Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

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, …

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When I teach the gospels to my seventh graders, we often make lists of the things that make each gospel distinct. For example, Matthew uses the literary form of midrash to show numerous connections between Jesus and the Old Testament promises God had made to the Israelites. Mark is the shortest gospel, and also all …

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It’s May! This is the month devoted to Mary in the church, so it only seems fitting to dedicate the blog posts this month to learning more about our Blessed Mother. As I’ve been developing teaching resources for distance learning, I’ve been trying to deepen my understanding of Mary: who she is and what she …

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Catholics do a great job at Lent. We fast, pray, and give like champs. For forty days we fill devotionals, give up things we love, and pick ways to help others. I love picking lenten devotions and planning my lenten promises. My classroom and home are taken over by the color purple and the symbols …

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It’s almost October, and in my planning for classes, this is when I prep for my students to learn about Saint Gianna and for my 8th grade students to begin researching and learning the lives of the saints they will perform on All Saints Day. You can read more about that here. While my enthusiasm …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on one of the links and purchase a book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. When I was in college, I read a lot of Henri Nouwen. A Catholic priest who left an illustrious career in academia to live with the …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on my link and purchase a book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Esther is another amazing study by Beth Moore. From the first time I was introduced to her studies in college, Beth Moore’s insight into scripture and her obvious …

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One of my least favorite things about religion textbooks is the fact that they are all designed with a once a week parish class in mind. In order for publishers to make their money, they have to create books that they can market for both the school and the parish consumer. The result, as far …

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One of my favorite units in our study of the New Testament is the unit on parables. Our textbook provides some good ways of looking at and categorizing parables, but my favorite part is when we take the time to look at some famous parables and begin to unpack what they can mean in our …

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When reading through my Magnificat magazine this month, something caught my eye. The Stations of the Cross have always been one of my favorite Lenten practices, and I love the way that our school displays them in the hallways so students can pray them any time. So I was really excited to discover the Via …

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