July 30-August 5: 17th Week of Ordinary Time
St. Ignatius of Loyola + Alphonsus Liguori + St. Peter Faber + St. John Vianney + St. Nonna
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6 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
1. Build out your Catholic library. We asked dozens of Catholic parents for the books they recommend to other parents to help raise kids in the faith. From picture books to faith formation and parenting advice books, here’s what they think should be on your shelf.
2. Sell everything you have. In Sunday’s readings, that’s what people do when they find a great treasure. Get a family-friendly reflection and questions for your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
3. Visit Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood. Sure, shows for preschoolers can be annoying…but Adrienne Thorne is willing to put up with them when they deliver important lessons for kids, and that’s the case with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Adrienne will give you all the pros and cons…plus a few puzzling questions…in her latest review.
4. Mark the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The soldier-turned-saint has lots to teach us about how to pray…and how to put God first. It’s a great day to try Ignatian imaginative prayer with your kids, and to explain Ignatius’s first foundation and principle (scroll down to the heading, “All things are given to draw us to God”). And to round things out, read a children’s story about St. Ignatius at IgnatianSpirituality.com.
5. Get tips on praying with younger and older kids. The website CathFamily has an excellent article about persisting in praying with kids…as well as tips for praying with younger kids and older kids. Plus an excellent inspirational graphic to go with it!
6. Celebrate your next wedding anniversary as a birthday for your family. It’s a super-simple family tradition…here are some ideas for what to do, and why.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE
Over on our Facebook group, Peanut Butter & Grace Parents, we’re talking about NDP Awareness Week, including whether or not to teach our girls fertility awareness; plus, we’re evaluating a new proposal for a children’s chapter book, and an announcement about a grant for the sacred arts. It’s a closed group, so you’ll need to request to be added.
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SAINTS FOR YOUR KIDS TO KNOW & LOVE
St. Ignatius of Loyola (Monday). The soldier-turned-saint who founded the Society of Jesus and developed the Spiritual Exercises, along with other methods of prayer still practiced today.
St. Alphonsus Liguori (Tuesday). The bishop and Doctor of the Church best known for his practical approach to moral theology. He said: “Your God is ever beside you; indeed, He is even within you.”
St. Peter Faber (Thursday). One of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), he criss-crossed Europe urging priests and bishops to renew their vocation. He is one of Pope Francis’s favorite saints!
St. John Vianney (Friday). The priest who heard up to 100,000 confessions a year from people who came from all over the world. As a boy, John Vianney’s family had to sneak to Mass in secret places, and the windows were blacked out at his First Communion because the French Revolution had made the Catholic Church illegal. He said: “We will have to answer for why we did or didn’t give [to the poor], and the poor will have to answer for what they did with what is given them.”
St. Nonna (Saturday). The holy woman who prayed for the conversion of her pagan husband, who eventually became a bishop now known as St. Gregory Nazianzen. Three of her children also became saints.
Peanut Butter & Grace recommends families use Give Us This Day or another daily missal for daily readings, saint stories, and prayers. Give Us This Day is available at Amazon or directly from Liturgical Press. The app is available from your favorite app store.
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6)
- St. Dominic (August 8)
- St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9)
- St. Lawrence (August 10)
- St. Clare of Assisi (August 12)
- Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: SUPPORT FOR THE CHURCH IN EASTERN EUROPE
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe announced on Thursday that it had approved over $4.8 million in funding for 206 projects in 22 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
“As a family of faith, we stand with those who work tirelessly to build the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, who continue to face the challenge of overcoming decades of political and religious oppression,” said Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, “We look to those living in this region as an example of hope and perseverance and continue to support their efforts to renew their communities.”
Other recent statements on current social justice issues can be found at the website of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
“Take care, take care, not to close your heart to anyone.”
—St. Peter Faber
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I Can Be Happy, Too: A Book about Attitudes uses simple rhyme accompanied by Scripture verses and sweet, expressive illustrations, to teach children that while we can’t control the bad things that happen to us, we can control how we respond to disappointment and adversity.
Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss invites grieving mothers to let the Blessed Mother accompany them on their journey of grief and healing. Mary not only understands their loss, but wishes to bring mothers to healing through the saving work of her son. For each mystery of the rosary, author Heidi Indahl compassionately shares her own experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss, offering insights about how those losses are connected to the experience of Jesus and Mary as revealed by the mysteries of the rosary.
MISSION:CHRISTIAN June-July 2017 includes features on Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, St. Pierre Toussaint, St. Kateri Tekawitha, and more. A checklist of fun summer activities, plus “Christian missions,” Scripture readings, prayer prompts, and saint profiles for every day will keep your kids busy!
In the Realm of Mist and Mercy, our new YA fantasy/adventure novel with a Catholic heart and sensibility; it comes with an accompanying Lesson Plan book that helps parents and kids connect the story to teachings of the Catholic faith.
The Illuminated Rosary hardcover complete set. “I can lead the rosary now!” That’s what we hear kids saying when they have one of the Illuminated Rosary books in their laps. The words of the prayers are printed on every page, opposite a sacred artwork depicting the mystery of the rosary being said. Kids love these books, but so do adults and grandparents! Available in hardcover (allow extra time for shipping) or softcover sets.
The Stations of the Cross for Children. Here’s a downloadable PDF with sacred art depicting each of the Stations of the Cross, along with a simple reflection and prayer, geared for young children.
77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, now in hardcover from Dynamic Catholic; to celebrate, we’re offering hardcover copies for $12, about 50% off the cover price, while supplies last. Whether you are just getting started with family prayer or wish to broaden your horizons, 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids can help, offering practical, kid-friendly guides to Christian prayer practices both ancient and new. Features include: age-appropriate adaptations for young children, older kids, and teens; articles on a wide range of practices; Talking Points…explanations of prayer practices that kids might have questions about; cross-references to the Catechism, Scripture, and church documents; an appendix containing thirty-three common and useful Catholic prayers; a quick-find index makes it easy to find prayer ideas, and doubles as a checklist to track your progress.
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. In this book, Molly faces off against the dreaded plaid jumper that she’s going to have to wear when she starts school in the fall. Along with her new friends, Dominic and Fr. Matt, she learns all about uniforms and our true identity in God.
Paddy and the Wolves. Young Paddy can’t sit still during morning prayers, but he’s more than happy to help the shepherd, Barra, watch sheep for the day! But who will watch Paddy when he wanders into the woods? As he explores the wilderness of coastal Britain, Paddy encounters many delights and dangers—and ultimately, the One who watches over him through it all. Available as a hardcover or softcover storybook, or a coloring book with complete text; also available is a downloadable board game. Features the art of Catholic folk artist Jen Norton.
The Children’s Little Advent Book. The Children’s Little Advent Book is designed to help parents with children ages 4-7 on a journey through Advent to Christmas. Each day’s entry includes a brief Scripture reading, a reflection, discussion questions, a brief prayer, and a simple coloring page for children to complete after praying with their families. With The Children’s Little Advent Book, parents have an Advent resource specifically designed for short family prayer services with young children.
Corporal Works of Mercy Cards. Teach a lesson about the Works of Mercy with these downloadable cards and teaching guide.
Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi. “Make me an instrument of your peace.” The Peace Prayer of St. Francis, beloved by people of all faiths around the world, beautifully captures the spirit of “the poor little man” from Assisi, as well as the aspirations of our time: for hope, for reconciliation, for peace.
Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl. Little Thérèse Martin could be a very stubborn young girl. All too often, if someone wanted her to say “yes,” she wanted to say “no”! But then, as she is preparing for her First Communion, Thérèse discovers a way to turn her everyday trials and tribulations into something beautiful for Jesus. Join Thérèse (and her family) as she learns to “gather roses from amid thorns.” Available in hardcover and softcover editions.
La Florecita de Jesús: Una Parábola de Santa Teresita Del Niño Jesús. This is the Spanish-language edition of The Little Flower. La autora Becky Arganbright ha adoptado las enseñanzas de las orecitas de santa Teresita en esta encantadora parábola para niños. La joven Teresita aprende que aunque es pequeña, con la ayuda de Dios, su pequeñez puede ser una manera de hacer grandes cosas para Dios. La ilustradora Tracey Arvidson da vida a la joven Teresa Martín, y a sus ores en la parábola, con sus maravillosas ilustraciones.
Molly McBride and the Purple Habit. Meet Molly McBride! Molly loves her new purple habit — it’s just like the ones her friends, the Children of Mary Sisters, wear. She loves it so much, in fact, that she doesn’t want to take it off…not even for her sister’s big day! Join Molly and her wolf-pet Francis as they learn all about nuns, habits, and giving your heart to Jesus.
Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color. Here are fourteen lively two-minute stories to introduce young Catholics to some of the Church’s most beloved saints. Each story is accompanied by two coloring pages: a gorgeously detailed portrait of the saint, and a scene of the saint in action.
The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth. Is the process of giving birth a medical problem to be solved, a hurdle to be overcome on the way to motherhood . . . or is it something more? Could it be, as Susan Windley-Daoust proposes, that giving birth is a gift from God, laden with signs that speak to women about their identity, their calling, and their destiny? If so, then learning to read those embodied signs during pregnancy and labor could transform the way women experience childbirth. These signs reveal that God is not only powerfully present in the whole birthing process, but desires to actively work with women to bring forth new life.
Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux: An Introduction to Her Words and Wisdom. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux presents brief excerpts from Story of a Soul as a way of introducing those unfamiliar with Thérèse to some of the essential themes of her spirituality. The words of St. Thérèse are accompanied by the artwork of award-winning watercolorist Jeanine Crowe, a wonderful aid to prayerful meditation on the words and wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux includes twenty-one selections from the words of St. Thérèse, twenty artworks, and ten questions for reflection and discussion.
The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Liseux. Becky Arganbright has adapted St. Thérèse’s lesson of the little flowers into a delightful parable for children. The young Thérèse learns that even though she might be little, with God’s help, her littleness can be a way of doing great things for the Kingdom of God. Illustrator Tracey Arvidson brings the young Thérèse Martin (and the flowers of her parable) to life in gorgeous illustrations.
Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers. Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers contains thirty traditional Catholic prayers every child should have at hand, each accompanied by a beautiful, hand-drawn illustration to aid in prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the faith.
Sense of the Sacred: A Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Now, your child can follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. This book contains 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith.