Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

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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FIFTH WORD “Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst.” John 19:28 Reflection: In each of their convents, the Missionaries of Charity (the order founded by Saint Teresa of Calcutta) have this word of Christ above their crucifixes: I thirst.  Mother Teresa wanted her sisters …

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FOURTH WORD “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 Reflection:  I think loneliness is one of the worst ways to feel.  Growing up in a big family and being involved in music, dance …

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THIRD WORD “When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he said to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he said to the disciple: Behold thy mother.” John 19: 26-27 Reflection: Recently my husband’s family had a meeting.  It was quite the fete, getting all seven children …

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SECOND WORD “Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23: 43 Reflection: Life is full of split second choices that can have potentially huge outcomes.  The two men being crucified with Jesus have made many choices that led them to the hill of crucifixion.  The Bible doesn’t …

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