Brother Francis Blog — Rosary

Ways to Honor Mary in May

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Ways to Honor Mary in May

By Anne Metz

May is a month that the Catholic Church around the world traditionally dedicates to Mary, the Mother of God. Here are a few simple ways that you can honor her this month.

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Explaining Purgatory to Children

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Explaining Purgatory to Children

By Colleen Pressprich

November is the month that we as Catholics set aside to pray for the dead. More specifically, we are praying for the souls in Purgatory. It’s a word that most, if not all, Catholics are familiar with, but one that some might be hard-pressed to explain, especially to children.

Here’s some information that might help you to teach your children about this very important doctrine:

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Five Tips for Praying the Rosary as a Family

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Five Tips for Praying the Rosary as a Family

By Colleen Pressprich

October is the month of the Rosary, and as such, it’s a great time of year to explore the ways that you can pray the rosary as a family.

Start small.

Praying an entire rosary as a family can sometimes feel like a daunting task, especially if you have young children. You can build confidence (and endurance) by taking it one step at a time. I think we’ve all had experiences where we’ve bit off more than we could chew and ended up walking away from a goal simply because we tried to do too much too soon.

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Teaching Our Children to Love Lent

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Teaching Our Children to Love Lent

By Desiree Hausam

As Lent comes around this year, I am thinking hard about preparing my kids for this season. 

The lessons and the opportunities of Lent are something that, in the busy whirl of family life, is easy for me to gloss over. I’m not proud of that, but it’s my reality right now.

But, I was struck by our priest’s homily the other day with a reminder of how profoundly important it is to lean into this special season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It’s critical that we teach our kids to love Lent and how it teaches us to turn away from the world, even from things that are otherwise good, for the sake of learning to love our Savior better. The prayers and the sacrifices that we and our kids lift up matter. 

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Celebrating Ash Wednesday as a Family

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Celebrating Ash Wednesday as a Family

By Anne Metz

On Ash Wednesday, my family skips school in the morning and heads to Mass. We started this tradition when our kids were very small because making it to the 7 pm Mass just didn’t work for our triplets’ early bedtime.

Even though my kids are now old enough to stay awake for the evening Mass, we continue our tradition of going to Mass in the morning. On a normal Wednesday, my children would be in school all day. But Ash Wednesday is not a normal Wednesday. This day is different, set aside.

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