Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

“I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25 The last few years have been filled with a lot of loss in our family- my father-in-law, a dear friend from grad school, my husband’s aunt, my friend’s daughter, two friends from our parish, and a much hoped for baby. Many times in the last two …

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“I am the gate.” John 10:7 This is the I am statement of Jesus that I probably know the least, and in my research for this post, I realized/learned that this I am statement is very connected to tomorrow: I am the good shepherd. They both come from Jesus’s words to the Pharisees immediately after …

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One of my coworkers loves to retell the story of his first year at our school. After a jam-packed Advent season, I jokingly remarked to him, “Just wait- Lent is Advent on steroids!” While the two seasons are incredibly different, in the life of our school community, they follow a similar pattern. During Lent our …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click the link and purchase the book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. The summer after I had my son, I purchased The Artist’s Way at our local bookstore. My sister Anne, a super talented artist, had recommended the book to …

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“After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried.”Luke 23:53 Sometimes after a long battle with illness, there is some small relief in knowing that your loved one is not longer in pain. When I …

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When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be …

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A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Luke 23:27 This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click through and purchase something using my link I receive a small commission at no cost to you. I’ve always loved the tradition of the Stations of the Cross. …

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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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