Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

Happy feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! A few years ago, I came across an image that I fell in love with. It depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe, not as she usually is shown, but in profile in front of an open window. A starry night sky sparkles over a dark desert. Mary is kneeling, …

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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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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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It’s almost October, and in my planning for classes, this is when I prep for my students to learn about Saint Gianna and for my 8th grade students to begin researching and learning the lives of the saints they will perform on All Saints Day. You can read more about that here. While my enthusiasm …

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Our annual middle school retreat was a huge success! While I have so many amazing things to share about it, first I wanted to post the talk I gave on St. Therese’s little way of holiness. She was the patron and theme for our day and it was such a wonderful time of prayer, sharing …

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When I first moved to the Northwest, I was an idealistic 21 year old fresh out of a huge state school with a vibrant campus ministry. Before that I had attended 13 years of Catholic school in a VERY traditional religious community, and I also came from a family that prayed often at home and …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on a book title and purchase a book using my link, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for following along with my summer spirituality series. This will be the last post in the series, so it’s just a recap …

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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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