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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!!
Well, Divine Mercy Sunday has come upon us! Were you able to enjoy this amazing day that reminds us of how much love and mercy our Great Lord has for each of us?
At times when others have asked the question: "What is Divine Mercy Sunday?", I have found it a bit difficult to put the enormity of this feast into a nutshell. So, the girls came up with a quick video that attempts to do just that. Filled with facts (including one that may surprise you) and some really great links, we hope this video will help you, your kids and teens to be better equipped to answer this question and spread its devotion!
Happy Feast of Divine Mercy!!!
God bless all of you and your support for clean, Catholic content - both on our blog and in our videos! We whole-heartedly pray that you had a truly BLESSED Easter, filled with celebration with friends and family.
Here is a message from us to you, with updates on our new schedule included!
Well, the Triduum is here! Holy Thursday begins tonight! I hope you are able to get to one of the amazing Masses of which we are so blessed to be able to take advantage.
Since tomorrow is Good Friday, we want to maintain the focus on Jesus, so we will not be uploading a video. This being the case, TODAY is our LAST #vLent video!!!
This one discusses Good Friday and offers a link to another one of our previous videos that many have loved to use to prepare and "live" these next few days.
Hint: It's perfect for families!
Our prayer here at Catholic Conundrum is that Jesus is revealed to you in a special way this Triduum and Easter and that you are truly brought closer to His heart.
May your own Holy Week journey bring you closer to the glory He has waiting for you in heaven!!!
Easter is almost here!!! My family seriously can't wait!
We wanted to do one more craft to get ready for the "big day," and we fell in love with this idea. We weren't sure how well they would turn out, but we were thrilled with the results! (Actually, these look even better in person!)
They are so easy that kids can do them with the help of an adult (when using the hairdryer), but have the potential of yielding professional results for those of us who happen to be "older" kids.
We HIGHLY recommend trying your hand at these beautiful candles that serve very well as gifts and decorations alike!
May God bless you this Holy Week...Triduum starts tomorrow!!!
So, here's a new one: Pictionary with the theme of Holy Week!
Join members of Teen Take and Kid Korner as they face off for this unique challenge!
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