Lent: Saints & Virtue: Week FOUR

March 15-21

Quick Bio: St. Faustina was born in 1905 in a small rural village in Poland. She first heard the voice of Jesus in her heart when she was only seven years old. She entered the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the age of 20. She was known for her holiness and for performing the daily chores at the convent with cheerfulness. She received mystical revelations, visions, locutions and prophecies, all focused on the Mercy of Jesus. She recorded her spiritual experiences in her Diary and it has become a spiritual classic. She suffered from tuberculosis and offered all of her prayers, works and sufferings in union with the Suffering of Jesus, for the mercy of sinners. She died at the age of 33.

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Lent: Saints & Virtue: Week THREE

Week TWO: March 8-14

Quick Bio: St.Thérèse was born in 1873 and “from the age of three, …began to refuse nothing of what God asked of [her]”. Her mother passed away when St. Therese was only four years old. St.Thérèse entered the convent at the age of fifteen (requesting permission from the Pope). Four of her sisters also became nuns. St.Thérèse died at the age of  twenty four.

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Lent Saints & Virtue: Week TWO

Week TWO: March 1-7

Quick Bio: St. Josephine was branded by slave owners with 114 scars on her body. She forgave the slave traders who kidnapped her and those who tortured her saying: “I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and religious today. The Lord has loved me so much. We must love everyone.”

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Equipping Catholic Families with a Comprehensive Guide to Lenten Crafts and Family Traditions

This is our summary post of Lenten crafts and activities to bless your family Lenten journey.

Classic Lenten Activities and Family Traditions

First of all, check out our FREE craft tutorials for these classics!

Good Deed Bead Bracelets: A great way to get kids engaged in LENT prayer and sacrifice and good deeds!

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15 Lenten Printables

While I enjoy creating Catholic Printables, I’m always excited to see what others are creating to foster prayer and devotion and faith formation in the home. This year’s Catholic Mom Bundle for Lent is an awesome collection of Catholic Resources and I’m going to feature just over half of them in this post. There are even more resources available in the Bundle, but I’m focusing on the ones that grabbed my attention, particularly as printables for Lent. I’ve grouped them into Activity Packs, Journals/Programs and Prayer.

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Mentors of Mercy: NEW Craft Kit in the Shoppe!

The Mentors of Mercy Craft Kit includes templates featuring illustrated examples of Mercy, exemplified by Jesus and the Saints.

17 pages of templates can be colored and assembled to create 3 Booklets, Carousel or Accordion Centerpieces based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, Spiritual Works of Mercy and Mysteries of Mercy from Jesus’ Public Ministry.

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Feast Day Fun: February

Equipping Catholic Families for February Saints Days!

This is our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar. As our kids get older, our activities and commitment to Catholic crafts has changed and adjusted (at least for our tween, teen and young adult kids)! While we haven’t exactly been adding a lot of Catholic crafts around here, we do enjoy pulling out the crafts and programs we’ve developed over the years, sometimes sharing them with younger families in our parish!

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Magnify: Pursuing Virtue as a Feminine Genius: Book Review

Magnify 90 is a program that taps into this awesome book of daily devotions while challenging women to give up various attachments for a period of 90 days. The idea is that by living a simpler life with fewer distractions, we may delve deeper into our spiritual life with Scripture and Catholic Spiritual Reading, practicing the virtues we’re learning about and pursuing deeper prayer in our personal relationship with Jesus.

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10 Tips for Faith+Family=focused Ordinary Time

We just took down our tree…on the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord: the last day of the Christmas Season. Sometimes we feel a little down when the official Christmas season is over. It’s hard to jump enthusiastically into Ordinary Time, because it sounds so, well, ordinary!

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Equipping Catholic Families ….with New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, our second chance to start the new year (the Liturgical Calendar began with Advent in 2019).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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