Monthly Archives: March 2013

Watch and pray with Jesus–every day

“Could you not watch one hour with me?” Jesus asked His disciples (MT. 26:40). On Good Friday, our hearts and minds turn towards the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus began to suffer for us. He was abandoned by those who … Continue reading

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Teaching typology with Joseph and his brothers

In past posts, I have written on Peter Rabbit and the Fall of Man, Benjamin Bunny and the narrow gate, and the Epiphany in My Side of the Mountain. I am making this into a series called Finding God in … Continue reading

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Can you become a saint by sheer willpower?

Fr. Thomas Dubay used to tell this anecdote: The sister of St. Thomas Aquinas once asked him, “How can I become a saint?” St. Thomas answered, “Will it.” This story came back to me recently. Trying to accept with peace … Continue reading

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Meet Pope Francis (for kids and their parents)

Parents: I have written a short biography of Pope Francis for children. Scroll down to find definitions of vocabulary words, links, downloads, and other teaching ideas. Update:┬áBergoglio was made a cardinal three years after becoming archbishop, not 13. “Habemus Papam!” … Continue reading

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10 Ways to keep your kids Catholic

Watching the events of the last few weeks unfold, I have been struck anew by how many former Catholics there are in the news media. None of them have a clue about what it means to be Catholic. That, coupled … Continue reading

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Art from the Sistene Chapel

I was planning on posting a book review today, but it did not work out the way I expected. So, I give you instead a taste of some of the magnificent artwork that will surround the cardinal electors for the … Continue reading

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Christian prayer is much more than Eastern meditation

A few years ago at Mass in another diocese, the priest began a homily on the importance of daily prayer. I was elated. We hear this far too seldom from the pulpit. My elation soon turned to disappointment, however. He … Continue reading

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Matthew 16 and the papal conclave for kids

Since Sacred Scripture is at the center of our homeschool, I decided to begin our studies on the papal conclave with a look at the origins of the papacy in Matthew 16. We have been reading The Golden Children’s Bible … Continue reading

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