The Story of the Cross

Recently, I was asked by the folks at Loyola Press to share a “staff favorite” with regards to LP resources for families with young children. I chose to recommend The Story of the Cross. Here’s my little blurb about this excellent resource. Speaking of the Cross, last evening, the 8th graders put on the Living Stations and did a nice job. Three of my students had roles: the narrator, a Roman centurion, and crowd member. […]

What it Means to Pick Up Your Cross

I had the pleasure of attending an evening of reflection at the McDonough Chapel of Saint Xavier University last night to listen to Dr. Barbara Reid, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, Vice President, and Academic Dean at the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. Barbara did a wonderful job of helping us to reflect on the meaning of the Cross of Jesus, very appropriate for the Lenten season. She talked about how most people will respond to […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: "Magic" Cross

We are providing 40 activities in 40 days for catechists to use with their learners. This activity comes to us from a Web site titled “Magic” Cross Here’s how this activity is introduced/described: This is a simple and amazing way to make a cross that I learned when I was a child. There’s a grown-up version of this too, but it is omitted here. Most children will want to make many and show their […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: NOW Crosses

Today’s Lenten activity is an opportunity for catechists to remind young people of the message we heard on Ash Wednesday: “NOW is the acceptable time!” NOW CROSSES This activity can be found at It is an opportunity to echo the message we heard on Ash Wednesday:  “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation!” (2Cor 5:20-6:2)

The Cross – Our Trophy

For my session tonight, I’m bringing in the one and only trophy I ever won in my life: a 2nd place trophy for floor hockey, earned when I was in junior high. My brother John and I ventured over to the Boys’ Club in our neighborhood and joined a team there and went all the way to the finals, coming up just a little bit short. The little 10-inch trophy stands proudly in my basement […]

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