Today on Ash Wednesday, Catholics begin Lent which follows Christ’s passion, death and resurrection at Easter. Part of our Lenten practice is to fast from vices or luxuries in imitation of Christ’s sufferings. We deny ourselves to get closer to God.
What we give up may not be bad. But preoccupation with it takes focus from God. Common fasts are sweets, TV, video games. This may seem immature. But we’re called to approach the kingdom of heaven like children. I know plenty adults (raises hand) who let worldly things distract us from Godly. Why Catholics Give Up Things for Lent, Spiritual and Physical Fasting
This posts shares links to free anmated graphics. But if you look on the sidebar you can find religious holiday coloring pages. Or type "Bible" in the search bar. You'll find over 100 Bible coloring pages for Catholic Chrisitan Easter and Lent and Christmas. Free Personalized Clipart, Sparkle Graphics, Animated Gifs
This poem is for our baby daughters who died in utero. Resquiescat in pace, Mary and Isobella. Keep each other company till mama and daddy can join you. I called this painful poem "ecstasy" because it's not a term for bliss. In fact, ecstasy is nothing like blissful calm of bliss. It's intense, searing spiritual awakening, bitter-sweet. The mystics St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila (who elected herself my patroness) experienced this. Our Lady felt the seven dolores (Sorrows) piercing her heart. Any parent, especially a mother, who has lost a child knows heart burn. The Heavenly Father knows it, too. Heart Burn, the Agony and Ecstasy (poem)
The story of St. Valentine has zero to do with schmaltzy flowers and candy and little with romance as we think of it. But Valentine's story is spiritually romantic. Valentinius was a Roman Christian priest. In those days, this was not popular. In fact, it was illegal. Here are free printable activities to explore this saint. Catholic Saint Valentine Lesson Plans, Activities
Can we just agree, my dear Catholic friends, that this winter is getting really old? I know, offer up sufferings, etc. But I have chilblains on my feet and permanent chafing! I don't know how you moms of 10 kids do it, especially in this crazy cold weather. I know a lot of you homeschool. Did I tell you I was an early homeschool pioneer back in 1993? I feel for ya, sisters. But I digress. How about some St. Valentines Day crafts and cards to keep those bored little one occupied? Free (Yes Free!) Valentines to Print, Perfect for Snowbound Kids
Social justice a huge part, maybe the biggest, in our Catholic Christian life. We have to take up the crosses of those in bondage. So that's why I don't get complaints about Black History Month infuriate me. If you have to ask, you clearly don't get American history period. We who teach it aren't the revisionists. Ghey're the ones who wrote it out in the first place. Slavery, segregation, Jim Crow stole an entire peoples' past. Black History Month can't replace that. But it can renew the future. It can revive traditions, restore voices and reinvest in the heritage that was denied. I've always felt intense solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized. But recently, I experienced it in a new way. I sat in Rosa Parks' bus seat. Here are lessons written from that perspective. For Black History Month, Learn Jim Crow Lessons From Rosa Parks' Bus Seat
Should religious posts be banned online? They cause so much furor, or can, when narrow-minded bigots engage. But wait, before you scream "NOOO! Free Speech! Freedom of Religion." or Yes! Separation of Church and State" hear me out. I don't look to gag religion or any other topic. I present considerations for interacting in healthy ways online and in real-life. And engaging in holy wars is not how. Read on about how this played out on a couple of sites I write for. Should Religious Posts Be Banned on Bubblews? Should Religious Posts Be Banned on Bubblews?
January 27 marks the International Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust remembered on this day because it is the day which the Russians liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland. An estimated 6 million Jewish people died in what Heinrich Himmler of Hitler's third Reich called the Final Solution to the 'Jewish Problem'. Catholics, Christians and all religious groups should join Jews in honoring the dead. Use for country Yom HaShoah remembrance days.
Jewish Holocaust Memorial Lesson Plans and Web Help
Jewish Holocaust Memorial Lesson Plans and Web Help
Starting December 17, the Catholic church prays the O Antiphons (names for Jesus) to countdown advent to Christmas. Each day a different title for Jesus is the focus. These ancient messianic titles are referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible. They can be found in the hymn "O Come Emmanuel." The titles are Emmanuel God with Us, Wisdom, Dayspring, Lord and Ruler, King of Kings, Root of Jesse, Key of David. These seven titles are listed in Latin and English. Advent tradition of praying the O Antiphons (names for Jesus) began in medieval times. Orthodox and some protestant churches pray them too. Here are printable prayer guides and coloring sheets to help children learn and pray the O Antiphons. Advent O Antiphons Activities, Prayers, Printables
Dec. 8 marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic liturgical calendar. In 2013, the holy day will be observed on Dec. 9 in many parishes. Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from original sin so that she could birth the Messiah, Jesus and honor her on this day. Here are activities for parents and children to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Advent, a Christmas preparatory season during which the feast falls. Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Advent Activities for Parents and Children
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