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Summer is here, and it's time to dive deep! Deep into our faith, that is.
How much do you know about the charismatic gifts of miracles and faith?
Join us as we discuss these highly misunderstood gifts!
Then, tell us what you think about this first video in our new series about the charismatic gifts. We will have more coming! :)
Summer's here and it's time for hunting shells and lake/ocean treasures! However, this treasure hunt always leaves us with the question of what to do with our found objects. Well, here is a fantastic craft that truly celebrates all things sea life.
Recently, the Church celebrated the beautiful Feast of the Visitation. As I listened to the story again at Mass, the phrase "Jump for Joy" literally "jumped" out at me. This phrase, of course, is not the exact one used in most of our translations of scripture. But, for some reason, this was the phrase that bounced around in my head as we walked to our car after Mass.
John the Baptist "jumped for joy" when he entered into the presence of Christ as an unborn babe. As well, my guess is that his heart also jumped for joy when he first laid eyes upon the adult Christ at the river Jordan.
"Jumping for joy" seems to be held in high esteem throughout all of scripture. Examples are easy to find. King David was well-known for his open displays of affection and praise to the God he served, often jumping and singing. In Acts 3, the lame beggar was cured through Peter and immediately went about jumping and praising God. Luke openly exhorts us in his gospel to leap for joy! And, as most of us know, it takes little reading to find that the Psalms are also filled with countless mentions of jumping for joy.
In fact, references seemed to be all over the place! Clearly, this uninhibited joy is truly celebrated by the Author of scripture Himself, and He is pleased with it. Interestingly, if this is so, I find that it begs an important question.
Why am I not jumping for joy more often when I enter into His presence?
Obviously, there are many times when physically jumping up and down would not be appropriate and would actually be considered irreverent. But, physically controlling my actions should have little reflection on the jumping for joy that I should be experiencing in my heart!
'My Jesus, You are here!'
'I am in Your presence! You are truly here with me!'
These thoughts should cascade freely out of my heart whenever I come near Him. But, sadly, I realize that I am so often distracted by all that is going on around me, grounding my joy and arresting my thoughts of wonder and praise. I am ashamed to think of how often this occurs.
If an unborn baby has the wherewithal to "jump for joy" in the presence of the King of Kings, I most certainly should as well. Hopefully, this little one's small movement has created a much larger one in my heart.
As we reflect on scripture's approval and encouragement of "jumping for joy" in God's presence, may it stir in us the joy that lies deep within to produce an expression of it that may come ever closer to that which is more worthy of its intended Receiver. And may we be fully assured that He will be pleased beyond measure to witness us making that jump!
OK...I know that I often push the Catholic Conundrum channel videos (OK...so I always push them...but it's my job!)
But I seriously recommend this one. However, my recommendation comes with a hint: you have to stay tuned the whole way through, or you will miss some really great info as well as some cool graphics that the kids worked on. PLEASE pass this one on. Too many Catholics don't understand the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and this video throws a spin on it that may really open eyes and hearts!
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!
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