Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in …

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Yesterday I experienced a first. The weather was so bad that our bishop displeased the Sunday obligation for everyone in our entire diocese, asking us to pray at home, especially the luminous mysteries in honor of world marriage day. As I stayed inside for yet another day with a toddler who desperately wants to play …

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This last weekend, I sang at a dear friend’s memorial service.  As I reflect on what MaryJo meant to me and to so many others who gathered this weekend, I wanted to take this time to share the story of a woman who truly dedicated her life to loving God by serving others.  She is …

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I love retreats.  I love going on retreats, although it can be a little difficult in the rural area where I live and teach.  I love helping on retreats- especially in the planning and behind the scenes work.  But there is something truly special about exposing someone else to their first ever experience of a …

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A few years ago I took a digital literacy class and I was immediately hooked on infographics.  I love how clear and simple graphics can make information more accessible and interesting.  I started making and using infographics for use in my classes using some online software, and I watched student engagement increase.  Their enthusiasm got …

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SEVENTH WORD “And Jesus crying with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up his spirit.” Luke 23:46 Reflection: Each year, I pick a theme song for my year, although some years there end up being two or three songs that become my theme song …

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SIXTH WORD “Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is finished.” John 19:30 Reflection: Have you ever felt like you had done all you can do?  That you have nothing left to give?  That’s always been the feeling that I get from this last word of Jesus.  For years he has given …

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