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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you purchase a book using my link I make a small commission at no cost to you. 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 …

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Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you use my link to purchase a book I receive a small commission at no cost to you. It was the ultimate Goodwill find: in one trip, Praying with Therese of Lisieux, collected writings of Hildegard of Bingen, and a book …

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Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. That means that if you use my link to purchase a book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. I first encountered the writings of Father Jacques Philippe a few summers ago, when I read a copy of Interior Freedom * that …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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