10 Ways to Prepare Your Children for Confession

It’s no secret that kids (and adults!) can often struggle with the Sacrament of Confession.

There’s something so difficult about saying your sins out loud.

But at the same time, there’s something so beautiful and freeing about it, too! And this is what we want to teach our kids.

When you confess your sins to the priest, he has the power to absolve you (in persona Christi), and your sins are gone forever! And that’s a joy we want our kids to know and love.

So here are ten ways to prepare your kids to make a good confession – with hope and peace, and without fear!

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When You Don’t Really Like God’s Plan for Your Life

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I don’t always like God’s plans for my life.

I don’t always accept or understand redemptive suffering.

Whenever I hear the story of the mother in 2 Maccabees who “encouraged one another [her 7 sons] to die nobly” I’m perplexed (2 Maccabees 7).

Whenever I hear the story of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a young boy of 13 who went into battle and was martyred for Christ, a part of my heart recoils (Holy Heroes Glory Story).

It’s hard for me to accept redemptive suffering in my life:

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Do You Know Why Names are Important?

A funny phrase popped into my head recently: “The Theology of a Name.”

You might be wondering what I mean by that… and I’m not sure I really know either!

But the bottom line is: names are important.

But why do I say the “theology” of a name, instead of just the “importance” of a name? Because God reveals himself to us by name. The Father, the First Person of the Trinity: “I am.” The Son, the Second person of the Blessed Trinity: “Jesus.”

The more I think about the beauty and importance and power of his name, the more I think God is teaching us something about how names reveal the identity of the one named, and how this applies to each of us.

And that’s what I want to dig into a little bit, today!

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Catholic Trivia – Marian Apparitions

Mother Mary is beloved by many Catholics.

Often, Catholics may find themselves drawn to a particular Marian apparition. They may be devoted to the message, the miracles, or the practices requested by Our Lady.

Do you have a favorite Marian apparition?

Do you have an apparition you want to know more about?

You’ve come to the right place! I have a fun game for you today to test your knowledge about Marian apparitions, and to learn something new!

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Catholic Trivia: Purgatory

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Today, we’re going to test your knowledge about Purgatory with 10 Catholic Trivia questions!!

Is Purgatory even a real thing, or was it something made up by the Catholic Church?

Can you find Purgatory in the Bible?

How can we help the souls in Purgatory?

Learn all this and more in this round of Catholic Trivia: Purgatory.

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How to Make Jesus (not TV) the Center of Your Home

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It seems like everyone has a TV as the focal point of their living room.

It’s either mounted on the wall or erected on a TV stand. The furniture is centered around it. Even home decor is organized to accent it.

But when I was a kid, my mom showed me there’s another way.

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Catholic Stocking Stuffers for all the People You Love

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Christmas stockings are our family’s favorite gift-giving tradition!

My kiddos, my husband, and I love the suspense and surprise of digging through our stockings to reveal tiny surprises and treats.

This year, I really want my Christmas shopping to be a blessing for my family and for the shops I’m buying from.

So I’m challenging myself to shop small Catholic businesses as much as possible!

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