Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

O Emmanuel, of King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God! Emmanuel is probably one of my favorite names of Jesus. As soon as I hear this name, I picture Advent and a particular mass memory. My sophomore or junior year in high school, our choir was supposed to sing at …

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O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! The school I attended growing up proudly proclaimed “Jesus is Lord!” on all of its signs, logos, etc. While I am not sure that this was fully lived out by the people who ultimately made the …

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O Key of David,opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:come and free the prisoners of darkness! It’s been a tough few years for our family.  In spring of 2018 we lost my father-in-law, in the summer of 2018 I lost a close friend from graduate school and just last month we lost my husband’s aunt …

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O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay! Knowing our roots is important. I remember as a small girl learning the story of Nicholas Appert, my ancestor, who was a French scientist around the time of Napoleon. When Napoleon needed a way for his …

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O Wisdom of our God Most High,guiding creation with power and love:come to teach us the path of knowledge! Wisdom is so important in the business of teaching the faith. Every day students come to us with so many needs and so many valuable and valid questions. Why does God allow suffering and evil? Why …

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A few years ago my friend Anna introduced me to an online group of Catholic moms who would do peg doll swaps at various points throughout the year. Based on our conversations, I ran my own Jesse Tree ornaments swap and had a great time sharing faith and friendship with some local Catholic moms. Then …

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Celebrating Advent with my family is a lot of fun. Although my son is still a little young to understand all the signs and symbols of Advent, he loves candles and he loves a good story, so both of those things play heavily into our family Advent traditions. It’s also super fun to have a …

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My personal prayer for Advent is usually pretty simple, as it has to be for a full-time working mom of a toddler. (An added complication is that my husband works nights, so we tend to parent in shifts.) Most years I use whatever devotional is given out at church to be my spiritual guide through …

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So I’ve recently started listening to The Catholic Feminist Podcast, and one of her episodes this month had the catchy title of “How I Advent”. I am minority obsessed with this liturgical season, and in addition to loving her thoughts on Advent, I wanted to take the time to share a bit about how I …

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