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Five Tips for Praying the Rosary with Children

Five Tips for Praying the Rosary with Children

How can we, as parents, overcome the objections, the fidgeting, and the distractions to establish this virtue-laden habit of prayer in our own families?
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Lent with Kids

Lent with Kids

It’s that time of year again—Lent! It’s a special time of grace for us. If you have kids, you are probably already thinking of ways to help them understand Lent better. Here are a few ideas to help with your Lenten planning.
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Casting Out Into the Deep: Living Catholic Education

Casting Out Into the Deep: Living Catholic Education

What makes Catholic Schools catholic is the presence of people who walk with our children and model to them what it means to be a disciple of Christ – who teach with their own lives, and their own faith.
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Whisper in the Chaos: Awareness of God’s Presence Throughout the Day

Whisper in the Chaos: Awareness of God’s Presence Throughout the Day

Create a habit of awareness of God’s presence throughout your entire day so that you are alert and ready for Him to speak to you.
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Imagination as a Gateway to Understanding Scripture

Imagination as a Gateway to Understanding Scripture

From a very young age, children spontaneously use their imagination. Although it is a natural faculty of our mind, imagination still needs to be encouraged and cultivated.
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Everyday Grace: When Prayer Is Difficult

Everyday Grace: When Prayer Is Difficult

The truth is, sometimes we just don’t feel like praying. Maybe we don’t believe that our prayers are being answered. Maybe something has happened that has shaken our faith. Maybe we just don’t know what to say…or do.How can you get your prayer life back on track? Use short prayers. God really just wants you to talk to him. Maybe you’re putting it off because you don’t have a lot of time to spend. Try talking to God as if he were standing right beside you...
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Everyday Grace: Midsummer—and Midlife

Everyday Grace: Midsummer—and Midlife

Midsummer is officially in June, at the summer solstice, though that is actually the start of summer. Real midsummer is now, as we’re about halfway through the season. Another month before we’re doing the back-to-school thing, still time to reflect. Midlife is a similar time of reflection, halfway through a standard allotment of years on earth. It’s appropriate to think of both summer and life in terms of seasons, and here are a few tips to help: Do it now. If there’s som...
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Everyday Grace: Loving the Unlovable

Everyday Grace: Loving the Unlovable

It’s a wide world out there, filled with people who are very different from us. There are a couple of ways of dealing with our differences, ranging from friendship on one end to war on the other. But what does Jesus call us to do? He tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. And St. Paul in his letter to the Church in Rome writes, “If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. By this, you will be heaping red-hot...
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Everyday Grace: What Spiritual Season Are You In?

Everyday Grace: What Spiritual Season Are You In?

We know that seasons change, and just as natural seasons change, we can also see the changing of seasons in our lives. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a season for everything, and adds, “God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”If you are going through a difficult season in your life, here are some ways to cope with it: The dry season: You feel uninspired, and your prayer life seems empty. Remind yourself that you’re not the first person to feel this ...
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Everyday Grace: How Do I Know God Loves Me?

Everyday Grace: How Do I Know God Loves Me?

Sometimes it’s easy to wonder! Things can go terribly wrong in our lives, often through events or circumstances outside of our control. The world can feel like an unfriendly place. Where is God in it all? How do I know he loves me? Look around you. We generally see what we want to see. If you expect to see bad things, you will. But if you expect to look around yourself and see God’s presence and love, even in small things, then you will see that, too. The gift of such a crazy be...
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