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Looking for a super easy, yet beautiful Lenten craft? How about one that daily reminds you of the effect that our daily sacrificing is doing to our souls?
If so, you've got to try this unique craft idea! Making homemade Lenten soap can be a wonderful addition to your Lenten practices, and a great family activity. When you watch the video, however, be sure to stay tuned to the end! We have provided some hard-learned tips to make your project a little easier!
Lent should be an amazing time of self-discovery, deeper spiritual fruits, and associating ourselves more closely with our Savior.
BUT...there are times when our concupiscence gets in the way!!
Here is a cute video that shows us how we shouldn't act during Lent. Do any of the scenarios carry any vague familiarity??
Please ignore a few audio issues with the video. We realized during editing that one of our connections between the mic and the camera must have been loose because there was a lovely high-pitched noise that rudely intruded the scene! We did our best with our editing tools to lower it, but the quality of the audio does suffer for it.
God be with all of you!!!
Here is our intro video, explaining our contributions to the vLent YouTube initiative!
And, it has the added bonus feature of an added tribute to St. Valentine as well!
PLEASE subscribe to our channel if you can. We really want to show YouTube that Catholic kid content is a real need and wanted commodity! :)
Anyone getting ready for crafting and creating for St. Valentine's Day yet? What are your plans for the unique timing of St. Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday next week?
We thought we would give you an edge by showing you how to make this absolutely adorable charm. (And it's even cuter in person!)
Although we don't know a tremendous amount about him, St. Valentine's incredible devotion to Christian love and marriage has left its mark on the world. Despite all odds, his legacy has lived on as an amazing example of defending true love the way that God intended.
We hope you enjoy making this fun and easy charm as you prepare for his beautiful feastday. God bless you and happy creating!
"Go out and spread the Gospel!"
"Be a light to the world!"
We here at Catholic Conundrum have used these popular phrases more times than I can count. Now, however, we have decided to "put our money where our mouth is."
This Lent, the Glaze family at That Catholic Couple YouTube Channel and Joe McClane at The Catholic Hack channel have developed an initiative to "saturate" YouTube with Catholic Christian content this Lent, terming it VLENT. And guess what? We have decided to join them!
The initiative requests that YouTubers upload as many videos as possible for the 40 days of Lent. At first we were a bit stymied as to how to find the time to accomplish such a feat, but after prayer and asking for some divine intervention, we have put together a plan that should aid us in doing just that. So, be prepared to be on the lookout for Vlogs, clay videos, craft videos and other videos that God has planned for us to do! Our goal is to upload 5 videos per week.
Please pray for all involved with this initiative. Making YouTube videos takes much more time than it appears, and for those who do it as a ministry (like us), it can be hard to balance the time needed with the normal pace of life. However, we feel it is a unique and worthy investment, since there can be no greater cause than to bring Christ to the world!
May God continue to equip each of us as we work towards serving Him each day!
Childhood and teenagerhood can be quite dicey - to put it bluntly. Today, my daughter was put in the position to have to listen to a 12 year-old talk about things that even an adult shouldn't be exposed to, and she found herself quite traumatized. Thankfully, we have worked hard to keep open communication a priority in our family, and she felt safe enough to come to me, even in her discomfort.
Still, my mother's heart broke to witness her suffering, and I longed to "make it better." Having gone through similar situations with my older teens, I have learned well that these situations are an inevitable part of life, and, although certainly painful, they are still able to offer valuable lessons to be learned. We hashed through her feelings, finally getting down to the bottom line: she had experienced an unwilling confrontation with evil, resulting with feelings of violation and fear. In other words, the devil had had his way again.
Any Christian should understand these feelings well. As my daughter and I discussed, these feelings actually mean that our consciences are well-formed and sensitive to the dealings of the devil. They also hopefully demonstrate that we have not been over-exposed to his violations of us to the point that we have become desensitized to their effects on our souls, hearts and minds.
As she expressed her thoughts, she found herself longing to be with her best friend because "she would never talk about or even think about such horrible things. I know she is a good Catholic girl who just wants to love God and do the right things." I couldn't help but nod and smile. I knew that she was really longing for purity and freedom from her perceived defilement. Like all Christians having been confronted with evil in their own lives, I could certainly understand that longing.
That desire for purity and freedom in perfect good is one of the proofs scientists use for the "hard-wired for God" theory - a theory that many feel is proof positive for the existence of God. Only God is 100 percent perfect good, filled with complete purity. And, only He can purify our minds, hearts and souls, offering us the ability to be freed from the pain of sinful enslavement and exposure. There is no substitute on earth for this freedom.
Like my daughter has been reminded, the devil is always working, trying his best to destroy our joy in Christ and pull us away from His perfection and purity. When he succeeds in his attempts, let us minimize his success. Let us get help from the right people, and go straight to the Creator of Purity itself. Not only will we find relief, but the devil will have lost another battle. We can't go wrong with that, right?
May God be with us as we continue to endeavor to bring His kingdom to the world!
A friend of mine has recently started a business to help others declutter and organize their homes and their lives. A perfect nitch for her, she has proven a master in her advice, offering life-changing tips that seem to stem from both the Franciscan and Minimalist viewpoints. Perhaps because she approaches this business with a sense of ministry, her genuine care of others as she offers direction is inspiring and uplifting.
When one considers looking at life in this way, living these principles exceeds and affects far more than just our physical dwelling. In truth, decluttering the physical world around us declutters our mind as well...and a decluttered mind is an amazing thing.
So many of us long for focus and crave clarity. Not only would this help us in functioning on a day-to-day basis, but our spiritual lives would change exponentially. There are so many products available on the market that promise to assist in promoting that clarity and focus. Many, especially in the natural form the way God intended, are successful in delivering on that promise. Still, if we were willing to "get down to brass tacks," we would be remiss if we didn't admit that no matter how many remedies we take and how much we have naturalized our diets, our focus and clarity will continue to be off until we have decluttered our lives to the point that our spiritual life is healthy. (In case any eyebrows went up during that last statement, please understand that I fully support and urge everyone to work towards a diet that is healthy and full of the goodness that God created, as well as to fully acknowledge the use of the natural remedies He has given us, including herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, etc!) :)
The point that I am trying to make is that our physical and spiritual lives are linked more closely than we sometimes want to admit. By working on decluttering our lives, rooting out the things that we don't necessarily need, and focusing on the things that we do, we find that our real priorities come to light, often in a surprising way. Understanding the way that our brains prioritize in reality offers much insight and can greatly assist us in making changes that can improve our clarity and focus, allowing us to develop a spiritual life that can take us to levels of depth that we could have never predicted.
As we continue on in this "Extra-ordinary" Time, let's take some time out of each day, even if it is only 10 minutes, to attempt to declutter our physical lives around us. May God bless us in this effort and remind us that, in the end, all we really need is Him.
God be with you!
She's back!!! We have received more requests for another Super Peculiar Scripture Girl video than most of our other videos. So...here it is!
Even with the limitations of Imovie and the recent extremely disappointing changes on YouTube, we felt we that just had to do this video.
Enjoy looking at scripture like you never have before...
And yes, if you are wondering (and translations taken into consideration!), these are REAL scripture verses! :)
If you know some crazy verses that we should use in another video, feel free to let us know.
God be with you!
Well, we're back to Ordinary Time. This year, of course, Ordinary Time is short, since Ash Wednesday falls on St. Valentine's Day. After coming down from the spiritual high from Christmas, this period of "in between" can seem unappealing, and even downright boring. We may find our humanness kicking in, searching for the next high, convinced that it can't be achieved during the time of "green."
There is a trick we can follow, however, to keep Ordinary Time a bit more interesting, and this trick is pretty simple. All we need to do is to go straight to our Catholic calendar. Feastdays abound during the seasons of Ordinary Time, and are amazing treasures of inspiration, joy and intellectual stimulation if we are willing to take the time to notice them. There are countless wonderful sites online that can guide us: Catholic Online, Franciscanmedia.org, CatholicSaints.info, etc.
Many parishes offer a Church calendar for their parishioners that serve as a great guide to the "saint of the day." Although the calendars do not have enough room to provide a saint's story, the internet makes it beyond easy to find it quickly ourselves, serving as a daily injection of spiritual inspiration, wisdom, and affirmation. There are also countless books that provide the daily saint and story as well.
As we go out and about our lives during this Ordinary Time, let's not be confined to the limited definition that the word "ordinary" implies. It is up to us to make this time extraordinary. One way we can do this is by taking note of the daily feastdays of the saints and be willing to apply any lesson learned to our lives. In doing this we will come to recognize that the stories of the saints are gems, waiting to be observed, each reflecting the love, joy, and peace of ordinary people living extraordinary lives of service to the Lord they love and adore.
To help prove my point, you may want to take a look at St. Anthony the Abbot, whose feastday is Wed. Not to give anything away, I will only say that his is a story certainly worth looking at, portraying one who built his life with the intention of "becoming," while persevering to a degree that is rarely seen today.
God bless you as you go forth during this time of "ordinary green." May your soul grow as you unearth each daily gem and become closer to the saint you were called to be!
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May your Lent be truly fruitful and fill you with longing for His Resurrection!
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