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The Days of Christmas for the Year of Mercy

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The Days of Christmas for the Year of Mercy

My son has just completed a project for school. He was writing a creative essay for a contest on the topic of: “What Would Jesus Do This Christmas Season?” He and I sat together at our kitchen table and discussed the question in light of the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of…

Reconciliation Is About Lost Lambs Finding Jesus!

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Reconciliation Is About Lost Lambs Finding Jesus!

Many teachers and parents use the example of a lost sheep being found by the Good Shepherd in preparing children for First Reconciliation. The Finding Jesus! activity to enables young children to use the vivid imagery and story of the book, Little Lamb Finds Christmas, to prepare for First Reconciliation. Walking through the preparation process with Lemi the Lamb…

Little Lamb Finds Christmas Receives USA Best BOOK AWARD

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Little Lamb Finds Christmas Receives USA Best BOOK AWARD

LOS ANGELES – USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF THE 2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the 12th Annual USA Best Book Awards. Random House, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperOne, WW Norton, Harper Collins, William Morrow, Crown Business, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, American Cancer Society, The White House Historical Association…

We Need a Little Jesus in our Christmas Music!

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We Need a Little Jesus in our Christmas Music!

Each year most everyone enjoys getting into a little Christmas spirit somehow. But Jesus is becoming more and more conspicuously absent in the festive food, decor, and music celebrating Christmas in modern culture. Rather than lamenting the problem with bumper stickers reminding that Jesus is the reason for the season, I recommend we do something more festive….

Plan an Event With Author and Ministry Founder Cathy Gilmore

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Plan an Event With Author and Ministry Founder Cathy Gilmore

Children and adults enjoy Cathy’s presentations that are a down-to-earth dose of the divine. Her events offer a unique combination of insightful reflection and practical application. Per passion as a advocate for VIRTUE shines in everything she does. Look below to see some of the talks in which she offers spiritual encouragement to people of…

Stay Close to Baby Jesus for Christmas

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Stay Close to Baby Jesus for Christmas

Whispering, “Happy Birthday Jesus!” before even arising from bed on Christmas morning is a rich form of spiritual pretending that can bring a child’s prayer to life in a very special way. As I do school visits to read my story, Little Lamb Finds Christmas, I offer various activities after reading to help the children…

Finding Jesus! Prepare for Reconciliation Like a Little Lamb

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Finding Jesus! Prepare for Reconciliation Like a Little Lamb

Many Parents and teachers prepare children for Confession & Reconciliation by having the children imagine themselves as little lost lambs as part of their Examination of Conscience. The following activity enables a young child to cultivate a true sense of contrition for their sin, while also increasing their appreciation of the JOY that reconciliation with God…

Sing A Song For The Prince of Peace

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Sing A Song For The Prince of Peace

Below are the words to a song I created as a reflection on “The Peaceable Kingdom” described in the 11th Chapter of Isaiah.  I took one of my favorite songs, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” and adapted it to describe the love that that does miracles, at Christmas and always!  Jesus’ love brings peace…

This Christmas…Just Spend Time With the Baby

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This Christmas…Just Spend Time With the Baby

Many of us try to cultivate special traditions that bring deep meaning to the celebration of Christmas. Others just go with the flow of the holidays trying not to capsize under the rush. Some folks just give up on what seems to be so much effort that just creates expectations, stress and credit card debt. There…

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