Mary Undoer of Knots

By |2020-09-15T15:32:17+10:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Mary & the Saints, Rituals & Prayer, September|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It was time to call in the big guns‚ÄĒMary, the mother of God, and some industrious cherubs. I‚Äôd been wrestling with several impossible problems. Talk therapy worked to a degree. But certain issues are beyond copays and conversation. As a manager, I distributed work to capable employees, and I now imagined turning my personal issues

Immaculate Conception

By |2018-11-23T14:57:07+10:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , |

Many people confuse the Immaculate Conception with Jesus‚Äô conception (which is called a virgin conception or virgin birth). The Immaculate Conception, in fact, refers to Mary‚Äôs conception in the womb of her mother (Anne). However, unlike regular conceptions, Mary was conceived without sin (that‚Äôs the ‚Äėimmaculate‚Äô part) due to the intervention by God that protected

King of Kings

By |2020-03-31T10:47:34+10:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Articles, Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The word: Pilate asked Jesus, ‚ÄúAre you the King of the Jews?‚ÄĚ Jesus said, ‚ÄúMy kingdom does not belong to this world; if it did, my followers would fight to keep me from being taken by the authorities. You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this

Lectio Divina

By |2020-07-10T15:19:34+10:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Ordinary Time, Rituals & Prayer, vox dei|Tags: , , , , , |

Lection Divina is an ancient and powerful way of praying with scripture. It is so simple that it can be used every day. Yet it is also powerful, drawing forth deep riches from The Word of God. Following five steps, preparing, listening, reflecting, responding and acting on The Word, this prayer is like a dialogue

St Therese of Lisieux: Living Faith Beads

By |2018-09-25T11:54:23+10:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Craft, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

St Therese of Lisieux, also called The Little Flower, was known for her simple yet profound faith. She reportedly carried a string of ten beads in her pocket as a means of counting the good deeds that she would perform as a daily devotion to God. St Therese's devotions and spirituality became so popular, she

A Blessing for your Home

By |2018-07-12T15:21:33+10:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |

The home is the place where we learn to love. It is in our homes that our children are first introduced to love; in our homes where husbands and wives most profoundly model sacramental love; in our homes where we learn and practice forgiveness, compassion, encouragement, humility, trust....for more, check out this article from CathFamily. Materials: Holy Water Holy Family Image

Emotional Literacy

By |2018-06-22T11:42:43+10:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Emotional Intelligence is widely recognised as important for human flourishing. It includes: the ability to identify and appropriately express one’s emotions, the ability to manage and self-regulate negative emotions, and the ability to empathise with others’ emotional state. While people will be gifted to different degrees with Emotional Intelligence (EQ), like all intelligences, we can

Epiphany Prayer Service

By |2018-12-17T08:37:33+10:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A short and sweet prayer service that introduces children to the meaning of the wise men’s visit to Jesus. Materials Epiphany gift box and gifts (download instructions below) Candle CathFamily Epiphany Prayer Cards (download below) Instructions Light the candle and make the Sign of the Cross Read: The story of the wise men in Matthew

Epiphany Gift Box

By |2018-01-03T05:38:43+10:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Activities, Craft, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Around Christmastime young children will be love making this gift box containing beautiful and fragrant materials representing the wise men’s gifts for Jesus; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then use the box in our Feast of the Epiphany prayer service in early January. We purchased some of these materials, but it will work just as well

What to Keep Checklist

By |2016-02-29T00:32:39+10:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When deciding what stays and what goes you might want to consider the following: Prayer and reflection. Does your family have a place for quiet, spiritually nourishing reading, watching or listening, or prayer? A comfortable chair or beanbag with a nice outlook near a prayer space, family altar or in a quiet corner is ideal.