A Grandparent's Role in Passing on the Faith

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We called him Pappas.

He was my dad’s dad. A father of 13 children and 30-something grandchildren.

He used to walk every day.

It was a heavy-footed, sometimes labored, stomp. Head down, determined, dedicated. Round and round his indoor pool when the weather was bad, or around the lake when the sun was shining.

And in his hands, he held his “beads.”

His Rosary beads.

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An Introduction to the Theological and Cardinal Virtues

Virtues are the building blocks of a holy life. They’re the characteristics of how our relationship with Jesus is played out daily.

Virtue is tied up in our spiritual life.

So, don’t try to be virtuous for the sake of self-improvement.

Instead, try to practice virtue for the sake of growing closer to Christ, for the sake of being more like Him, whom we’re made in the image of.

“The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”

– CCC 1803 quoting St. Gregory of Nyssa

Here’s the deal… I’m not a pro at virtue. I love studying them because I desire so much to grow in them.

So today, I’m going to introduce you to each of the theological and cardinal virtues, but I’m also going to draw on the wisdom of other bloggers who’ve been so amazing to share their knowledge and experience with us!

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Play Now! Catholic Trivia: Sacred Art {Interactive Quiz}

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

The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of Sacred Art.

What is art? Why is Sacred art not idolatry? Who is responsible for the promotion of Sacred Art?

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

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Mom's Tips for the Sick Season

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We just had a run with some sort of stomach bug. Thankfully, it was of the quick variety. 12 hours and done.

Unfortunately, it was of the violent kind. I was up with kids every half hour through the night.

My brain is tired, and since I don’t have any deep theological thoughts right now – I thought I’d just share all the practical tips I’ve been revisiting in the last few days.

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Catholic Trivia: Sacramentals {Interactive Quiz}

Sacraments and Sacramentals are not the same thing.

The 7 Sacraments are instituted by Christ to confer his grace to the members of the Catholic Church.

Sacramentals are something different – though related to the Sacraments!

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

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What is Veiling Really All About?

This post is sponsored by Tami and Love to Veil. I reached out to her, and she sent me a gorgeous veil in exchange for an honest review.

For the longest time, I didn’t veil.

I never felt called, attracted, or even pressured into veiling.

And I even grew up in a parish where I was exposed to veiling. It wasn’t necessarily the mainstream, but you could expect to see a few women and children wearing veils at Mass.

But then something changed.

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Bring the Faith to Life Through Holy Coloring

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When I was a kid, my mom used to read us stories of the Saints while we colored in our “holy” coloring books.

I attended public school with my siblings, so I know that my mom felt an urgency to make the Faith a strong and positive aspect of our home life.

Our holy coloring routine was how she helped us settle down and find peace in immersing ourselves in beautiful images and stories of the Faith before we went to bed at night.

I remember this as happy times, peaceful times. It’s a memory of love and beauty and truth.

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