Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

October is the month of the rosary, and while I am still home on maternity leave, I wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite resources for celebrating the rosary with my students and also with my family. In pre-covid times, our entire school would gather to say the rosary together, and I loved seeing the creativity that different classes would use to lead us through the mysteries. Some of my favorites were the glow in the dark luminous mysteries where students created a rosary out of glow sticks while we prayed the prayers, the outdoor rosary where the students sat in the parking lot around a chalked out rosary filled with student prayer leaders, and any time students acted out a story or the mysteries themselves.

Here are some ideas I’ve shared in the past:
Five ways to celebrate the month of the rosary
5 ways to celebrate the month of the Rosary
Our Lady of Fatima Rosary
Mary Infographic Project

I also have some favorite books to help students and teachers learn more about the rosary and pray it more consistently. This section of the post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on any of the links and purchase the books, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.

This year I am going to use The Mysteries of the Rosary: A Catholic Coloring Devotional to help me pray my way through October. This beautiful resource is not expensive at all- only 7 dollars, and features reflections and beautiful coloring pages for each of the 20 mysteries of the Rosary.

In the past I’ve used The Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Book for myself and students, and the details in it are truly beautiful. However, the art is pretty small and so it’s definitely better for older kids with colored pencils or super fine tip markers.

A few summers ago I used the book Ponder for my summer spirituality series. (You can read about that here.) I loved the layout and style of the book, which takes you through the twenty mysteries of the rosary in a four week study- this would be perfect for the month of October. The devotional has scripture, guided lectio divina journaling and a color and pray rosary for each day. I really loved it. There’s also a Ponder For Kids version which I haven’t used yet but want to.

I also have a wonderful resource in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that focuses on the four words of Mary in the scriptures and the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church. While not strictly a rosary resource, the four words would fit well with any Bible study on the mysteries of the rosary. You can find that resource here.

What are your favorite ways to celebrate the month of the rosary? Let me know in the comments!

I originally published this post before our school’s feast day (St. Joseph Day), but yesterday as my family celebrated my baptism day, I thought this might be a good resource for starting to celebrate baptism days and feast days in your classroom. My family has always celebrated our baptism days with all the special things people do for birthdays- cake, parties, presents and special treats. Because we also celebrate birthdays, this meant two special days that were all about you, which in a family of nine, felt pretty darn special. This year in my class I want to celebrate the baptism days of my students with a small treat or extra recess. For my students who aren’t baptized, I want to celebrate a saint’s day, so that every student has a special faith celebration day.

I’ve always loved a good feast day. I remember the year our son was born, I was sooooo excited to take him to mass on his feast day. We were going to bring his icon of Saint Maximilian and his icon of Saint Jude, along with some medals and rosaries to be blessed. I dressed him in his cutest panda onesie and we were out the door and on to noon mass. It wasn’t until the end of mass, when Father pointed out that it was Max’s feast day that I realized the entire back of his onesie was black and white striped. If you are familiar with the story of Maximilian Kolbe, you can see why I was suddenly horrified that the entire church was now looking at my baby, who appeared to be dressed as a prisoner. (Maximilian Kolbe heroically died in the place of another prisoner at Auschwitz.) After mass Father told me he had in fact thought that I dressed Max as his patron saint, and we laughed about it before he blessed our various religious icons and medals.

Celebrating feast days is another way to connect students to the joy of faith. Often times in religious education we get so focused on what we want students to know that we forget who we want them to know. Our end goal should be a personal relationship with Jesus. While prayers and facts can certainly help strengthen that relationship and even help begin the process of forming the relationship, the experiences of joyfully lived faith are going to last a lot longer in our students’ memories than the exact wording of Exodus 20 and the 10 Commandments.

Faith is a family. In a family you celebrate birthdays, achievements, and anniversaries, both happy and sad. Feast days are a great way to introduce your students to their family of faith.

If you’re new to the feast day game, here are some ideas to help you get started. First, start with your school’s patron saint. Our school is Saint Joseph’s, and luckily, this was a feast my family celebrated in style growing up. Because I grew up in North Jersey with an Italian godmother, I learned to celebrate this feast the way the Italian American community does: with lots of food. For Saint Joseph’s day you have spaghetti and meatballs, homemade bread, and zeppole for dessert. Last year our school had a marvelous procession in honor of our patron saint, which you can read about here, and I brought zeppole in for my students, even though I had to get up at 4 am to fry them all. So if your school has a patron, research their feast day. Maybe there are fun foods and traditions for your saint.

If your school doesn’t have a specific saint of obvious feast day, you could pick a feast that is special for the Church. Any of the Holy Days of Obligation would be an easy and obvious choice. For Immaculate Conception you could have a Mary crowning or do a special mass or living rosary. I’ve written a lot about All Saints Day on the blog because it’s my favorite, and the internet is full of great ideas for how to celebrate All Saints with students.

I think the formula I would use to start a feast day is this: prayer + food + fun. Students will remember the food and fun, which will hopefully bring them back to the prayer and the meaning of the feast day.

Wish us luck- for this year’s celebration of our feast day, my students are already scheming about how to get donuts out to the whole school. If you have a favorite feast day celebration or food, I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments!

This year’s back to school plans are looking very different for teachers, students and families all over the country, and while the plan at my school is to go back face to face in a few weeks, many schools are looking at beginning the year online. Catholic schools are scrambling to make plans to remain viable in this new normal, and after weeks of worrying about my job for next year and the future of my Catholic school community, I decided to set my sights on the things I can do to continue to offer the best religious education I can for my students, no matter where they are learning. Here are five ideas I came up with for ways to help families build their families’ faith in their homes.

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  1. Create a Build a Prayer Table Kit to send to families.
    If students are coming in to pick up books etc, you could build these kits ahead of time and have them set up with religion textbooks for students to take home. If life will be completely digital, you could mail them. (Maybe the school or local parish could help with shipping.) The idea behind this is that with a few pieces of religious art and sacramentals, students can create a small space in their homes for prayer and reflection during the week. My family’s prayer table is right in our living room and usually features some religious books and saint prints.
    Here are some ideas for what to include in the kit:
    ~ A picture of Mary. I often have people donate old calendars with religious art, and this would be a great place to source these for free.
    ~ Two to three holy cards.* I love this set of cards from Amazon. There are 54 cards a variety of saints and prayers for only 6 dollars. There’s another set * available which is specifically saints, which could be nice for older students preparing for confirmation.
    ~Rosaries*, medals*, small statues. I’ve also been able to source rosaries and small religious articles from local friends and parishioners, but I also love sending my students home with the St. Benedict Medal* because I love the symbolism in it. It would also make a great mini lesson.
    ~Coloring sheets. (Age depending, but I’ve found that older students enjoy coloring as well.) There are many great websites that have these for free online. A few of my favorites are Catholic Family Crate and Tiny Saints
  2. Have students give a tour of the prayer area they set up.
    Some of my favorite distance learning moments in the spring were when we met students’ little siblings and pets. We also had one class meeting where students shared their musical abilities on guitar and piano. Once students set up a small family prayer area, it would be really fun to have them give their classmates a tour. I would probably start by showing them my family’s prayer table and giving ideas of things they might have at home to use. (Candles, pretty cloths etc.)
  3. Start each digital class with a prayer.
    This was an area I really failed last year. The transition into distance learning was so abrupt that a lot of my procedural set up was haphazard at best. If we are learning digitally this year, my plan is to start with a prayer of the week, then transition into having students lead the class prayer for a week at a time. They can choose whatever kind of prayer they want.
  4. Create regular opportunities for prayer journaling and reflection.
    One of the biggest downsides to not being in school in person will be the lack of the sacraments. Depending on where your school and students are, some of these children have not had access to the sacraments for months. While I am super impressed with the ways parishes have embraced the challenges of outdoor and live streamed masses, the truth is that these options have not worked for my family with a small child and one on the way. I would assume that many of my students are in the same boat. Because of this, my plan for digital learning is to build in time for personal prayer and group sharing each week. In my Teachers Pay Teachers store I have many resources for this, including these prayer journal templates. My plan is to set aside at least twenty minutes a week for students to reflect on scriptures and share in small groups. Even if we are face to face, we still won’t have our weekly masses, so this will be crucial for keeping us connected to the liturgical life of the Church.
  5. Go on a virtual tour of some of the world’s most beautiful churches.
    I’ve always wanted to do this in my religion class and never quite made the time, but our new religion curriculum includes Church history and architecture, so this is the year for me! Thankfully this idea will work just as well in person or over a digital meeting. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is one of my favorite churches to visit in person, and the Marian Chapels in the basement would tie in nicely with an Advent or Rosary unit. You can also see The Sistine Chapel on the Vatican website. A quick Google search will give you lots of great options.

These are just a few ways to build the faith of your students when you can’t be with them in person. All of these would also easily adapt to hybrid or in person models too. I would love to hear ideas and questions you have about starting the year in person or online. Let me know your brilliant ideas!

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I’m a little ashamed to admit that before last summer I had no idea who Hildegard of Bingen even was. I was organizing a saint peg doll swap focused on the Doctors of the Church, and in my research came across the fact that there are only four female doctors of the Church. Three I was familiar with: Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux. The fourth was Hildegard, a ground breaking writer, leader, naturalist, musician, artist and more. She was born in 1098 in Germany and she lived for 81 years. She founded monasteries, advised kings and Popes and is an incredible example of a woman with power for any feminist, Catholic or not.

Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader* by Carmen Acevedo Butcher is a great introduction to this spiritual giant. The book gives a brief biography of Hildegard, followed by selections from her songs, Scivias, Play of the Virtues, letters, Physica, The Book of Life’s Merits, and The Book of Divine Works. At times when reading the plays and naturalist papers she wrote I felt a bit like a college student again- and I will admit, my Medieval literature class was not my favorite part of being an English majoy. But I loved the songs so very much. Butcher’s translations are beautiful and the poetry is amazing.

I enjoyed that no section of this book was terribly long. Even the parts that were denser in terms of prose style moved quickly into the next set of writings. And Hildegard was so good at writing so many different things that there is something for everyone in this book. Her writing is inspiring to pray with, interesting to read and breaks many of the “rules” of literature at her time.

This book would be great for anyone who likes poetry or drama. The plays are fun to read in terms of the history and style. They show a lot about what plays were like in Medieval times. It’s also a great book for people who want to read about strong women. Hildegard’s spirituality and feminism seem way ahead of her time. I love her vision of women in the Church.

Popcorn Rating: 3. Depending on what you like to read, different parts of this book will be easier or harder to get through. I flew through the songs because I loved the poetry and found it uplifting and inspiring. The naturalist papers and the letters were a little slower for me, but a history buff would probably really enjoy those parts.

Stars: 5. I loved that this book helped me grow spiritually and also helped me learn more about history and literature. I really enjoyed reading literature in the midst of all the YA fiction I read for school.

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It was the ultimate Goodwill find: in one trip, Praying with Therese of Lisieux, collected writings of Hildegard of Bingen, and a book about Our Lady of Fatima*, one of my favorite Marian apparitions. I brought all three home, ready to start my quest to learn more about Mary and the female Doctors of the Church. So far I’ve worked my way through the two about Therese and Hildegard, and I’ve just started the one about Fatima.

Praying with Therese of Lisieux by Joseph F. Schmidt was published as part of the Companions for the Journey Series by the Word Among Us. Unfortunately most of the rest of the series is out of print, which was disappointing, because I would have liked to try out the books featuring the other female Doctors of the Church that the series had. But the book on Therese is still available online, as are several other books by Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC. I am looking forward to checking these out.

The book is set up with a little bit of background on St. Therese at the beginning, followed by 15 meditations from her writings. Each meditation is set up with a theme, opening prayer, story from Therese’s life, some of Therese’s words from her writings, a small reflection, numerous ideas for personal prayer, then a scripture and closing prayer. This sounds like a lot and it is. I normally do my prayer and reflection in the mornings before my household is up, and there were several times I had to spread this all throughout the day in order to do it. I did really like all the prayer suggestions, especially because I am a journaler. I felt like there were many ideas I could think about and write about as part of my prayer.

Because there are fifteen meditations and because of their length, this book would make a great retreat for a group or an individual. I used this book during our school’s winter break, which gave me an uninterrupted two weeks to do one meditation per day without all the extra things I would be doing during work. I could see this book being a nice resource on a vacation when the pace of life is a little slower.

This book would make a great gift for someone going through RCIA or about to be confirmed. It would be an excellent resource for a spirituality group or provide a structure for a retreat based on St. Therese.

Popcorn Rating: 3. Because the lengths and topics vary from meditation to meditation, some days of using this book were easier than others. I got a lot out of all the meditations regardless of ease.

Stars: 4. The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is that sometimes the meditations were too long and detailed to fit my daily life. But the content and organization were great, and the author clearly knows a lot about St. Therese and loves her. I am looking forward to reading his other books.

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I first encountered the writings of Father Jacques Philippe a few summers ago, when I read a copy of Interior Freedom * that my Dad had given me. (You can read my review of that book here.) I’ve told this story before, but it’s such a good one that parts of it bear repeating. Father Philippe is very open about the fact that his spirituality is greatly influenced by St. Therese of Lisieux, and for years I had a weird spiritual block about Therese. As I finished Interior Freedom in my parish’s adoration chapel, I felt a tug on my heart. Okay God I thought, I’ll read Story of a Soul *if you want me to. As I walked out the door, I ran into Fr. Peter, one of our priests. “I’m looking to put together a group of people interested in reading St. Therese’s Story of a Soul,” he told me. “Would you be interested in joining us?” I love the way God works.

The Way of Trust and Love * is a small book based on a retreat that Father Philippe gave in Spain about 10 years ago. It is based on the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux, who called her “little way” a way of trust and love. He suggests that if possible, the book still be used as a retreat, with the reader using one of the six chapters each day for a week and then ending with a day of prayer and reflection. Reading the book was not feasible for me during the school year, but I did have time every Thursday afternoon when I would bring my class to adoration at the parish. Reading this book in the presence of the Eucharist was an incredible gift. Each week I found a gem of insight and spirituality that was exactly what I needed to hear.

Because this book is mostly the transcripts of talks, the writing style is a little different from Philippe’s other books, but I liked that. At times I found his conversational style easier to understand than his more polished works. There were also some great quotes throughout the book that gave me the spiritual kick in the pants I needed. Here are some of my favorites:
“The most important task of all is to save mankind, and mankind will be saved by prayer…not everyone can spend hours in church, but each of us must do the little that he or she can. If there were a little less television and a little more prayer in our lives, we would be more at peace.”
“Worrying never solved any problem. What solves problems are trust and faith.”
“If trust disappears when we do wrong, it shows that our trust was based on ourselves and our deeds.”

I want to read this book again sometime soon with a spirituality group. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially people who want to learn more about themselves and St. Therese.

Popcorn Rating: 2. Father Philippe’s work always makes you think, reread and try harder.

Stars: 5+. There aren’t a lot of spirituality books that I reread, but this one I’m already planning to see if I can form a women’s group to read it again. It’s just that good. I also read this during a year when I was coming out of a very tough time of depression and anxiety and during the loss of a pregnancy. This book helped remind me that trust in God is not based on my circumstances and that God (and many others) love me so very much.

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I had seen the book Theology of Home * all over my instagram feed for months and was drawn to it for several reasons. First of all, the photography for the book is beautiful. Second, especially since having a house of my own and having children, I’ve been looking for ways to build the domestic church. Now during this extended time of quarantine (our county has been locked down since March 16th), my home is more than ever our family’s church. I want to make sure that my home and its physical space lead my family closer to Jesus every day. When a student gave the book to me as a gift, I was thrilled!

The book is set up as a series of essays by several Catholic women: Carrie Gress, Noelle Mering, and Megan Schrieber. The photography is the work of Kim Baile. The essays are collected into 12 chapters: Entering, Remembering, Building, Light, Nourishment, Safety, Order, Comfort, Hospitality, Balance, Leaving, and Mary, the Homemaker. The photos of these women’s houses are incredibly aspirational. Even though I knew that no family with four to six children keeps a house that clean and that they were definitely staged for photos, I struggled a little with the perfection in these pages. None of the essays dealt with my piles of laundry in the living room or inability to keep our table clear of all sorts of junk.

Look at the end pages!

If you love decorating magazines, this is a good book for you. It’s beautiful and uplifting, but it didn’t hold the practical ideas that I had hoped it would. I am a huge fan of self-help, and for some reason I thought this might be a little more like Catholic self help for the home. That being said, I want to reread the essays with a notebook and keep track of the ideas or decorating that I want to try in my own home. The first time I just read the book straight through.

I think this book would make a great gift for newly weds or friends who have just bought a house. I would hesitate to give it to a brand new mom because those first months and years are so hard and this book makes it look a little easy.

Popcorn rating: 5. This book is easy and relaxing to read. It will inspire you to clean your house and hang some art. My three year old even liked reading it with me.

Stars: 4. I wanted things to be more specific and practical for my reality, which I realize was not the purpose of the book, but it was my hope for the book. However, it is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a while, and I think that counts for a few stars of its own.

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Today is my last official day of the weirdest school year ever. More than ever I am feeling the need to recharge physically, emotionally and spiritually. As I have the past two summers, I am planning to do a series of blog posts designed to help you do that too. These are the spiritual books I’ve read throughout the year or in past years that have helped me grow in my faith and be the best possible teacher, wife, mom and Catholic woman that I can be. (Don’t worry, I know I have a loooooong way to go, these are just some of the books that are helping me to get there.) Because I started the year with the lofty goal of getting to know the female Doctors of the Church a bit better, there is a theme in some of these books, but you’ll also notice a LOT of St. Therese of Lisieux in there. Reading and praying with her writings helped me get through a lot of difficult times this year.

Like last summer, the rating system I will use is one that my sisters and I use: popcorn.  If a book is an easy, kick off your sandals and read at the beach book, it will be a 5 popcorn read.  If it is a book that will challenge you (think the writings of Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint John Paul II) it will be a 1 popcorn read.  To avoid people thinking a 1 popcorn read is a bad book, I will use stars to indicate how helpful the book was to me spiritually.

Finally, for many of the books I will provide a link to where you can purchase it on Amazon. If you decide that this may be a book for you and purchase it using my link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. This is a small way for me to pay for the blog and continue to provide great content and resources to teachers and parents for absolutely free.
Happy Summer!

The fourth time Mary speaks in the Gospels is at the Wedding in Cana, which is found in John 2: 1-12. This is the only time that we can hear Mary speak in Jesus’s adult life and ministry, and I love the way the interchange goes between the two of them. The story is a familiar one: Mary goes to Jesus and tells him, “They have no wine.” She doesn’t ask or explain anything, just tells Jesus what the situation is and trusts that he can take care of it. His response seems a bit exasperated (“Women, how does your concern affect me?”) and more than a little rude. I love how Mary doesn’t even react- she just turns to the waiting servants and tells them “Do whatever he tells you.”

I feel like Mary’s last words in the gospel sum up our Christian vocation beautifully. We just need to do whatever he tells us. Mary could ask whatever she needed of Jesus and completely trust that he would take care of it because she truly knew who Jesus was and what he could do. The more time we spend with Christ, the more we can listen and know how to do whatever he tells us.

Here are some ideas for a week based on “Do whatever he tells you.”

Read the Wedding at Cana in the Bible. Students could read the scripture and study it using the Lectio Divina scripture study method. I have a pre-made version in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but you could easily do as a whole class bible study or prayer journal activity.

Use the Examen to start talking about discernment. Learning about Ignatian spirituality and specifically the Examen prayer completely transformed my prayer life and relationship with Christ. In order to be able to do whatever Jesus tells us, we need to have a real relationship with him, like Mary did. The Examen provides a structure for daily prayer that helps build an awareness of God’s workings in your life. There are lots of versions specifically for younger people- here is one called the five finger Examen.

Research what Jesus tells us to do. Seek out Bible passages where Jesus tells us what we should do. For example, Jesus teaches us how to pray with the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). He gives us the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12), tells us not to judge (Matthew 7:1-5) and tells us the Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22: 34-40). There are countless other lessons throughout the gospels- students could try to find 3, or work in prayers to go in depth in one specific teaching of Jesus and present that to the class creatively with song, art or acting.

Learn about intercessory prayer. Catholics’ relationship with Mary can be confusing, and this story is a great way to explain how Catholics don’t worship Mary or pray to her. When Mary asks Jesus to do something for her, he does, even though he is initially resistant. When Catholics pray the rosary or other Marian devotions, we are praying TO Jesus, THROUGH Mary. It’s like asking a friend to pray for you, or your Mom to advocate for you when you are young. Pray a class rosary and encourage your students to entrust their intentions to Mary’s intercession.

Under the wire, but I made it! Four words of Mary for four weeks of May! Coming up soon: Summer Spirituality Series 2020 and some more free resources to help you hit the new school year ready for online or in person learning.

Right now, this third word of Mary in the Gospels is resonating strongly with me. After spending time in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, Mary and Joseph head back to Nazareth, only to realize that 12 year old Jesus is not with the travelling group. They make their way back to the temple, and by the time they find Jesus, he has been missing for three days. In Luke Chapter 2 verse 48, Mary asks Jesus, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”

During this time of quarantine, I feel like Mary and Joseph. I am desperately searching for God’s plan for me in a time of great anxiety and I want to ask him “why have you done this to us?” For the first time ever, I did not make my Lenten obligation of confession or my Easter obligation to receive communion. I know these are most likely dispensed, but the disquiet in my heart continues. But Jesus is still here, waiting for me. “Why were you looking for me?” He must be here, in my house.

Here are some ideas for a week based on “Why have you done this to us?”:

Read the Finding in the Temple in the Bible. Students could read the scripture and study it using the Lectio Divina scripture study method. I have a pre-made version in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but you could easily do as a whole class bible study or prayer journal activity.

Compare the Story of the Finding in the Temple to the Story of the Crucifixion. You can find the story of Jesus’s passion in all four gospels, but this exercise would be especially powerful using John’s gospel because Mary is so present in his retelling of the crucifxion. (John’s passion is in chapters 18 and 19.) Some points of similarity between the two stories to find with your students: Jesus comforting Mary, although probably not in the way she would like, the timing of the events (Passover), the three days in the tomb vs. the three days in the Temple, and I’m sure there are even more.

Prayer Journal. I think it’s important for young people to know that feeling disappointed in God is a normal struggle of faith. I’ve always had a hard time with speakers and writers who claim that God never disappoints. However, like Mary in the story, our disappointment in God stems from our lack of understanding of his plan for our lives. Sometimes journalling after a painful and disappointing experience can give us insight into God’s plan or closure about what happened.
Here are some questions that could help students prayer journal using the story of Mary finding Jesus in the Temple. Have you ever wanted to ask Jesus how could you do this about something that is happening in your life? If so, when? Looking back on a time when you felt disappointed in God, can you see anything good that came out of the situation? Did you learning anything? What causes you anxiety? Have you asked Jesus to help you find peace? Could you ask him now?

Do a Guided Meditation about Anxiety. You could find a script online or create your own if you want to lead the class. I really like the ones by Mindful Christian on Youtube. I’ve used them in my class for several years and the students get a kick out of the leader’s accent.

Go “Find Jesus” in the Blessed Sacrament. I’ve written before about the power of Eucharistic Adoration in the lives of middle schoolers, and I really believe that the more we can expose students to this type of prayer, the better. Obviously right now, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is not available to many Catholics, but my hope is that by the next school year it will be.

Mary’s fourth word and more Mary ideas coming soon!

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