As Catholics, we pray in many ways. We learn to pray from the example and words of Jesus. Urged by the Holy Spirit, we pray these basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, praise, and thanksgiving. When we thank God in prayer, we call these prayers of thanksgiving.Continue Reading
Often, educators, parents and caregivers struggle with what they should say or share with young children when trauma or tragedy transpires. This can be especially difficult considering the world view that the child is likely to have, based on their own previous life experiences. This may be the first time that the child is finding that their interpretation of the world, and the world itself, are two very different things. Here are some suggestions of tools and techniques for helping children cope.Continue Reading
Have young children design a prayer card for this year’s Thanksgiving meal as they reflect on God’s many gifts. Download the prayer card template and directions and share it with your students in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.
As the children in your home or parish prepare for the celebration of Halloween in their schools and neighborhoods, take the opportunity to draw connections between this secular holiday and the Church’s celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days.Continue Reading
All Christians share a common vocation: to grow in holiness and spread the message of Jesus’ life and saving work. An important part of our common vocation is responding to God’s love throughout our lives.Continue Reading
On October 15th, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of St Teresa of Avila, who said, "We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us." Like Saint Teresa of Avila, in our prayer, work, travel, and everyday lives, we can explore within and find our way to God.
In the wake of a terrorist attack or tragedy, Catholics of all ages may seek answers to help make sense of the acts of violence and hatred. For children, the complexities of these issues can cause fear and feelings that young people find hard to articulate or manage.Continue Reading
Bring Catholic family members together around the care of God’s Creation with a fun fall activities resource. Pope Francis once said, “The family remains the basic unit of society and the first school in which children learn the human, spiritual and moral values which enable them to be a beacon of goodness, integrity and justice in our communities.” Help families to fulfill their role as this “first school” with suggestions for fun fall activities that simultaneously encourage faith sharing and care for creation.Continue Reading