friends – John the Baptist Prepares the Way

A letter from Jesus Read in a children’s Bible or from a missalette: Matthew 3:1–9, 11Dear Friends,    Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for my birthday. My cousin John was the last prophet whom God sent to help people get ready for my mission. John lived alone in the desert. He wore scratchy clothes and ate grasshoppers (no such thing as BBQ wings!) and wild honey. Many people went out to hear him preach and to repent their sins. But some were not si...
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A Christmas Novena for Kids

A Christmas Novena for Kids

During Advent we prepare to celebrate Christmas-Jesus' birth. We welcome him into our hearts and into our lives. Share this short novena with your children, a nine-day preparation for Christmas. The novena should begin on December 16. There is a short reading, song, and prayer for each day until December 25th. (The short song for each day can be sung to the melody of "On Jordan's Bank.") First Day December 16 We want to prepare the stable of our hearts. To read: Jesus came to e...
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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12

In 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian convert named Juan Diego in Mexico. She asked simply that a Church be built in her honor on the hill where she had appeared. Juan was supposed to ask the bishop to build the church. Now the bishop was not about to go and build a church till he really was sure that it was the Blessed Virgin asking this. So he asked her to give him a sign.Juan Diego went back to Mary and asked for a sign. She told him to pick the beautiful roses growing on the...
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Create a Living Advent Calendar

Create a Living Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are a great way to intentionally participate in the anticipation of the Advent season one day at a time. Most commercial Advent calendars give you two options when you open the doors: Scripture verses or chocolate. You’re probably not crazy about the chocolate and your kids may get weary of just the Bible verses. But what if you made your own living calendar in classroom and home—half scavenger hunt and half "calendar." Behind every “door&rd...
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Saint Martin of Tours

Saint Martin of Tours

Feast Day: November 11This soldier saint lived in the fourth century. He joined the Roman army in Italy when he was only fifteen. Although his parents were pagans, he began to study the Christian religion. Those who study the Christian religion are called catechumens until they are baptized.One very cold winter day, Martin and his companions came upon a beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. The man's only clothes were nothing but rags and he was shaking with cold. The other soldiers pass...
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Saints—Old and New

Saints—Old and New

By Jaymie Stuart WolfeThere’s a saint for just about everything. Whether you are suffering from a chronic sore throat or applying to law schools (or even writing a blog post like this one!), it’s likely that there is someone who can inspire you with an example of heroic virtue and intercede on your behalf.Of course, there are the “popular” saints like Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, Rita of Cascia, and Thérèse of Lisieux. They’re the ones who are ...
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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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