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  • We Are God's Cats. Let's Be His Dogs.

    by Tom Hoopes

    I have a theory: God gave us cats to show us the stupid ways we act toward him, and God gave us dogs to demonstrate how he really wants us to treat him.   My whole life long, I have been a cat person. I was heavily influenced by my cat-person … read more

  • 20 Ways to Teach Children to Pray

    by Nancy Flanders

    The single most powerful thing Catholic parents can do for their children is teach them to pray. Depending on the child, this may be an easy or difficult task. By teaching your children to pray, you give them the opportunity for a close relationship … read more

  • A Summer Prayer and Blessing

    by RTJ's Creative Catechist staff

    A Summer PrayerLong warm days...The pace of life slows...A time for picnics and rest in the shade...Lord, help me to rest awhilein the cooling shade of your presence.Slow down my restless heart and fill mewith gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.- Author unknown… read more

  • Live as people of the covenant

    by Joseph Gunn

    Some years ago, traveling in Guatemala, I was asked by the Sisters of St. Joseph to take some young people on an outing. Piling as many as could fit into an old Volkswagen Beetle, we had a wonderful afternoon. When the heat and humidity became unbearable… read more

  • Praying with the Marianists

    by Brother Stephen Glodek, SM

    During the chaos of the French Revolution, when Catholicism was under attack, a resourceful priest named Father William Joseph Chaminade found a clever way to bring Mass to the people. Disguised as a tin­ker, he would go with his wares, search out Catholic… read more

  • New prayers, same Mass

    by Mitch Finley

    Changing the prayers of the Mass is not something Catholics take lightly. Parishes throughout the English-speaking world are now in the process of coming to grips with a new translation of those very prayers. In 2009, after several years of work, the… read more

  • More Praying With Mary

    by Bill Dodds

    There’s a comfort in rhythm. We experience it from the time we’re gently rocked in our mother’s arms until we find ourselves — so many years later — rocking an infant two or even three generations younger than we are. &… read more

  • Keeping the faith at college

    by Dan Connors

    I remember walking across the campus that Sunday morning, asking God to forgive me for what I was about to do. I had been wrestling with my conscience and praying for courage ever since leaving Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas chapel. But, alas, it wouldn&… read more

  • Making the Sign of the Cross

    by D.D. Emmons

    Among the most universal and public of all Catholic prayers is the Sign of the Cross. Walk into a Catholic church anywhere in the world, and you will see all who enter signing themselves; sit down for a meal in a Catholic home, and the prayer before … read more

  • Read the Bible? Me?

    by Alice Camille

    How many words does it take to change your life? For most of us, it depends on which words we may be waiting for. “Marry me!” “I forgive you.” “You have talent, kid.” “The test results look good.” One thing… read more

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