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Okay...so this may seem like a strange one, but it certainly is a unique way of showing that we have to discern our Lenten sacrifices carefully! :) Loosely based on popular bulletin mistakes, this video should bring home the idea to prayerfully plan for Lent, or the consequences could be "enlightening!"
I hope you are having a blessed Lent!
It's Ash Wednesday!! How do you feel now that Lent is here?
Personally, I have been actually looking forward to this time of repentence and sacrifice. Lent is one of the few times a year that I find I am able to respond to the outpouring of His grace enough to be able to die to myself more often and follow a stricter code of discipline. By the time Easter arrives, I am a better version of myself. I am happier, calmer, healthier, and closer to my Lord.
Knowing this, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly I then tend to lose that better version as Ordinary Time takes over. It has honestly become a perplexing mystery to me.
Frequent reflection on pondering this mystery has brought some things to light, however, and one of them is this: God's grace mixed with the wisdom of the Church is basically a superpower. It's not a deep statement, I know. But, in my opinion, it is more than just a "fun" statement...it is fact. The saints ackowledged and demonstrated this superpower daily. Their outstanding examples reveal a superpower that is available to us at all times, not just during Lent. Still, it seems that many of us tend to find it easier to access it during this period dedicated to repentance and sacrifice.
I pray that this Lent we all tap into this superpower! Let's follow the Church's guidance for Lent and mix it with a heaping waterfall-full of grace and see what happens!
The kids will be attempting to do this in one way by participating in #vLent this year...take a look and see what the Lenten future holds for the channel!
Let the Lenten journey begin! :)
Wow....words cannot express our gratitude to all of you who are helping us build up the Kingdom of God through our YouTube channel!! We were stunned to gain another 100 subscribers in the past 5 months, without paying for the ads, etc. that normally is needed to increase subscriber base on YouTube in our challenging Catholic niche. I guess God wants us to keep it up, because even though life is so crazy, He keeps telling us that we need to keep participating in His plan in this way.
And, the "proof is in the pudding," so to speak, because with your support and prayers the channel continues to grow. I honestly can't wait to see what He has planned.
We recently sat down to get a schedule in place for Lent, and we are excited to get some of these videos done! :)
We hope you enjoy this video that the kids put together. It not only features a speed version of a Q & A session to get to know them better, but it includes live footage of when they actually watched the subscriber count roll over to 400...amazing!
May God bless you for continuing to bring His light to the world in your own neck of the woods. Thank YOU for helping us to spread this light as well!
We know that there are several wonderful rosary videos out there that we are blessed to be able to use when needed. So why would we create another one? Well, it is actually in response to not only the needs of our own family, but to those of some of our viewers as well! Our approach was decidedly unique: create a Rosary meditation experience for the family that includes sight and sound, incorporating both younger and adult voices. This rosary is meant to be a contemplative experience, displaying beatiful, historical art and accompanied by meditative music. It also teaches the virtue for each corresponding decade, which is explained further in a short reflection before each decade is prayed.
We truly hope you will enjoy this beautiful experience. May Mary continue to lead us closer to her Son!
Our Lady is known to us by so many beautiful names that reveal her relationship to us and to her Son. A beautiful example of one of these is a perfect one for this time of year - Our Lady of Mercy. We are so excited at the suggestion by one of our viewers to create this reflection of her into a charm! We hope you enjoy creating this adorable charm that reminds us of her mercy! :)
Well...did you miss my posts? It has been a while! Life got a bit over-the-top! :)
Add to that a two-week hiatus to get away and reconnect as a family, and unfortunately we left you with a substantially long gap in posts.
However...we're back! (as explained in the video below...) And, although life is still crazy, we are hoping to get back to some semblence of regular posting and video uploading. Thanks for hanging in there and not giving up on us!
May God bless you as you continue to persevere in spreading His kingdom here on earth!
We know that you have plenty going on during these last hours prepping for Christmas celebrations, but we wanted to give you a moment of respite either during this time or after the celebrations have passed. Justina took great suggestions from viewers and created a deeply meditative experience of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary that calms sight and sound. Included is the associated virtue and a short guiding reflection per decade to help us focus and take in what each is about.
Our prayer is that you can take some time to sit quietly with this video and let it guide you through the Joyful Mysteries in a new way that will help bring to life the beauty of the greatest birth in history!
Have a truly Blessed Christmas!!!
So, what good is having your dad involved with a Christmas Light Park if you can't make it a part of your YouTube channel? 😁 Here is a really unique video that "shines a light" on the REAL reason for the season. Thank you to our awesome special guests: Santa Clause, Mr. Miraglia, Mr. Nagy, Mr. Dave, Deputy Reynolds, and Classic Kettle Corn for their truly "enlightening" responses to our reporter, John Joseph!!
Hope you are having a truly blessed Advent!!
Wow...has it been a while! Life has been running at a freight train speed lately, so we have been unable to create any videos until now. (Which is a shame, because we had so many good videos planned for Advent) :(
So, we WILL attempt to make up for this. Today's video is a beautiful compilation of highlights taken at Julia's concert at Franciscan University. The concert was an Advent presentation that took us through Old Testament through Jesus' birth through beautiful music sung by the Schola at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Unbeknownst to Julia, we decided to film highlights since it would make a PERFECT video for this time of year. The concert actually began with a beautiful a cappella solo by Julia, but I didn't want to embarrass her (she doesn't like attention), so I didn't include it. (Although this decision was sooo hard to make!) :)
I hope you can enjoy these highlights and that they help support your spirit of Advent.
May your Advent be fruitful and blessed!!
The season is approaching quickly...when we celebrate the arrival of the Light of the World into this time and space that we call life! In His own words, Jesus commissioned us to carry on that beacon and become lights to the world as well: lights that will dispel the darkness and make the way straight back to Him.
How perfect is it that some amazing young ladies would choose this time to present to you their incredible efforts and work in reminding us to be that light? American Heritage Girls Troop 0818 have been working for months creating the storyboard, practicing, recording the audio and then acting in the filming of a new song, aptly titled Light to the World. We hope you enjoy the product of all of their effort.
May it remind each of us to take seriously our call to be a LIGHT in a world that so desperately needs it!! God bless you, and feel free to leave a comment of encouragement for the girls in the comment section of the video...they would love it!! :)
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