Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

The fourth time Mary speaks in the Gospels is at the Wedding in Cana, which is found in John 2: 1-12. This is the only time that we can hear Mary speak in Jesus’s adult life and ministry, and I love the way the interchange goes between the two of them. The story is a …

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Right now, this third word of Mary in the Gospels is resonating strongly with me. After spending time in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, Mary and Joseph head back to Nazareth, only to realize that 12 year old Jesus is not with the travelling group. They make their way back to the temple, …

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When I teach the gospels to my seventh graders, we often make lists of the things that make each gospel distinct. For example, Matthew uses the literary form of midrash to show numerous connections between Jesus and the Old Testament promises God had made to the Israelites. Mark is the shortest gospel, and also all …

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It’s May! This is the month devoted to Mary in the church, so it only seems fitting to dedicate the blog posts this month to learning more about our Blessed Mother. As I’ve been developing teaching resources for distance learning, I’ve been trying to deepen my understanding of Mary: who she is and what she …

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“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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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. Thank you for supporting my ministry in Catholic education. I’ve written before about my small community of women who meet to study God’s word with me. While the …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click my link and purchase a book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. However, the link about Lectio Divina is just an explanation of what that means. I first bought Ponder last summer, but got side tracked in my attempts to …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on my link and purchase a book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Esther is another amazing study by Beth Moore. From the first time I was introduced to her studies in college, Beth Moore’s insight into scripture and her obvious …

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