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St. Peter, Witness of the Resurrection

Shell from Thinking Love, No Twaddle blog has just completed a new 25 page Little Lesson on St. Peter, Witness of the Resurrection. It is ready for you to download now. This is a great Bible based lesson complete with text, images, lapbooking pieces, notebooking sheets and discussion prompts. It is a wonderful way to prepare for Easter. This is on my list for next week! :)


Lenten Surprise for our Facebook Followers (Closed)

(Contest is now finished)

There's a special Lenten Surprise waiting for our Facebook followers on our website! 

See what it is now! (who couldn't use one of these about now!)


Let This Lenten Maze Mix-up Your Mid-Week

Puzzles are a great way to learn about different subject topics while developing strategies and skills to increase one's problem-solving ability, but probably the best reason to do puzzles is because they are fun.   

For a little faith-filled mid-week fun tomorrow, why not have the kiddos give their problem-solving skills a workout with this beautiful Lenten maze that CeAnne at Sanctus Simplicitus just contributed?    This maze asks kids to help Jesus carry the cross to Easter Day. It is bright and very nice. It's just a quick way to mix up your Wednesday homeschooling lessons or CCD class!

Thank you so much, CeAnne, for sharing your creative talents with us all.  
 Blessings,   Kalei 

Do You Know Your Rites?

The question of knowledge of Rites of the Catholic Church is a very interesting one posed by Shell of Thinking Love, No Twaddle blog.  I must confess that I have much to learn in this department, and my guess is that many other Catholics do to. 

To help us become more familiar with the Rites and help us commit them to memory, Shell has created these little flashcards on the Rites of the Catholic Faith.  These can be used in any number of ways.

•Print them out and use them as standard flash cards.
•Print out two sets and use them to play matching games.
•Use two sets to play Go Fish style games.
•Call out one part and require the other player(s) to provide the corresponding info.
•Print out pieces, cut apart and place in a fish bowl or container.  Pull one card weekly, and look up the info as part of your religion or Faith lessons.  This could develope into a great family sharing time.

Thanks for this cute little printable, Shell.  You can see all of Shell's other contributions and creations from the Contirbutor section on our website. 


New Contributor Has Joined Our Website!

We are so happy to announce that Sanctus Simplicitus has offered to become one of our Catholic Contributors. She has graciously shared over forty beautiful (and very Catholic) resources with us, including file folder games, planning pages,... word searches and so much more. Come see all she has beautifully designed to help bring the Catholic faith into our lessons and homes.

Please feel free, and we even encourage you, to leave a comment on the download pages of the resources you like. This will help share the faith as well as the fantastic freebies lovingly shared, with others. Don't be shy. Encouragment is always needed and appreciated.

 Blessings, Kalei

25 Things I Learned from the Stations of the Cross and Another Lenten Resource for Children

Good Friday is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a day of sorrow, yes, but it is also the day that promises joy - that is why we call it good instead of sorrowful.  I also really like the Stations of the Cross, which focus on the events of Good Friday. 

During the season of Lent, many parishes come together weekly to reflect on the events of our Lord's Passion by praying the Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross) devotion. By traveling along the road to Calvary with our Blessed Mother in my heart, I came to realize 25 truths of life, motherhood and love from this powerful reflective prayer. Almost every reflection can be paired with a particular station, although they are listed in random order. 

I hope you find these thoughts and reflections helpful to you in some small way.

25 Things I Learned from the Stations of the Cross

1. Always say 'thank you' when someone helps you.

2. Give of yourself even when it doesn't seem like the time or the place to do so.

3. Be willing to accept help from others.

4. Life is not fair, but God is just.

5. The cross that is carried in silence is the ultimate example of obedience and love.

6. Anyone can experience a set back.

7. God will never ask us to do anything that He, himself, has not done before us.

8. Keep trying.

9. We are more than our appearance.

10. Be willing to give everything you have in service to God.

11. Dying is a key part of eternal life.

12. God values obedience over service.

13. There is an unspeakable love between a mother and her child.

14. A Mother is called to support her child; there are some things that our children must do for themselves.

15. Mothers are made to be strong. How else could a mother witness the slow execution of her child, hold his lifeless body and then prepare it for burial.

16. Make sure you really understand what it is you are crying about or lamenting.

17. The time to help, is when you don't feel like helping.

18. God the Father doesn't show favoritism - He expects everyone to obey Him.

19. When we are weary, it is time to rest, or else we will suffer even more discomfort.

20. Anyone can be weary and weakened if they are denied food, sleep, and dignity.

21. Nothing can keep a good man down.

22. There is peace in death. Our Blessed Mother, Mary, was glad the torturing of her Son was over.

23. Eventually, every adversity comes to an end.

24. Words are not necessary to teach every lesson.

25. Love should be the driving force behind obedience.

If you would like to help your children discover or reflect on the Stations of the Cross or the Stabat Mater Dolorosa, feel free to download our Stabat Mater Copywork Set.   It incorporates handwriting, English as well as Latin translation of verse lines, and coloring for the 22 verses of one of the world's greatest hymns.   This resource has been very well received by our children, and we hope yours will find it engaging and enjoyable too.