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Wow...has May ever been busy!! But, we were FINALLY able to get this video filmed, scripted, voice-overed and edited. Take a look at some bits of the life of this awesome saint, featuring the adorable kitten, Teddy, and his sisters and brothers!
Ever wonder how Mother's Day started?
Well, here is a super quick history, fun facts included! Also, see how it corresponds to a very special feast day this year...creating an extra-special DIVINE Mother's Day!
Who knew that trying to make a short video snippet on a saint with kittens as the star performers could be so challenging!!! :)
However, you just can't go wrong with a combination of kittens and saints! Check out this VERY condensed version of some "snippets" of the life of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
The kittens are adorable, and, although they decided to follow their own version of the script, they did perform a wonderful depiction of this amazing great (and little!) saint! :)
What do you get when you mix kittens with saint stories? Our new mini-series!
Introducing... Kitty Tails: Saint Snippets!
Each short video will give a snippet of a saint's life starring adorable foster kittens. Since we don't necessarily stage the kittens, we allow them to move and play freely in a cute environment and attempt to create a script around it. Talk about relying on the Holy Spirit! :)
We hope you enjoy this intro to this adorable new series!!
At a viewer's request, Justina created this absolutely ADORABLE charm on Our Lady of Guadalupe! This one was a real challenge because her famous image has so many detailed elements to it. Because each one has such important significance, it is hard to figure out which elements to choose that would maintain the simplicity of the charm (and physically be possible for such a miniature object!).
So, we would love it if you would check it out! In this case, the back of the charm is just as adorable as the front, although I don't want to give too much away. :)
God bless all of you!
Exciting moment on the channel! We were blessed to be able to interview Fr. Jay McPhillips on his new book, "Let Me Tell You About My Son!"
"Living here is a stage, Mom."
I looked curiously at my 9-year old guy. Although he does well academically, I couldn't imagine he had been reading Shakespeare!
"Really? What do you mean?"
"Well, actually, I think we have three stages. One here, then in purgatory…hopefully that one is short...and then a really long one in heaven."
"Wow! That's some pretty deep thinking!" said I.
"Yeah. And we do different things on each stage."
And, with that statement, he literally bounded off to the next room, leaving me hanging in silence.
Of course, we all know that life really is like a stage. We, as the actors, play many roles on it. Although the venue changes, as my son said so eloquently, we still traipse through each one the best we can. Or do we?
I debuted as a newbie, playing the role of a helpless human at the mercy of others around me. This debut was comprised of several roles: daughter, granddaughter, cousin, niece...they each pulled out of me new skills that I needed to gain in order to progress into my later roles as sister (several times over), friend, student, neighbor, etc. With each filled role, my parts to play on the stage of life continued to unfold into deeper and more meaningful ones as I progressed into those of wife, in-law, and mother. Each part prepared me for the next, layers folding over each other in a drama that could have only been written by a Master Writer. But did I play each role to the best of my ability?
In truth, I would have to respond with 'no.' This answer then begs the next question: What would have happened to the script had I done so?
Undoubtedly, much of the narrative would have changed.
Playing my roles to the best of my ability would signify that I had put on Oscar-winning performances. However, from heaven's point of view, my performances have often been much less than stellar, rightfully earning a perfect target spot for thrown tomatoes and fruits.
Had I always performed my best, the tone of the entire play would have changed dramatically. Peace instead of friction, smiles instead of tears would have been constant features. A viewer watching it from afar would have been uplifted and inspired.
How often had my performances produced the opposite?
Thankfully, in a great act of mercy and dedication to the Divine Narrative, my play has not yet ended. I do not know how many more acts I have yet to finish, how many parts are still left for me to play. But, I have time yet to attempt to do my best, to allow grace itself to grace the stage. Hopefully, fewer rotten tomatoes will come my way.
After all, it is all up to me.
As we continue to perform our various roles on the stage of life, let's take a moment to identify the roles we play and evaluate their success. Despite the fact that we are never at a loss for comparisons, let's remember to compare to only this: the example of the most Oscar-winning performance of all time - the life of Jesus Christ. The closer our roles parallel His, the closer we are to accepting our dream role on the eternal stage awaiting us.
Happy Feastday of St. Bernadette!! In honor of her, we have put together a unique video demonstrating natural science and part of her story when Our Lady appeared to her in Lourdes. This is a great video for the kids!! (With a super easy experiment too!)
As God's creations, we tend to have a copious amount of our own versions of the image of God. However, God, as the Creator of the Universe, can't be pinned down to just one image. Still, as humans, we have a tendancy to fall into this (another after-effect of the Fall of Man) and do just that.
Scripture shows us Who God is, with all of His many aspects. And, although sometimes our versions of God's image are extreme and limited, there is often a bit of truth in each image that can be applied to Him. This short video is an "over the top" example of some of our human take-aways of God. Our hope with this video is that it will get each of us to contemplate our own image of God and motivate us to research the truth through Scripture and the Church's teachings.
Bottom line? We will get to know Him more fully!!
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He is Risen!!!!
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