Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day One

Now we are only 10 days before Ash Wednesday (unless you are some of our friends on the other side of the world who are a day ahead of us)! February 20th is the Feast Day of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinto, two of the Fatima children. So we’ll celebrate in our house today (and listen to Glory Stories volume 13 “Secrets from Heaven: The Story of the Children of Fatima” here in the CD or here for instant download). One more day to invite your friends to subscribe so they, too, can be part of this novena, which we will actually begin on TUESDAY and end the morning of Ash Wednesday. Read on below for a bit of background. We have also provided Day 1 of the novena below so you can print it out to be ready to pray as a family whenever is most convenient. We want to prepare our Lent

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This Lent, try preparing as Jesus did for His Own Lent

With just a few days to go until we begin Lent, we’re all starting to think, “What shall I give up for Lent?” Let’s admit it. As Catholics, doesn’t this often become a combination of: New Year’s resolutions (to break some habits and fix those things about ourselves…once and for all…this time)? Yummy things to drop for a time (which we’ll charge right back into enjoying once Lent is over…but we’ll also lose some weight in the meantime!)? Spring cleaning (like “40 Bags in 40 Days” and all sorts of other de-cluttering ideas that always spring up this time of year)? Is that the best approach? It makes me think: Since Lent is all about imitating JESUS going into the desert for 40 days…this year, let’s start

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11 books every Catholic Middle Schooler should read

Hi, I’m Therese, one of your Holy Heroes Adventure Guides! Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I read before breakfast…during breakfast…between school subjects…while I’m waiting for lunch…before swim practice…in the car home from swim practice…and sometimes I even get in trouble for reading when I’m supposed to be doing something else. We even had to make a rule in my family that you can’t bring a book to the table during meals (and my siblings say that I’m to blame)! Ah–well: after all that reading (and re-reading–because I like to read some books over and over and over), I have come up with a list of books that I think every Catholic Middle Schooler should read. To make my list the books needed to be: INTERESTING!!!

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Three women talk: The March for Life

Now, as in every January stretching back for four decades, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the country are traveling to Washington, D.C., for the annual “March for Life.” Our family has marched many times over the years. Sometimes our entire family could make it. Sometimes just one parent took some of the children. Sometimes our parents had to stay home while children went with other families or in parish buses or with college groups. This year will be no different, with siblings traveling from different parts of the country, using different modes of transportation, with different groups of people. We three oldest decided to write this blog post to share reflections of the impact this annual event has had on our own lives. Margaret In my junior year in high school,

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5 Simple New Year’s Resolutions (and how to persevere all year!)

It is already the second week of January and most people who firmly resolved to “get back in shape” for 2017…have already stopped going to the gym. What kind of resolutions can you make and REALLY KEEP during the craziness of kids, work, and all the responsibilities that come with gearing up for another year? The most important thing you can do is make a resolution that is small enough for you to do every day. This will prevent you from getting overwhelmed while also doing something to better yourself each day. Another thing that helps make a great resolution is choosing something that can help you and your family grow spiritually in their Catholic faith! We have come up with five ideas for the whole family (and simple tips to help you KEEP your resolutions this year)! Number

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