Archive | Creative Moments RSS feed for this section

A Lenten Family Day

March 19, 2014

0 Comments

Cyndi from Louisville, KY, shares the following. Great job, Cyndi! Hi Joe Just wanted to share how our Sunday Religious Program has used one of your 40 ideas for Lent. We took the Declaration of Dependence you proposed for the class and expanded it to be for the entire program and all the families. At […]

Continue reading...

More About Meekness

June 7, 2013

6 Comments

Fifteenth century knight in tournament armor

Back when the Beatles were in business, they occasionally wrote songs that they themselves thought of as “throwaways,” meaning that they didn’t really think much of the songs themselves and yet, often these songs turned out to be hits, resonating with their fans. I have to admit that occasionally, I consider some of my posts […]

Continue reading...

Artistic Beauty Can Lead the Human Heart to God

May 15, 2013

0 Comments

Arts and Faith series

In a general audience in August, 2011, Pope Benedict spoke of the importance of art in the life of faith, saying that artistic beauty can lead the human heart to God. “Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God,” […]

Continue reading...

May Crowning Update

May 14, 2013

0 Comments

Last week, I posted about the beautiful Catholic tradition of May Crowning and my quest to find out how to either acquire or make a small “crown” for my backyard Mary Statue. As it turns out, the miniature floral crown that I ordered was WAY too mini! So, instead, I went to Michaels and found […]

Continue reading...

“Keystone” Habits – How Change (Conversion) Happens

May 10, 2013

3 Comments

Beyond the Catechist

In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg talks about how we form habits and how we can change them. He specifically describes habits that he refers to as “keystone habits,” explaining that “success doesn’t depend on getting every single thing right, but instead […]

Continue reading...

May Crowning Ideas

May 2, 2013

2 Comments

Here in Chicago, we endured a lot of April showers in order to enjoy the May flowers! Which, of course, means that it’s that time of the year for May Crownings! I posted a couple of years ago about May Crownings and encourage you to go back and take a look at that but I also […]

Continue reading...

Lenten Family Mission – Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish, Park Ridge, IL

March 20, 2013

2 Comments

This week, I have had the privilege of preaching a Lenten Family Mission at Mary, Seat of Wisdom parish in Park Ridge, IL, on the theme of the Mass (drawing from my book, Living the Mass). It has been an extraordinary experience of grace and I thank the good people of the parish for their […]

Continue reading...

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: A Sense of Direction

January 7, 2013

0 Comments

Ask all of your students to stand up and, on the count of three, to point north. Inevitably, there is some confusion…not all have their bearings! Explain that we can rely on a compass to help us get a sense of direction. Make a simple home-made compass. You will need a magnet, a sewing needle, […]

Continue reading...

40 Ideas for 40 Days: A Declaration of DEpendence

January 7, 2013

0 Comments

Lent is a time for us to declare our independence from sins that have been impinging on our freedom and to declare our DEpendence on God! Prepare your own “parchment” to use as a Declaration of DEpendence. Here is a picture of one I prepared next to a replica of the real thing.  Any sheet […]

Continue reading...

Sacraments Learning Stations at St. Gabriel’s in Riverdale, the Bronx

November 24, 2012

2 Comments

As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery so I am indeed flattered to learn that a parish in the Bronx – St. Gabriel – adapted my Sacraments of Initiation Learning Stations for use with their Family Faith Day, an intergenerational event. I’ll let MarieGwertzman, the Sacramental Coordinator, fill you in and then […]

Continue reading...