Review: Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Boys by Amy Brooks

Well, THIS Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Boys could NOT have arrived at a better time!

Adam is fully immersed in school online and even sneaking on Minecraft with his buddies at recess! While he still enjoys Lego and he’s becoming a great reader, we are looking for other activities to lure him away from screen time and what better way than to get him journaling within his Catholic Faith!

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Equipping Catholic Families…for January Saints Days!

Equipping Catholic Families for January 2021 Saints!

Welcome to our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar.

  • Prompt Me to Pray through the 12 Days of Christmas PDF is PACKED with prayers and prayer prompts to tap into all the wonderful gifts God has given us within our Faith! It has simple summaries and excellent prompts to pray: to pray with gratitude, to foster the virtues and gifts already infused into us at Baptism, and to help us appreciate all God’s Grace and Tools He freely offers to us, as we pursue holiness.

Key Feast Days in January:

He’s still a little BABY! Sock Baby Jesus can still hang around in his crib as we bask in the Baptism of the Lord (January 10) and await the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd.

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Equipping Catholic Families with 2021 Resolutions!

It’s that time of year again, our second chance to start the new year (the Liturgical Calendar began with Advent in 2020).These are the big four resolutions that I’m going to tackle (again) and I’ve included some resource, article and affiliate links that I’ve found helpful.

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Prompt Me to Pray…with the 12 Days of Christmas!

Most of us are familiar with the Christmas Song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and how it represents symbols of Catechism for the early Christians with the gifts that God gave to us. From the partridge representing Jesus Himself, each day brings numbered gifts to represent various elements of our Faith:

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Best 2020 Catholic Books for Your Christmas Wish List

Picture Books

This is the Church

Written by Katie Warner and illustrated by Meg Whalen
Full Book Review   on Equipping Catholic Families

This is an exquisitely beautiful picture book! With each beautifully illustrated page, we are introduced to Jesus, the Apostles, St. Joseph and Mother Mary, patriarchs, prophets and kings and Adam and Even through the stained glass windows within a Church.

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Let Go of Anger and Stress {Book Review}

Let Go of Anger & Stress: Be Transformed by the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

by Gary Zimak

Let Go of Anger & Stress is a helpful handbook for inviting the Holy Spirit to work in us and live out the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. By allowing ourselves to be transformed by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulnes, gentleness and self-control, we are able to let go of anger and stress. We can learn how to be the person He created us to be.

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Lily Lolek {Picture Book Review}

Lily Lolek: Future Saint

by Katie Warner, illustrated by Amy Rodriguez

Lily Lolek: Future Saint is a sweet picture book about a little girl who dreams of being a Saint. She tries to imitate all of the Saints she learns about, but soon discovers, with the help of a family visit from a parish priest, that she’s called to be a Saint in the unique and unrepeatable way that only she can be: by being herself.

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Bless Us, O Lord {Book Review}

Bless Us O Lord: A Family Treasury of Mealtime Prayers

by Robert M. Hamma

Bless Us O Lord offers an extensive collection of prayers for mealtime for Days of the Week, specific Days within the Seasons of the Liturgical Calendar, Holidays and Saints’ Days, and other special occasions. For each of the Saints’ Days, a quick bio of the Saint is presented, followed by a customized prayer either attributed to the Saint or expressing special insight or gifts of the Saint for us to pursue or imitate.

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Holy Hacks {Book Review}

Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get To Heaven

by Patti Maguire Armstrong

Holy Hacks is such a cool book! I think I counted over 430 different Hacks for  Holiness in life, for humility, in relationships, in prayer, for spiritual protection, for evangelizing, against gossip, inspired by the Saints and within the Seasons of the Liturgical Calendar!

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Who Do You Say That I Am? {Book Review}

Who Do You Say That I Am? and Other Questions Christ Asks Us

by Robert LeBlanc

Who Do You Say That I Am? is thoughtfully written and insightful. It offers a perfect opportunity for reflection and a jumpstart to prayer. Prompted to respond to Jesus’ direct questions through our own circumstances, struggles, and joys, we dare to explore and pursue a deeper personal relationship with Jesus. This book will be a welcome addition to your collection of spiritual reading and an invaluable prompt for heartfelt prayer.

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