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Lord's Prayer Drama

This video is a dramatization that helps explain the meaning of the different parts of the Lord's Prayer.

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Children Pray the Lord's Prayer

This video is an example of the video you can create with the children for an additional activity.

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Good Shepherd (Lead On)

This video is a meditative song based on Psalm 23.

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Guided Meditation before the Blessed Sacrament

An outline and script for a guided meditation before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. Have you explored Go Seek Find: Discover God’s Treasures yet? This one-of-a-kind sacrament prep program will help children discover how preparing for the sacraments is an …

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Family Prayer before First Eucharist

These prayers will help your family focus more deeply on the celebration of First Eucharist that will take place soon. Through these prayers, you, your child, and your family will ask for guidance as you continue to grow as disciples …

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Friendship and Forgiveness Prayer Space

An activity, including a discussion and a craft, on forgiving friends and family members, based on The Catholic Children’s Bible featured story “Jesus Teaches Us to Forgive”, Matthew 18:21–35.

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First Reconciliation Meal Prayer

Make this simple prayer card for your family table. The prayer is especially appropriate as preparation for First Reconciliation.

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Family Prayer before First Reconciliation

These prayers are intended to help your family focus more deeply on the celebration of First Reconciliation that will take place soon. You and your child will pray for guidance as you continue to grow as disciples and continue your …

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Jesus the Lord, by Roc O’Connor and the Saint Louis Jesuits

The song/video "Jesus the Lord,” by Roc O’Connor and the Saint Louis Jesuits," available on YouTube (6:24) with lyrics, is best used on day 4.

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Walk with Me

The song/video "Walk with Me," by Jesus Culture, available on YouTube (10:22) with lyrics, is simple and powerful. It is best used on day 3.

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Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

The song/video "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace," available on YouTube (3:39) with images, photos, and lyrics, is best used on day 3.

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Let There Be Peace on Earth—Sing Along

The song/video "Let There Be Peace on Earth—Sing Along," available on YouTube (2:41) with photos and lyrics, is best used on day 2.

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Open My Eyes

The song/video "Open My Eyes," by Jesse Manibusan, available on YouTube (2:54) with lyrics, is best used on day 1.

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Take, Lord, Receive

The song/video "Take, Lord, Receive," by John Foley and the Saint Louis Jesuits, in Memory of Fr. Bob Bedard C.C., available on YouTube (4:27), is best used on day 1.

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Be Not Afraid—St. Louis Jesuits & Bob Dufford, S.J.

The song/video "Be Not Afraid—St. Louis Jesuits & Bob Dufford, S.J.," available on YouTube (4:36), is best used on day 4.

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God—Haven of Rest Quartet (Acapella)

The song/video "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God—Haven of Rest Quartet (Acapella)," available on YouTube (2:46) with lyrics, is best used on day 2.

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Palestrina—Sicut cervus

The song/video "Palestrina—Sicut cervus," performed by the Cambridge Singers, available on YouTube (3:17) with lyrics, is best used on day 1.

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Gregorian Chant

The song/video "Gregorian Chant," performed by the Monastic Choir of the Abbey of St. Pierre de Solesmes, in 1930, is available on YouTube (45:19). The Abbey of Solesmes is a Benedictine monastery renowned for its teaching of chant. The first chant is the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) from the Mass. It ends at 2:19. This would be an appropriate opening prayer for day 1. An English translation should be provided to the students.

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The Nicene Creed in Original Greek

The video "The Nicene Creed in Original Greek," proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI and the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, is available on YouTube (2:28) with excellent photos of the two prelates, art, and icons. It is best used on day 3 or day 4.

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Christ Be Our Light

The song/video "Christ Be Our Light," by Bernadette Farrell, is available on YouTube (3:34) with lyrics and nature scenes. It is best on day 3 or day 4.

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This Little Light of Mine

The song/video "This Little Light of Mine," by Harry Dixon Loes (University of New Hampshire), is available on YouTube (2:34). It is best used for closing prayer on day 1.

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We Are the Light of the World

The song/video "We Are the Light of the World," by Jean A. Greif, available on YouTube (2:58) with lyrics, is the Beatitudes set to music. It is best used for opening prayer on day 1.

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Love Knows No End

The song/video "Love Knows No End," by Hillsong Live, available on YouTube (5:24) with lyrics, is best used on day 4 as a closing prayer.

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Forgiveness

The song/video "Forgiveness," by Matthew West, available on YouTube (4:26) with lyrics, is best on day 3

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Let It Go

The song/video "Let It Go," by Tenth Avenue North, available on YouTube (3:19) with lyrics, is best on day 2.

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Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer

The video "Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer," by LearnAboutTheBible, available on YouTube (2:18), is the English of the King James version. It is best used on day 1.

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The Lord’s Prayer

The song/video "The Lord’s Prayer," performed by Andrea Bocelli and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, available on YouTube (4:30), is an option for opening prayer on day 4.

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Abba Father—Acoustic Cover

The song/video "Abba Father—Acoustic Cover," by Carey Landry, available on YouTube (3:30), is best for opening prayer on day 3.

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Abba Father

The song/video "Abba Father," by Klaus Kuehn with Kari Jobe, available on YouTube (6:01), is best on day 3.

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The Lord’s Prayer (Aramaic)

The song/video "The Lord’s Prayer” (Aramaic)," by Ratheesh Mathew, available on YouTube (4:21), is best for opening prayer on day 2.

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Come Worship the Lord

The song/video "Come Worship the Lord," by John Michael Talbot, is available on YouTube (7:58). Point out that this song is based on Psalm 95. Commentary includes an explanation of the liturgy as a dance, with gestures. You may want to try following the instructions for the gestures. It is best used on day 3.

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10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

The song/video "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)," by Matt Redman, available on YouTube (4:22), encompasses the entire day in worship. This song/video may be used as the hymn with Midday Prayer on day 3.

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I Lift Up My Soul

The song/video "I Lift Up My Soul," by Tim Manion and the Saint Louis Jesuits, available on YouTube (3:00) with lyrics, shows views of Catholic liturgy and prayer as well as natural scenes. It is best used on days 1 or 2.

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What Is the Difference between Meditation and Contemplation?

The video "What Is the Difference between Meditation and Contemplation?" by Spiritual Direction, is available on YouTube (4:03). A Catholic priest explains these two forms of prayer. It is best used on day 4.

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Stillness—Meditation, Prayer, Worship

The video "Stillness—Meditation, Prayer, Worship," by Emo Teofanov, is available on YouTube (1:06:40). The first few minutes outline the basics of contemplative prayer. The author then leads the viewer through a session of stillness and prayer. It is best used on day 4.

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Illumination—Peaceful Gregorian Chants—Dan Gibson’s Solitude

The video "Illumination—Peaceful Gregorian Chants—Dan Gibson’s Solitude" is available on YouTube (1:01:00). It is Latin chant. In some places, the Liturgy of the Hours is still chanted in Latin. In most places in the United States, Gregorian chant melodies are used, but the words are in English. It is best used on day 3.

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Everyday God—Be with Us

The song/video "Everyday God—Be with Us," available on YouTube (4:54), is appropriate as an opening or closing prayer on any day. There are several videos of "Everyday God," by Bernadette Farrell, on YouTube. One, uploaded by Weng Daquilanea, uses slides of animals and nature to illustrate the song (4:52).

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God Has Chosen Me

The song/video "God Has Chosen Me," by Bernadette Farrell, is available on YouTube (2:12). It is best used on day 1 or day 2.

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Lean on Me

The song/video "Lean on Me," by Zeal for Zion, available on YouTube (2:41) with lyrics, is a meditative prayer for times of trouble. It is best used on day 4.

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If God Be for Us

The song/video "If God Be for Us," by Zeal for Zion, available on YouTube (2:00), is based on Romans 8:31. It is best used on day 4.

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The Heartbeat of God

The song/video "The Heartbeat of God," by Zeal for Zion, available on YouTube (2:39) with lyrics, is appropriate as an opening or closing prayer for any day, but is best used on day 4.

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Jesus the Lord

The song/video "Jesus the Lord," by Roc O’Connor and the Saint Louis Jesuits,” available on YouTube (6:24) with lyrics, is best used on day 4.

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Day by Day

The song/video "Day by Day," performed by the cast of Godspell, available on YouTube (3:27), is a musical setting of the Prayer of Saint Richard of Chichester. The students might like seeing the recording studio ambience. Appropriate for any day, but best on day 3.

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Top 40 Worship Songs—United States (by CCLI popularity)

The playlist "Top 40 Worship Songs—United States (by CCLI popularity)," by Stone Family Church-Home, available on YouTube with lyrics, is a compilation of forty songs/videos by various contemporary artists. It is useful as a reference for various prayerful songs on various topics.

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Just Say Jesus

The song/video "Just Say Jesus," by 7eventh Time Down,” available on YouTube (2:41) with lyrics, is best used on day 4, perhaps as the opening or closing prayer.

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Holding Nothing Back

The song/video "Holding Nothing Back," by Ryan Stevenson, is available on YouTube (3:36) with lyrics. Mary holds nothing back from God. It is best used on day 2.

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Magnificat (with Wexford Carol)

The song/video "Magnificat (with Wexford Carol)," by Keith & Kristyn Getty,” available on YouTube (4:53) with lyrics, is a song based on the Magnificat. It is best used on day 2.

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Magnificat—Mary’s Song

The song/video "Magnificat—Mary’s Song," composed by Todd Agnew & performed by Christy Nockels, available on YouTube (5:08) with lyrics, is the Magnificat in contemporary language illustrated with scenes from nature. It is best used on day 2.

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Magnificat

The song/video "Magnificat," by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (5:53), includes a slideshow of Marian art. It is best used on day 2.

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As Morning Breaks (Ps. 63)

The song/video "As Morning Breaks (Ps. 63)," by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (4:07), is a good opening prayer/psalm for day 1.

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Joy and Hope for the Modern World

This handout provides questions for students to reflect on and answer as they read quotations from this Constitution.

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Encouragement in Persecution

This handout outlines a writing assignment in which students write a letter to an imaginary Roman friend who is enduring persecution in the Empire. Students must use Scripture passages to help them in the writing process.

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The Seven Petitions

On this handout, students match the meaning to each line of the Lord’s Prayer.

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A Prayer Puzzle

On this handout, students must use clues to unscramble words related to prayer.

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Spirit Telecom: The Universal Wireless Prayer Network

This handout guides students as they locate and read various Scripture passages focusing on the many way God calls us to prayer.

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Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

The song/video "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)," by Chris Tomlin, available on YouTube (4:29), teaches the greatness and power of grace all around us and provides a good opening song for any day this week. "

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Burning in My Soul

The song/video "Burning in My Soul," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (3:45), provides a nice connection to Pentecost and the modern listener and is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Spirit of the Living God

The song/video "Spirit of the Living God," by Far from Home, available on YouTube (3:09) with lyrics, offers a nice opening prayer for day 2.

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Forever (Live)

The song/video "Forever (Live)," by Kari Jobe, available on YouTube (6:50) with lyrics, is a good opening prayer for day 4. The video can be shortened to 4:38.

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With Every Act of Love

The song/video "With Every Act of Love," by Jason Gray, available on YouTube (3:35) with lyrics, is used on day 3.

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Mighty to Save

The song/video "Mighty to Save," by Hillsong United, available on YouTube (7:06) with lyrics, is a good opening song for any day. The video can be stopped at 4:52 as time allows.

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Forgiveness (Live)

The song/video "Forgiveness (Live)," by Matthew West, available on YouTube (8:41), is a story told through words and music of the power of forgiveness and new life in Christ. It is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Isaiah 53

The song/video "Isaiah 53," by Sovereign Grace Music, available on YouTube (5:14), is appropriate for prayer on day 3. It can be shortened to 3:49.

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Lamb of God

This song is presented in the video "Lamb of God—Twila Paris," with images of the life of Jesus, available on YouTube (4:04) and is used on day 2.

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Lamb of God (Lyrics)

The song/video "Lamb of God," by Sarah Reeves, available on YouTube (3:22) with lyrics, is used on day 2.

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For The Cross

The song/video "For The Cross // Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, & Bethel Music // Tides Official Lyric Video," available on YouTube (5:37), provides a good opening prayer for any day. It can be shortened to 3:47.

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The Kingdom of God

The song/video "The Kingdom of God," like many Taizé songs, is available on YouTube (4:15) and is a meditative chant that would work well as an introduction to chant and an opening prayer. It is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Consider the Lilies

The song/video "Consider the Lilies," performed by Sings Sampaguita, available on YouTube (3:59) can be used for opening prayer on day 2. In this version, the only visual is the performer, but the words are easier to understand.

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Great Things

The song/video "Great Things," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:21) with lyrics, is an upbeat version of Mary’s Song of Praise and is an appropriate opening prayer for any day, especially day 1 and day 2.

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Blest Are They—The Beatitudes

The song/video "Blest Are They—The Beatitudes," available on YouTube (8:19), is used for the Engage activity on day 2. The segment between 6:01 and 6:50 focuses on the lesson’s topic of persecution. The first 6:50 is worth showing for context of persecution within the Beatitudes. The entire video is a worthy use of time.

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Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)—The Nativity Story

The song/video "Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)—The Nativity Story," by Amy Grant, available on YouTube (5:20), tells of the calling of Mary to bring Christ into the world. A video with scenes from the movie The Nativity Story illustrates the "Call Stories" activity on day 1.

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Big House

The song/video "Big House," by Audio Adrenaline, available on YouTube (3:29) with lyrics, offers an alternate, more upbeat opening prayer for any day.

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One Spirit, One Church

The song/video "One Spirit, One Church," by Kevin Keil and Maryanne Quinlivan, available on YouTube (3:56), offers a good opening prayer for any day this week.

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Run the Race

The song/video "Run the Race," by Paul Taylor Smith, available on YouTube (4:28), can be used for prayer any day and also complements the "Go the Distance" activity on day 4.

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World Peace Prayer

The song/video "World Peace Prayer," by Marty Haugen, available on YouTube (4:06), provides a hopeful litany that complements the "Opposites" activity on day 4.

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Your Grace Is Enough

The song/video "Your Grace Is Enough," available on YouTube (4:30) with lyrics, is based on 2 Corinthians 12:9 and can accent the song for prayer on day 1.

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I'll Race You to the Tomb

The song/video "I’ll Race You to the Tomb," available on YouTube (4:12), is used for the Pray It! activity on day 4.

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I Am The Way, the Truth, and the Life

The song/video "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life," by John Hardwick, available on YouTube (1:34) with lyrics, can be used for prayer on any day this week.

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My Soul Rejoices

The song/video "My Soul Rejoices," available on YouTube (8:34), enhances the praying of the Magnificat on day 2. The performance begins at the 2:38 mark.

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I Want to Know You

The song/video "I Want to Know You - Jesus Culture w/Lyrics," available on YouTube (8:50), shows gratitude for the sacrificial, unconditional love of Christ and a desire to get to know him. It is a good supplement for day 4. Consider showing only the first 3:30 minutes if time is a concern.

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Thy Word

The song/video "Thy Word (with lyrics)," by Amy Grant, available on YouTube (3:13), provides a good focus for any prayer before classes focusing on Scripture.

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My Morning and Evening Prayers

This handout asks students to think about the Liturgy of the Hours before they answer questions about and create their own morning and evening prayers.

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Healing Rain

The song/video "Healing Rain," by Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (4:31), can be used for prayer on any day. It offers powerful imagery about God's healing love.

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Water of Life

The song/video "Water of Life," by Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (3:37), provides strong imagery and biblical text related to water. It is used for the opening prayer on day 2 and could be used again as the closing prayer for day 2.

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Remind Me Who I Am

The song/video "Remind Me Who I Am," by Jason Gray, available on YouTube (3:38) with lyrics, is a good option for opening or closing prayer.

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Behold the Lamb of God

The song/video "Behold the Lamb of God," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:58), is used for opening prayer on day 2.

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Remembrance

The song/video"Remembrance," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (5:16), is good for opening prayer for any day.

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Say Yes

The song/video "Say Yes," by Michelle Williams, Beyonce, and Kelly Rowland, available on YouTube (4:12), offers a good introduction to day 4. The first 1:20 conveys the necessary content to engage the class.

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Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist

The video "Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist," by dioceseofstpete, available on YouTube (1:50), offers an overview of material presented in the Handbook. It is especially helpful for day 1, but would be effective on any day.

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Table of Grace

The song/video "Table of Grace," by Phillips, Craig, and Dean, available on YouTube (4:46) with lyrics, is suitable for any day.

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Thy Word

The song/video "Thy Word," by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (3:13), is a setting of Psalm 119 with the appropriate refrain of "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" (v. 105, KJV). The sheet music can also be found in many congregational hymnals. It is appropriate for use on day 1.

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St. Teresa's Prayer

The song/video "St. Teresa’s Prayer," by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (2:39), is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Remembrance (Communion Song)

The song/video "Remembrance (Communion Song)," by Matt Redman, available on YouTube (5:47), is recommended for prayer on any day.

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Call It Grace

The song/video "Call It Grace," by Unspoken, available on YouTube (4:00), is appropriate for use on day 3.

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Follow You

The song/video "Follow You," by Leeland and Brandon Heath, available on YouTube (4:29), is appropriate for use on day 2.

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Do Something

The song/video "Do Something," by Matthew West, available on YouTube (4:05), is appropriate for use on day 2.

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Open the Eyes of My Heart

The song/video "Open the Eyes of My Heart," available on YouTube (4:13), is appropriate for prayer on any day.

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Open My Eyes

The song/video "Open My Eyes," by Jesse Manibusan, available on YouTube (2:54) with lyrics and as a live performance (3:05), used for prayer on day 2, invites us to be aware of the presence of God. The song is included in many parish hymnals as well.

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When We Gather

The song/video "When We Gather," by Brad and Rebekah, available on YouTube (4:04) with lyrics, is appropriate for prayer on any day.

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City of God

The song/video "City of God," by Dan Schutte, available on YouTube (3:11), complements the theme of day 4, and provides lyrics and visuals for reflection.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

The song/video "Holy, Holy, Holy," by Steven Curtis Chapman, available on YouTube (4:54), is a contemporary version of the classic hymn and can be used for prayer or meditation on day 2.

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Don't Give Up

The song/video "Don’t Give Up," by Calling Glory, available on YouTube (3:54) with lyrics, emphasizes persistence in faith as a prayer focus throughout the week.

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Song "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace"

The song “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” puts Saint Francis’ prayer about the various ways we can bring peace into the world to music. A variety of versions with excellent images can be found on YouTube. It is appropriate for prayer on day 3.

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Music Video: “Covenant Hymn” (Ruth)

The song/video “Covenant Hymn,” by Rory Cooney and Gary Daigle and Theresa Donohoo, available on YouTube (5:09), is based on Ruth’s words to Naomi.

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Song/video "Our God Is an Awesome God"

The song/video “Our God Is an Awesome God,” by Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (4:32) with lyrics, recalls the awesomeness of God that the Israelites experienced at Mount Sinai. Use the version that includes the lyrics with dynamic visual backgrounds. It is appropriate for opening prayer on day 4.

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Song/video "Our God Is Greater"

The song/video “Our God Is Greater,” by Chris Tomlin, available on YouTube (5:21), recalls the need to put our faith in God. It is appropriate for use on day 3 as opening or closing prayer.

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Song/video "The Colours of God’s Love—Rainbow Covenant"

The song/video “The Colours of God’s Love—Rainbow Covenant,” available on YouTube (2:28), is based on the song “Giver of Life,” by Ann Laura. The video uses a variety of images of rainbows, while the song praises God for his gifts and faithfulness. It is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Song/video "Lord, I Need You"

The song/video “Lord, I Need You,” by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (3:26), emphasizes our need for God’s faithful love and grace. It could be used for opening prayer on any day.

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Here I Am, Lord (Nature Scenes)

The song/video "Here I Am, Lord," by Fr. Daniel L. Schutte, performed by the Boys and Men of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, available on YouTube (3:04) with lyrics, features nature scenes. It is suggested as an opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 4.

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The Face of Christ (Black & White)

The song/video "The Face of Christ" by Chris Rice, posted by David Grove, available on YouTube (3:45), is artistically strong with black-and-white photography. It is best used on day 3.

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Come to the Water

The song/video "Come to the Water," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:49) with lyrics, is suggested as an opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 1.

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Words

The song/video "Words," by Hawk Nelson, available on YouTube (3:24) with lyrics and also on Spotify, is suggested as an opening or closing prayer for any day but may be best used on day 4.

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Wrecking Ball

The song/video "Wrecking Ball," by Sidewalk Prophets, available on YouTube (3:15) with lyrics, asks God’s help to knock out lust and greed and make the best of us. It can be used as an opening or closing prayer on any day or incorporated into the discussion on purity of heart on day 3.

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Video "God Created Humans in His Image"

The video “God Created Humans in His Image,” by Top Cheretien, available on YouTube (2:14), is a nice reflection on this concept by spoken word poet Amena Brown. It could be used for opening prayer on day 1.

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Song/video "God of Wonders"

The song/video “God of Wonders,” by Third Day, available on YouTube (5:09), is available as music videos with lyrics or images of creation that are appropriate for use as an opening or closing prayer. This could be used for opening prayer on day 3.

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Song/video "How Great Is Our God"

The song/video “How Great Is Our God,” by Chris Tomlin, available on YouTube (4:27) with lyrics, is a contemporary song that gives praise to God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It would be a nice introduction to God’s greatness and his Revelation as Trinity. It would make a nice opening prayer for day 2.

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"Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow"

“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” is a song of praise to the Trinity. Contemporary versions can be found on YouTube and include one sung by Heidi Nadine with lyrics and images. It would make a nice opening or closing prayer for day 4.

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Hold Me

The song/video "Hold Me," by Jamie Grace, featuring TobyMac, available on YouTube (3:33), can be used as opening or closing prayer on any day but works best on day 1.

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Servant Song

The song/video "Servant Song," by Richard Gillard, available on YouTube (2:59) with lyrics, supports the ideal that our purpose in life is to help one another, not to give scandal or lead others into temptation. It is best used on day 3.

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Hope in Front of Me

The song/video "Hope in Front of Me," by Danny Gokey, available on YouTube (3:40) with lyrics, is good for opening prayer on day 1.

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Song/video "Abba Father"

The song/video “Abba Father,” by Carey Landry, available on YouTube (4:24) with lyrics, is a good opening song for days 1 and 3 and is used on day 3.

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Live Like That

The song/video "Live Like That," by Sidewalk Prophets, available on YouTube (3:58) with lyrics, is best used for opening prayer on day 4.

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Speak Life

The song/video "Speak Life," by TobyMac, available on Spotify or YouTube (3:27) with lyrics, addresses the power of words. It is best used for opening prayer on day 3.

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Seek Ye First

The song/video “Seek Ye First,” by the Maranatha Singers, available on YouTube (3:08) with lyrics, can be used for opening prayer on day 2.

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Song "Word of God Speak"

The song “Word of God Speak,” by Mercy Me, is a beautiful song about listening for God’s Word. It could be used for opening prayer for any day of the week. Several versions can be found on YouTube. Use for opening prayer on day 3 or 4.

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Video "God Speaks to Man: The Oldest Revelation"

This musically accompanied video “God Speaks to Man: The Oldest Revelation,” by David Huting, available on YouTube (4:53), offers young people a chance to explore the beauty of creation to better understand how God speaks to us through it. This slideshow is appropriate for use on day 3.

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Song/video "God of Wonders”

The song/video "God of Wonders,” by Third Day, available on YouTube (5:08) with lyrics, praises God revealed in nature. It would make a nice opening or closing prayer for day 1.

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Ask Me

The song/video "Ask Me," by Amy Grant, available on YouTube (3:43) with lyrics, is about sexual abuse and survival with God’s help and strength. It is suggested for opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 3.

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Hey, World

The song/video "Hey, World," by Petra, sung by Caroline Chevin, is available on YouTube (4:03). You can find the lyrics online by searching on the phrase “Petra Hey World Lyrics.” The song tells the story of courageous choices—to choose life instead of abortion or suicide—and affirms God’s gift of life. It is a suggested opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 3.

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The Color of Love

The song/video “Boyz II Men—The Color of Love,” available on YouTube (3:44), is best used on day 4.

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Here I Am, Lord

The song/video "Here I Am, Lord," sung by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (3:53), is suggested for use on day 4.

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I Will Exalt You

The song/video "I Will Exalt You," by Hillsong UNITED, available on YouTube (7:08) with lyrics, is best used on day 2.

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Awesome God

The song/video "Awesome God," by Hillsong UNITED, available on YouTube (5:19), is powerful and can help the students connect with the wonder that is God. It is an opening or closing prayer option for any day and is used on day 1.

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Forgiven

The song/video "Forgiven," by Sanctus Real, available on YouTube (3:37) with lyrics, is used on day 3.

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Help Me Find It

The song/video "Help Me Find It," by Sidewalk Prophets, available on YouTube (3:44) with lyrics, is a good song for prayer on days 1, 3, and 4.

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Praying the Rosary

This supplemental PowerPoint accompanies Unit 5 by providing an overview of how to pray the rosary.

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The Desire to Know God

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 1, Chapter 1 by exploring our desire to know God and how best to do so.

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Sacred Scripture and the Rules of the Saints

This activity has students work individually and in small groups to read and reflect on the rules of St. Augustine, St. Benedict, and St. Francis.

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Praying the Liturgy of the Hours: A Reflection

A reflection to be completed after praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

This is a list of terms and definitions to know for Unit 5.

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Unit 5 Preassessment: A Prayer Inventory

This preassessment for Unit 5 asks students a series of questions about the importance of prayer and Scripture in their own lives.

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God’s Presence in Nature

This assignment helps students to create a poem of praise about an object in nature.

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We Respond to God through Prayer

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 5, Chapter 14, by discussing what prayer is, how best to practice it, and who to look to as an example of a strong prayer life.

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What Is Faith?

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 5, Chapter 13, by discussing more deeply the meaning of faith and its connection to religion and belief.

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The Trinity: Unpacking the Nicene Creed

This PowerPoint reflects on the statements of faith in the Trinity found in the Nicene Creed.

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Scripture and Prayer

On this worksheet partners choose three scripture passages from both the Old and New Testaments. They then note how what each passage teaches about prayer and our relationship with God.

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The Nicene Creed and Commentary

This handout breaks down the Nicene Creed line-by-line and gives each a brief explanation and commentary.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 39

A lesson plan for lesson 39 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 38

A lesson plan for lesson 38 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 37

A lesson plan for lesson 37 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 36

A lesson plan for lesson 36 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 35

A lesson plan for lesson 35 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 34

A lesson plan for lesson 34 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 33

A lesson plan for lesson 33 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore God’s call to each of us to pray.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 26

A lesson plan for lesson 26 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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The Narrow Door: A Guided Meditation

This guided meditation communicates the Gospel message of simple living in a way that engages the imagination and inspires young people to actively simplify their lives. This activity is an excerpt from the book Justice and Service Ideas for Ministry …

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Handout: Psalm 23

An adaptation of Psalm 23 to be used in prayer or reflection

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From Fasting to Feasting

A short prayer that calls us to feast on kindness and compassion towards others.

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Eucharist

This prayer reflects on the true meaning of receiving and living the Eucharist.

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I Pray

This prayer for a large group asks for our eyes to be opened to the injustices in the world and our souls to be strengthened by Christ’s presence.

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One Solitary Life

This short reflection calls to mind the profound impact Jesus Christ has had on humanity and the world.

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In Praise of the Creator

This prayer uses Psalm 95 to praise God our creator.

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Prayer Service: For Christian Unity

A short prayer service for Christian unity.

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Prayer Service: Forgiveness

A prayer service centered on forgiveness.

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Prayer Service: The Children of God

A prayer service.

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Prayer Service: Peter, a Rock of Faith

A prayer service.

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Prayer Service: Becoming the People of God

A prayer service.

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The Scriptures and Concern for Justice

A list of justice-centered biblical passages that can be used for preparing class prayers and liturgies, as a resource for assignments, and for your own reflection and prayer.

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Jesus, Teach Us to Pray

Read each of the following Scripture passages and explain in writing how they each give insight into Jesus’ prayer life.

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Prayer Objects, Prayerful Environment

After spending some time walking around a church or chapel and observing the ways that art is used to create a prayerful, sacred space, answer the following questions reflectively.

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Prayer Is...

Read the following descriptions of prayer by various authors. Choose one description that best fits how you see prayer. Or formulate your own description using a couple of these.

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Spirituality Action Plan

It is important for us to take stock of where we are in life and put plans in place to achieve our goals. It is important to do that in our spiritual life as well. We are all spiritual people. …

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course IV: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church from The Church: Christ in the World Today.

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The Lord's Prayer

Jesus shows us how to pray by giving us the Lord’s Prayer. After reading or reviewing chapters 49 and 50 of The Catholic Connections Handbook, complete the crossword.

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Prayer - A Conversation with God

A personal reflection on conversing with God through prayer.

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Asking the Saints and Mary for Prayers

A personal reflection on why Catholics ask the saints and Mary for prayers.

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Life Issues A Summary: The Ultimate Question: Why Am I Here?

A summary and the learning objectives of Life Issues A Summary: The Ultimate Question: Why Am I Here? from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 50 Activity: The Seven Petitions

Match each petition of the Lord’s Prayer with its meaning.

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Chapter 50 Summary: The Lord’s Prayer: A Prayer for All Time

A summary and the learning objectives of Chapter 50 The Lord’s Prayer: A Prayer for all Time from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 49 Activity: The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish

The Lord’s Prayer translated into Spanish.

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Chapter 49 Summary: The Lord’s Prayer: The Perfect Prayer

A summary and the learning objectives of Chapter 49 The Lord’s Prayer: The Perfect Prayer from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 48 Activity: A Prayer Puzzle

Unscramble each of the following words related to prayer, using the clues given for each word. Then take the letters that appear circled in boxes and unscramble them to find the name of an important Marian devotion.

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Chapter 48 Summary: Tuning In to God

A summary and the learning objectives of Chapter 48: Tuning in to God from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 47 Summary: Prayer: Conversations with God

A summary of Chapter 47, Prayer: Conversations with God from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 46 Activity: A Prayer Acrostic

Despite the “busyness” of our daily lives, we must strive to pray always. Imagine that you have to create a marketing poster telling a group of young people your age why they should make prayer an important part of their …

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Chapter 46 Summary: The Bible: Models of Prayer

A summary of Chapter 46, The Bible: Models of Prayer from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 40 Summary: Honoring God

A summary of Chapter 40, Honoring God from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Life Issues B Activity: Meeting Jesus: A Guided Meditation

A guided meditation that uses the imagination to spend time with Jesus and understand how he wants us to live.

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Chapter 31 Summary: The Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

A summary of Chapter 31, The Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Eucharist from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 26 Activity: When Do You Pray?

As a Catholic, you probably learned from a young age some of the traditional prayers of the Church, such as the Sign of the Cross, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Hail Mary. You probably also learned about the Mass and …

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Chapter 9 Activity: Faithful to God

It can be difficult to live in the modern world and remain faithful to God’s will. What are three things in your life that distract you from your faith in God and from following his will? List them in the …

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Chapter 9 Summary: Faith: Responding to God

A summary of Chapter 9, Faith: Responding to God from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 6 Activity: Recognizing God’s Goodness

Have you ever noticed how news reports often feature bad news: natural disasters, crime, accidents, and so on? Even in your own life, you may sometimes feel like there’s bad news all around. But the reality is that despite the …

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Chapter 4 Activity: Symbols for the Blessed Trinity

According to tradition, Saint Patrick used a shamrock to represent the Blessed Trinity—the one God in three Divine Persons. The following symbols, the triquetra (TRY-kwetra), on the left, and the triangle, are also symbols for the Trinity. On the lines …

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Hearing the Voice of God

A personal story about tuning out the noise and tuning in to God through prayer and quiet reflection.

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Prayer in the Zone

A personal story about praying while 'in the zone.'

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Chapter 38

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 38, The Lord’s Prayer: God’s Glory.

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Chapter 37

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 37, Praying Together.

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Chapter 36

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 36, Praying with Scripture.

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Chapter 35

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 35, Personal Prayer.

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Chapter 34

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 34, The Forms of Prayer.

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Chapter 33

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 33, Introduction to Prayer.

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The Wonders of God's Creation

For the next twenty-four hours, pay attention to experiences and details of your day. The following list suggests phenomena for you to observe, and you may think of other subjects for observation. Create an observation journal on a separate sheet …

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Chapter 39 Activities

Activities for Chapter 39 The Lord’s Prayer: Human Need including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 38 Activities

Activities for Chapter 38 The Lord’s Prayer: God’s Glory including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 37 Activities

Activities for Chapter 37 Praying Together including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 36 Activities

Activities for Chapter 36 Praying with Scripture including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 35 Activities

Activities for Chapter 35 Personal Prayer including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 34 Activities

Activities for Chapter 34 The Forms of Prayer including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 33 Activities

Activities for Chapter 33 Introduction to Prayer including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 26 Activities

Activities for Chapter 26 Honoring God including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Handout: Praise Petition and Promise

The Lord’s Prayer includes three forms of prayer: praise, petition, and promise. Identify the types of prayer expressed in each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer.

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Handout: Called to Pray Together

A prayer based off of the Lord’s Prayer with a leader, a reader, and various responses.

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Handout: A Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours

A Liturgy of the Hours morning prayer with a leader, a reader, and various responses.

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Handout: The Four Rs of Praying with the Scriptures

Descriptions of the four Rs of praying with Scripture; read, reflect, respond, and rest.

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Handout: Sharing with God

A guided meditation and opportunity for prayer.

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Handout: A Prayer Chart

Use these questions to help you identify situations when you used each prayer form, and record as many situations as you can recall.

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Handout: A Prayer for Forgiveness

A prayer about forgiveness.

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Handout: Statements from the Apostles Creed

Statements from the Apostles Creed, which can be cut out.

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Called to Pray Together

A reflection/prayer based on the Lord’s Prayer.

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Lesson 39 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 38, The Lord’s Prayer: Human Need.

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How Can I Say

A breakdown of how to pray the Lord’s Prayer.

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Lesson 38 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 38, The Lord’s Prayer: God’s Glory.

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Saying Yes to God

A prayer/reflection on saying yes to God’s will for our lives.

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Lesson 37 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 37, Praying Together.

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Loving God and One Another

A prayer/reflection on the questions Jesus asks in Scripture.

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Lesson 36 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 36, Praying with Scripture.

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Prayer from Morning to Night

Use the following prompts to think about how you pray.

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Lesson 35 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 35, Personal Prayer.

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Sent Forth by Gods Blessing

A prayer with two readers and a leader.

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Lesson 34 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 34, The Forms of Prayer.

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Prayer Questions

Reflection questions relating to prayer.

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Lesson 33 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 33, Introduction to Prayer.

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Blessed Are You

This prayer is quoted from Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections by Marcina Wiederkehr.

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Prayer for My Family

A prayer for family.

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Lord, This Is for You

Reflection on the First Commandment.

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I Have a Mission

A prayer/reflection about one’s mission of service to God.

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The Canticle of Brother Sun

The canticle of the brother sun by Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Creedal Statements

A list of the statements of belief made in the creed.

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Lesson 4 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 4, Faith.

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Prayer of Saint Anselm

The prayer of St. Anselm.

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Prayer Card

A prayer card with promises from the book of Isaiah.

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Chapter 39

A PowerPoint on Chapter 39 about the Lord’s Prayer.

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Prayer Service

An in class prayer service.

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Faith: Some Important Connections

In silence, answer all but the last question by yourself. The last question will be answered in small groups.

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Places in the Heart

A worksheet to go along with the video Places in the Heart.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

Options of final performance tasks for Unit 2 focusing on faith, the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, and creation in the image of God. The options include writing a personal creed, creating a Holy Trinity play, or exploring three Kingdom …

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A Restless Heart

Read through the following questions and discuss your answers with your small group.

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What Do I Know about the Catholic Faith

In the time allotted for this exercise, answer each question to the best of your knowledge. Each set of questions corresponds to the units you will study in this course and represents content you will cover in more detail in …

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Inside and Outside

Everyone knows what it feels like to be on the inside and the outside of a group of people. Fill in the statements below, and then write a prayer to Jesus asking for his help when you are an outsider …

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Planning a Marian Prayer Service

This resource, taken from the New Testament Leader Guide for Breakthrough!  can be used to help you plan a Marian prayer service for Advent, The Annunciation, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and other celebrations of Mary.   …

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Reflecting on the Lord's Prayer

Next to each phrase from the Lord’s Prayer, write another version of the phrase, using more current language or simply putting the words in a different way.

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Jesus, the Expert on Prayer

Read the Gospel passages below, and write a summary statement or two about what Jesus tells us about prayer.

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John, Chapter 17: Praying for Others

Brainstorm personal family issues that are of concern to you as well as any issues that may be troubling your friends. Using the outline below as a guide, write a personal intercessory prayer in the blank space.

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Promises

Describe the kind of promises that are made in the following areas, giving several examples for each one.

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Getting to Know God

A worksheet for students to list the places they go to pray to God, listen to God, talk to God, and wait for God.

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Vocal Prayer, Meditation, and Contemplation

A PowerPoint that defines and discusses vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation as ways of discerning God’s will.

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Learning to Listen to God

A survey to assess a student’s listening skills.

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Divine Providence

A reflection worksheet to help students get a better sense of God’s Providence in their lives.

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Ignatian Discernment of Spirits

An article that breaks down the differences between good and evil spirits.

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Sr. Thea: Her Own Story

A list of discussion questions from the video Sr. Thea: Her Own Story.

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What Do Sisters Do?

An article that discusses the roles and responsibilities of religious sisters.

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“To Brother”: A Personal Story

An article written by Br. Armand Alcazar FSC, who discusses his view of his vocation as a verb, “to brother”, or “brothering” in teaching and community life.

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A Prayer Service in Intercession for Ordained Ministers

A prayer service for ordained ministers including multiple readers, speakers, and responses.

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Family Life

A worksheet with questions about the meaning of the family, the responsibilities of parents, the domestic Church, as well as the influence parents have on their children in their moral and spiritual development.

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Lectio Divina

A short video explaining the prayer form Lectio Divina.

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Ignatian Contemplation

A video explaining the prayer form of Ignatian Contemplation.

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The Lord’s Prayer in Our Town

A video that explains the meaning and importance of the Lord's Prayer, and shows interviews with teen athletes who pray the Lord's Prayer as a team before sports games.

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Roman Missal Overview

This resource is intended to assist you in preparing young people for the implementation of the new missal.

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Roman Missal Activities

This resource provides activities to help you to prepare young people for the implementation of the Roman Missal, third edition.

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Podcasts on Prayer

A worksheet where students are asked to create a series of teen-friendly podcasts about prayer.

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Good Friday Intercessions

A handout that guides students through writing their own Good Friday intercessions.

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Forms and Expressions of Prayer

A listing of several forms and expressions of prayer.

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Understanding the Lord's Prayer

An activity to help students understand the Lord's Prayer from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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Teach Us to Pray

An activity to help students learn "The Lord's Prayer" from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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Praying with Scripture The Magnificat

Praying with Scripture, using The Magnificat, from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Teacher Guide.

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Pray in Good Form

A worksheet, from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide, to assist students in researching and presenting different prayer forms.

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Prayer 101 An Introduction

An introduction to prayer from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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What Is Prayer

A worksheet, found in “The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth” Teacher Guide, that is based on students’ current understanding and experience with prayer.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

Options for final performance tasks for Unit 6 of "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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Prayer Service: Love One Another as I Have Loved You

A prayer service focusing on loving one another as God loves us.

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Prayers of Praise

A homework assignment where students can use a template to create their own prayers of praise, from Section 5 Part 2 of “Jesus Christ: God’s Love Made Visible.”

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Writing a Script for a Guided Imagery Meditation

A handout that describes how to write a script for guided imagery meditation, and why students enjoy participating in this type of meditation.

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Living the Life of a Disciple: Prayer Service

A small-group planning sheet for a classroom prayer service on living the life of a disciple.

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Prayer Stations

Three prayer stations presenting ideas for craft projects to help make forgiveness more tangible for students.

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Using Centering Prayer

An instructional reading on using centering prayer.

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Guided Prayer

A PowerPoint presentation on guided prayer.

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Contemplation - 2/2 Fr. Thomas Dubay

Father Thomas Dubay discusses contemplation and the means by which one can attain a deep prayer life.

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Contemplation - 1/2 Fr. Thomas Dubay

Father Thomas Dubay discusses contemplation and the means by which one can attain a deep prayer life.

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Mysteries of the Church: Rosary

A video explaining the origins of The Rosary, what it means, and how it is prayed.

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Persevering in Prayer: Getting It Started and Keeping It Going

A discussion among Notre Dame theology faculty regarding the large variety of prayer types and the ways in which these prayers are practiced.

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Prayer of Saint Francis by Sarah MacLachlan

Singer Sarah MacLachlan sings the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Saint Teresa's Mansions - Fr Thomas Dubay SM

Father Thomas Dubay briefly explains the spirituality of Teresa of Avila.

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Audience Q & A (Fr. Jim Martin, SJ) Part IV

An interview with Father James Martin regarding the release of his new book on Ignatian Spirituality. In the interview, Father Martin discusses how he learned to pray, how he chose to become a priest, and how Ignatian taught his followers to pray.

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Audience Q & A (Fr. Jim Martin, SJ) Part III

An interview with Father James Martin regarding the release of his new book on Ignatian Spirituality. In the interview, Father Martin discusses how he learned to pray, how he chose to become a priest, and how Ignatian taught his followers to pray.

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Audience Q & A (Fr. Jim Martin, SJ) Part II

An interview with Father James Martin regarding the release of his new book on Ignatian Spirituality. In the interview, Father Martin discusses how he learned to pray, how he chose to become a priest, and how Ignatian taught his followers to pray.

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Audience Q & A (Fr. Jim Martin, SJ) Part I

An interview with Father James Martin regarding the release of his new book on Ignatian Spirituality. In the interview, Father Martin discusses how he learned to pray, how he chose to become a priest, and how Ignatian taught his followers to pray.

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Finding Salt and Light for the World

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. It helps students reflect on various gifts, skills and virtues they might posesses in order to discern specific ministries they might be good at.

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Christian Unity and Ecumenical Dialogue

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It is about the relationship between the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations, and uses Church documents and scripture to discuss this relationship.

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can learn about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and use their own words to describe what each gift is.

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An Examination of Conscience

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers great reflection questions for going through an examination of conscience, dividing the questions into those referring to love of God, and those referring to love of neighbor. This …

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The Holy Spirit

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a brief introduction to the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

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The Essential Goodness of God's Creation and of Humanity

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the problem of evil, original sin, human freedom and the goodness of God's creation.

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The Ascension in Art - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students reflect on numerous works of art depicting Jesus' Ascension into Heaven, highlighting what the artist may have wanted to communicate through certain styles, colors, and perspectives.

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Effects of Grace - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It presents information on the effects of sin and the effects of grace on human relationships with God, others, and self.

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The Goodness, Blessedness, and Beauty of the Created World

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can answer short questions about the beauty of the created world and the presence of God within it.

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"Jesus' Ascension" Word Search

Please note that this document is only available as a PDF.

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Sharing in the Ministry of Jesus: Priest, Prophet, and King

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Groups of students can answer questions about Jesus as Priest, Prophet or King and reflect on models and characteristics of these distinct but related ministries.

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Reflection Questions: The Call to Holiness

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can reflect on what it means to be holy and how to grow in holiness through these series of questions.

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Vocabulary for Unit 8

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Paschal Mystery, especially the role of community and member of the Church to live out their call to …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have been studying the Paschal Mystery, especially with regard to discipleship, vocation, and holiness.

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What Makes a Person Holy?

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students must think critically about what habits make a person holy.

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Called to Holiness: Holiness in Modern Church Teaching

This article from the Living in Christ Series discusses holiness: what it is, who is called, and how to live it out. Both the Church and the people in it are holy.

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Taize Prayer

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can work in groups to prepare various aspects of a Taize prayer service.

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Heroes of Prayer

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to research and answer questions about a "Hero of Prayer", including doubt they experienced and prayers they used.

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The Interview

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can use it to prepare for their assignment to interview a brother or sister in the monastic life.

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Prayers of Praise

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can fill in the spaces with personal prayers of praise and thanksgiving to God.

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Prayers of Petition

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It gives students spaces to write their own intentions and petitions as a prayer activity.

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Praying with and for the Suffering Body of Christ

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can research, present on, and pray for various countries in need.

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Vocabulary for Unit 7

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Paschal Mystery, focusing especially one's relationship with God through prayer and community.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have recently been studying the Paschal Mystery, especially in terms of personal and communal prayer.

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Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience that all religious take as part of their vocation.

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Reflections on Suffering

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can reflect on their experiences of and response to suffering through this series of though-provoking questions.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Paschal Mystery, especially the themes of suffering, redemption, grace, and the model of Jesus.

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can offer their own personal prayer for themselves or those in their community to the Holy Spirit.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for a final assessment for students who have been learning about the Paschal Mystery.

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Final Synthesis

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for final projects after students have studied various elements of the Paschal Mystery.

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What is Faith? - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. Using scripture and the Catechism, this resources offers definitions of faith, distinctions between faith, belief and religion, and practical ways to grow in faith.

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The Trinity: Unpacking the Nicene Creed - PowerPoint

<p>This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. The Trinitarian themes of the Nicene Creed are defined, unpacked and explored by breaking the prayer down and reflecting on smaller statements of faith.</p>

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The Paschal Mystery

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an introduction to the Paschal Mystery including the root of the words, its effects, and theories of how the salvation of mankind precisely transpires through Jesus' suffering, death …

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Where Have Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, Disciples, and Others Modeled the Ways to Discipleship?

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to reflect on the discipleship modeled by Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, and others.

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Where Are You Right Now in Your Faith Life?

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to reflect on their own habits and practices in their spiritual journey.

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Student Notes for Unit 8

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can review main ideas from studying Jesus Christ, especially faith and discipleship.

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Faith: Three Definitions

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses various definitions of faith, the relationships between faith and reason, and faith and religion.

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Free Will

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the relationship between free will and grace, the conscience, character, and human choices.

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Preparing a Prayer Service

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers step by step details to consider when planning a prayer service.

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Preparing a Prayer Service Sample

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a sample for how to use another LIC resource in order to successfully plan a prayer service.

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The Rosary: A Prayer for All Time

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a great introduction to several aspects of the Rosary.

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Salvation: Different Theories

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of some of the main theories of salvation, including the Prophetic, Sacrificial, Ransom, Divinization, Vicarious, Moral Exemplar, and Penal Substitution models.

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God Is Love

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. Using Scripture, the Catechism, and various Church Documents, it discusses the Catholic understanding of God as Love.

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Finding God and Being Found by God - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a great introduction to what God desires from humans and why God chooses to reveal Himself to us.

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Finding God and Being Found by God

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses how God is revealed in humanity, creation, nature, the natural order, and the human conscience, and humanity is likewise revealed in God. It uses the Catechism of the …

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God's Existence - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers discussion points for a classroom where students can talk about faith, doubt, and reliable resources to know of God's existence.

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Vocabulary for Unit 8

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the person of Jesus Christ, especially what it means to be his disciple.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers several project ideas for students who are or have been studying christology, especially what it means to be a follower of Jesus through prayer and discipleship.

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The Litany of Loreto

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. The Litany of Loreto, which is a devotional prayer through the intercession of Mary.

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Vocabulary for Unit 4

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers three different options for assessing students who have recently studied Christology, especially Jesus' fully human, fully divine nature, his historical context, and his relationship to God the Father.

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The Nicene Creed and Commentary

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It includes the word to the Nicene Creed and a commentary on key phrases and lines.

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Vocabulary Review

This review is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it to review key theological terms.

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Interview Questions: Personal Relationship with Jesus

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are to interview an adult in their life whom they know that has a personal relationship with Jesus.

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Overview of Sacraments and Prayer Course

outlines course themes/sessions

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Prayerful Echoes

Class activity/method of prayer, like antiphonal prayer, grow appreciation for and familiarity with scriptural passages or familiar prayers

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Let Your Light Shine: An Overnight Retreat on Self-Esteem

This overnight retreat on self-esteem invites the young people to explore their own personal gifts and encourages them to share those abilities with others. The retreat emphasizes the light of Christ in our Life, the special people who bring us …

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Overview of Jesus the Christ Course

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Overview of God Revelation, and Faith Course

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Faith: Responding to God

Student handout: Puzzles to do after Chapter 7

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Birthday Blessings

Similar to back to school blessing handout. Something you can do at home, "introduce God into your birthday celebrations at home"

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Back-to-School Blessing: A Prayer Service for the Beginning of the School Year

A resource/handout for teachers or catechists. Something fun to do on first day of class, or during the beginning of the new school year.

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Lifehouse's Everything Skit

This skit is a powerful depiction of the human weakness in the face of temptations and the love of Jesus Christ, who conquers sin and death.

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Hourly Prayers for Ash Wednesday

          Opening Prayer We begin this class as we begin all things:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.     Scripture Reading     Working …

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From the Author: Beth Dotson Brown

God is always at work in my life and once in awhile, I am blessed with the knowledge about where God is guiding me precisely when it's happening.So it was in the summer of 2005. As a longtime freelance writer …

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Surprised by the Joyful Mysteries: They Taught Me to Say Yes

For years I fingered my rosary at night when I couldn't sleep, repeating my childhood prayers without thinking much about their meaning. I wasn't even fully aware of the "mysteries" I was supposed to be meditating on; I just wanted …

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A Pauline Prayer Service

Leader. Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. With these words Saint Paul greeted the believers of his time, reminding them of the great gift they had been given in Jesus Christ. Almost two thousand …

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Paul: The Journey to Rome

If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31) In Paul's last trip to Jerusalem to say farewell before leaving to preach in Spain, he was arrested by the Romans. As a Roman citizen, Paul exercised his right …

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Paul: Missionary

[Paul] had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. (Acts of the Apostles 14:27) Known as the apostle to the Gentiles (non-Jews), Paul was a leader in taking the Gospel message beyond Israel. With his trusted companions--Barnabas, John Mark, …

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Paul: Theologian

They were attempting to kill [Paul]. When the believers learned of it . . . they sent him off to Tarsus. (Acts of the Apostles 9:29–30) After his conversion, Paul began to preach, but when it became too dangerous, he …

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Paul: Persecutor of Christians

Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women . . . To prison. (Acts of the Apostles 8:3) Convinced that following the teachings of Jesus was wrong, Paul pursued the early Christians …

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Paul: Religious Zeal

I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. (Galatians 1:14) A tent maker by trade, Paul's Jewish name was Saul. But because Paul …

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Taking Care of Myself: Prayer for Stress Relief

Reflection Sleep is a natural part of everyone's life, but many of us know little about how important it is. Sleep is something our bodies need to do; it is not an option. Sleep does indeed sustain us. Not only …

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Meeting Jesus at the Movies: Cinema Divina for Teachers

One of the most spiritually powerful essays I have ever read is "To Fall in Love with the World: Individualism and Self-Transcendence in American Life" by John M. Staudenmeier, S.J. (Institute of Jesuit Studies, May 1994). The author asks: "How …

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Program aims to get youth excited about Bible

Young people in the diocese are getting excited about Scripture and it's all part of a national effort called "Yes! Youth Engaging Scripture." YES is a Catholic teen-to-teen Bible sharing concept and to date, some 1,800 young people have been …

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A Friend for Life

  Editor's note: The names of the minors in this story have been changed to preserve confidentiality, in accordance with the wishes of Holy Cross Children's Services. DETROIT--When Tonya entered a youth detention home of the Holy Cross Children's Services …

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Leader's Guide for Coyote Meets Jesus

Stories are not just for young children. Everyone loves a good story and good storytelling is a useful tool for teaching. Using folktales as a teaching tool in a catechetical setting or a religion class can help teens understand the …

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National Bible Week: Dei Verbum

November 18, 2006 marked the forty-first anniversary of the approval of the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), a Second Vatican Council document. Dei Verbum was mainly responsible for the explosion of Bible reading and Bible study by Catholics. …

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Prayer Service for Families Coping with Traumatic Events

Gathering Come together as a family. Set aside time for reflection and discussion. Turn off the news for a few moments. Gather together in a circle. Join hands if you wish. Take a moment of silence. Someone may want to …

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When Hope Is Needed

Overview This prayer service is intended to bring hope during times of despair, consolation in times of suffering, and light in times of darkness. It may be used during difficult personal, family, or communal times. It is appropriate for various …

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In Times of Crisis

Overview This prayer service provides an opportunity for prayer and communal support during times of crisis. It may be used when an unexpected death occurs, in the aftermath of a natural disaster (such as a hurricane, a fire, a tornado, …

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A Prayer for His Holiness

Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, We lift up in prayer Pope Francis, The successor of Peter, The Bishop of Rome, Our Holy Father, The Vicar of Christ on Earth. He has been called to lead your Church. Strengthen …

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A Prayer Service For A New Pope

Preparation - Prior to the beginning of prayer, you may select three young people to assist: a presider and two readers. - You will notice that the response to the Litany of the Saints is in both English and Latin. …

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In Memory and Hope: A Prayer Service

Materials Needed incense charcoal brazier or some type of container to hold burning incense candles Music Suggestions "Be Not Afraid," Bob Dufford, Gather Comprehensive (Chicago: GIA Publications, 1994), no. 608. "Grant Us Peace, Lord," Tony Alonso, Fresh As The Morning …

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Advent: Let God be God . . .

----- Being in the wilderness reminds me to let God be God. When I'm at home In the day to day I forget Sometimes I try to make God mine To make God do things the way I think they …

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Where is now thy God? Reflections on Psalm 42:7-10

Where do we find God today? How are we to understand such happenings? Some might respond by saying that everything happens for a reason. I don't buy that. Some might respond by saying that it is all part of God's …

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National Bible Week: Daily Reading - A Gift to Me

A Gift to Me He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34) Throughout this Gospel, Mark shows …

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Thanks Giving

Thanks Giving And now bless the God of all, who everywhere works great wonders, who fosters our growth from birth, and deals with us according to his mercy. (Sirach 50:22) Blessing God and being thankful are two of the most …

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National Bible Week: Daily Reading - Always Loyal

Always Loyal Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9 Such a loving God Moses describes here, …

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National Bible Week: Daily Reading - We Are All Hungry

We Are All Hungry For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. They said to him, Sir, give us this bread always John 6:33,34 At different times we need different …

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The Feast of Saint Cecilia

The Feast of Saint Cecilia "All their neighbors aided them with silver vessels, with gold, with goods,with animals, and with valuable gifts." (Ezra 1:6) Very little is known of Saint Cecilia. It is thought that she was martyred for her …

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National Bible Week: PRIMA Bible Study

THE PRIMA PROCESS Prima is the Latin word for first. In the PRIMA process, each letter of the word stands for a step in reading and studying the Bible individually or with a group. Using the PRIMA process helps you …

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Peace Creed

Writing a Peace Creed (15 minutes) 1. Tell the young people that as much as we might want peace to become a reality in our world, being a peacemaker takes a lot of hard work. The first steps are to …

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Prayer by a High School Senior

Dear God, As I finish my senior year in high school, watch over me. Be with me as I go out in the real world to find myself. Give me the strength I need to stick with my education and …

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I Feel . . .

I feel most happy when the ground is breaking, the dark earth giving way to the warmth of a yellow sun. I feel most content when I breathe the cool air and it runs through my little green veins, giving …

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Prayer: How Will You Know?

Reader 1: When do you decide how you will live? What goes into the thoughts that shape your dreams? Reader 2: For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, Reader 1: Do you know, at …

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Making Discernment a Way of Life

Use these suggestions to integrate discernment into your life. These ideas challenge the common misperception that vocation discernment is a one-time event. Explore and be open to options. Think, "My way may not be the only way." Be aware that …

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Disciple's Prayer

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-5 Presider: God of love, you provide us with light: from the moon and stars at night and the sun by day. By night and by day, your light brings life and makes things grow. It keeps the …

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Family Relationships

Scripture Passage Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"-- this is the first commandment with a promise: "so that it may be well with you and you may live long on …

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Assumption of Mary - Mary as a Disciple

  Begin an exploration of Mary as the first disciple by explaining the word disciple, which means "follower, or one who believes in the teachings of a leader."   Invite the students to examine the ways that Mary was a …

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For Love Is Stronger than Death

(20 minutes) Before the session have the all participants (including the facilitator) bring to the session a personal symbol. This symbol should be an object from among the participant's personal belongings that acts as a reminder of a much loved …

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Handout 1: The Walk to Emmaus

Characters: narrator, Jesus, Cleopas, second disciple Narrator: That very same day, two of the disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking over all that had happened. Now as they …

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Resources for Parents Who Want to View The Passion of the Christ with Their Teenage Children

Things to Remember Film is an art form, and many genres and subgenres exist within film. Comedy is a genre. Within that genre one could name romantic comedies, slapstick comedies, and dark comedies as subgenres. Before reading a piece of …

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Prayers for Reflecting on Christ's Passion

Before the Movie: Loving God, You sent your only Son to show us the way. As we recall and meditate on his crucifixion, help us to recognize the gift you place before us. On the cross Christ washed clean our …

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Praying with John Baptist de la Salle

In reaction to Martin Luther's emphasis on personal reading of the Bible, the Council of Trent discouraged laypeople from meditating on the word of God. Catholics were told to listen to the preaching of their priests, who would explain the …

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Artist Appreciation Month: Graphic Images of Christ's Passion in Art

Mel Gibson is not the first person to shock the public with a graphically violent portrayal of the Passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In 1515, Matthias Grunewald revealed an artwork called The Isenheim Altarpiece to the monks and churchgoers …

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Survival in Youth Ministry

In 1994 Saint Mary's Press published a book called Survival in Youth Ministry, by Robert J. McCarty, executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. As youth ministry continues to mature in the United States, we would like …

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Gethsemane - Prayer Service

(15 minutes) Before the session have your students do the Reflection Exercise: My Least Answerable Questions. If you do not plan on reading the Scripture passage (Mark 14:32-42) yourself, use the break time to ask a young person to read …

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Reflection Exercise: My Least Answerable Questions

(5 minutes) 1. Introduce this exercise by reiterating the idea that death is mystery and that since the beginning of time, people of all ages, cultures, and races have asked tough questions about death. Jesus himself struggled with such questions. …

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Unbound!

  OVERVIEW Praying for forgiveness sets us free. In this prayer the young people experience this message through a ritual of reconciliation. This strategy, which is ideal for a retreat or as a conclusion to a session on forgiveness, allows …

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The Power of Song

(25-35 minutes) Preparation Bring in a recording of an African American sacred song, or invite a local gospel choir or your school or parish choir to come in and perform such a song. A good resource for music is Lead …

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Lenten Nails: A Reflection Exercise for Lent

OVERVIEW This two-part reflection exercise allows the young teens to evaluate their behaviors and attitudes and admit their faults, throughout Lent. The exercise is introduced at the beginning of Lent and concludes before Easter. Suggested Time: Approximately 10 minutes for …

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Ashes to Reconciliation: A Reconciliation Prayer for Lent

OVERVIEW This prayer can be used during the first week of Lent or any time the sacrament of Reconciliation (also called the sacrament of Penance) is discussed or celebrated. Suggested Time: 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of …

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Presidents' Day

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2) These words from Genesis are the words spoken by God to Abraham, a …

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February 14: Saint Valentine's Day

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19) We celebrate loving and being loved on this special day. Of course most of us find it easier to love someone who loves us first, and that's what this verse …

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February 12: Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "Yes" be yes and your "No" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. (James 5:12) We …

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January 22: Reflection on Roe vs. Wade

I walked with George the other day, And this is what he had to say: "If this is what its come to, then I'm glad that I've passed on. For the foundation laid so long ago apparently is gone. What …

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Epiphany: Following the Star

Scripture Isaiah 60:1-6. Camels bringing gold and frankincense will follow the light. Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6. The Gentiles are heirs with the Jews. Matthew 2:1-12. Astrologers followed the star, found Jesus, and brought him gifts. Theme Isaiah foretold that nations would gather …

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Artist Appreciate Month: Finding Christian Art Resources on the Web

Teachers and catechists with the capacity for projecting computer images on a screen can find an enormous amount of Christian art on the World Wide Web. Educators are encouraged to be aware of fair use and other copyright laws, respect …

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Advent: Saint Joseph and Jesus

This can be easily adapted to a video call.  1. Gather the group in a circle for a moment of silence. Light the candle and read these passages about Joseph in the Gospel of Matthew (1:18-21 and 2:13-15). Ask the …

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Month of the Rosary: Our Lady of Perpetual Help

One of the most enduring Marian images is that of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This familiar painting appears to be a single frame taken from a larger action. The image has the child Jesus in the arms of Mary; …

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December 12: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8–9) In December 1531 Mary appeared to …

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Instruments of God's Grace

May this selection, from Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God encourage and inspire you in your good work!  

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The Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher

THE TWELVE VIRTUES OF A GOOD TEACHER In 1706, John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, listed twelve virtues of a good teacher in his Conduct of the Christian Schools. In 1785, Brother Agathon, the fifth superior general …

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Prayer Service in Memory of Pope Saint John Paul II

Preparation For this prayer service you will need four candles, a presider, and two readers. The Summons to Prayer Presider: At the seventeenth World Youth Day, Pope John Paul II said to the young people: "When the light fades or …

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Mass to Commemorate and Celebrate the Life of Pope Saint John Paul II

In light of the Pope's passing, this Mass script offers an order of service with prayers, music suggestions, intercessions, and other materials that will make planning a meaningful celebration as simple as possible when time is limited. This Mass can …

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Back to School: Intentions for the Start of the School Year

Please respond "Lord hear our prayer" Let us pray for all Believers around the world and those who seek Christ, that they may receive blessings and open their hearts to God's word… We pray to the Lord For all experiencing …

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Back to School: Prayer for the Start of the School Year

Loving God, Our creator, our savior, our companion, bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today. Refresh our souls and renew our spirits as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to. We welcome …

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Back to School: Latin 101

Invite your class or each student to create a motto for the year in terms of positive faith growth over the course of the year. Your students are most likely familiar with the tradition of mottos or creeds in Latin. …

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God's Work or My Work? What is Ministry to Teens?

It had been a very successful year for the youth ministry program in the parish. Young people where involved everywhere in the church, adult volunteers were both plentiful and dedicated, and young people were being transformed. But I was perplexed. …

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Contemporary Music, Ageless Wisdom: Using the Language of Teens to Speak the Gospel

It is no secret that teens are absolutely immersed in music. The question for those ministering to youth is, "Should we make a stance against the kinds of music kids are listening to or should we use their music to …

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Month of the Rosary: Share the Rosary

For a class or group project make rosaries for a group of elementary students preparing to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time. Rosaries can be made from beads found at craft stores or by tying knots …

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Sub Tuum Praesidium: The Most Ancient Marian Prayer

The oldest known prayer to Mary is the Sub Tuum Praesidium. It was discovered in Egypt on a fragment of papyrus. It is believed the prayer dates back to mid-late 200's A.D. The prayer follows: We fly to your patronage, …

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Month of the Rosary: Queen of the Rosary Prayer Service

Leader +In the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. All Amen Opening Song Leader Join us, Queen of the Rosary, as we offer praise to our Father All Join us, Queen of the …

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Month of the Rosary: Scriptural Rosary

With the monumental addition of the Luminous Mysteries, there are now twenty mysteries in the Rosary. For the month of October - the month of the Rosary-- one can now take one day with each mystery. While the following format …

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Lectio Divina: Praying with the Scriptures

The Scriptures is one of the greatest riches possessed by Christians. Often attributed to Saint Jerome, there is the saying that "ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of God". However, Catholics are often less comfortable and deft with Scripture than Protestant …

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Right Here, Right Now

Holiness is an easy endeavor. At least the spiritual writer, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, believes that is the case. In his book Abandonment to Divine Providence, de Caussade urges his readers to live in the moment and do what is right. …

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Youth Prayer Habits

Through a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has established the National Study of Youth & Religion at the Odum Institute for Research and the Social Sciences. In there preliminary findings of existing …

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To Youth: Be Peacemakers, Be Builders of a Better World

VATICAN CITY, SEP 23, 2001 (VIS) - The Holy Father arrived at Eurasia University in Astana at 6:30 p.m. today and, following a tour of the campus, held a meeting with young people in the university’s Great Hall. About 8,500 …

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Papal Plea: Never Use Religion as a Reason for Conflict

VATICAN CITY, SEP 23, 2001 (VIS) - John Paul II traveled this morning from Astana’s apostolic nunciature to the Square of the Motherland, where at 10:30 a.m. he celebrated Mass with the ordinaries of Kazakhstan, guest bishops and priests working …

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Saint John Paul II: Statement on the Tragedy, 12 September 2001

I cannot begin this audience without expressing my profound sorrow at the terrorist attacks which yesterday brought death and destruction to America, causing thousands of victims and injuring countless people. To the President of the United States and to all …

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A Letter to Young People from the President of Saint Mary’s Press

Dear young friends, The recent, tragic events continue to leave us all shocked, confused, scared, and sorrowful. At this time, nothing is more important than to turn our hearts to Jesus. Perhaps, we can find comfort in the words of …

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Why Is the World the Way It Is?

Why is the world the way it is? Why is it full of wrong? Why are her eyes so big? Why is his neck so long? Why is she so dark? Why am I so light? Why is she called …

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My Heaven

As I lay awake And watch the time go by, I wonder as I shed another tear: If only there were no hatred, No violence, no war . . . And all that was left was Love and happiness . …

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Hear the Cries of the Victims of Violence

Almighty God, Hear the cries of the victims of violence. Find a place of peace for those who are troubled and in harm's way. Let those whose violence has roots in addiction to harmful substances seek help before they hurt …

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Save Me, O God

Save me, O God, . . . I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. (Psalm 69:1-2) God, so many pressures seem too difficult to deal with. From parents to school to just growing up, I …

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Every Day Things Occur in This World That Shake My Faith

Every day things occur in this world that shake my faith and test my beliefs. I see things happening like famine and civil wars, and things that hit close to home like cancer and AIDS. I find myself constantly questioning …

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Worldwide Prayer

Overview This outdoor prayer exercise is based on the belief that prayer is effective and blessings can travel like ripples all the way around the world. The young people form four small groups as part of a wider circle that …

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When Tragedy Challenges Faith

When a Natural Disaster Strikes Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and floods can challenge our trust and belief in God. We may ask: How could a loving God let bad things happen? How could God let us down …

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September 11: Prayer Service for Families Coping with the Tragedy

Gathering Come together as a family. Set aside time for reflection and discussion. Turn off the news for a few moments. Gather together in a circle. Join hands if you wish. Take a moment of silence. Someone may want to …

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Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

This is a day of national tragedy. Though we do not yet know its full extent, we mourn those who have lost their lives and pray for their eternal rest and for the consolation of their families. We pray for …

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Our Hands, God's Hands

In this prayer service, students consider the power of our own hands as the hands God uses, as well as the work of God's hands. 1. To prepare for this prayer experience, place some oil in a bowl. Cover a …

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I Say to You, Love Your Enemies

I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends …

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Love is not for the lovely alone

Love is not for the lovely alone; love is for those who need it; those who have heard the Master's call, yet, somehow, failed to heed it. They are the envious, they are the cruel, the vindictive, and the greedy; …

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Help Me

Oh God, please help me with this anger. Every time it happens it is something new. It's an ocean unexplored that Cannot be tamed or touched by anyone. Please help me in rough times, for I know you will. I …

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September 11: In Memory and In Hope: A Prayer Gathering

Materials Needed newsprint masking tape markers reflective music candles Preparation Prior to the beginning of the prayer service, set up several areas for small groups of five to seven people to cluster around. Each area should have a piece newsprint …

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September 11: In Memory and In Hope: A Liturgical Gathering

Materials Needed incense charcoal brazier or some type of container to hold burning incense candles Music Suggestions "Be Not Afraid," Bob Dufford, Gather Comprehensive (Chicago: GIA Publications, 1994), no. 608. "Grant Us Peace, Lord," Tony Alonso, Fresh As The Morning …

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A Prayer Invoking Peace

(For use before a meeting or gathering of youth workers.) Song "Give Us Your Peace," by Michael Mahler, Give Your Gifts: The New Songs (Chicago: GIA Publications, 2001). Leader: As we begin this meeting, let us begin with peace. Please …

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The attacks of September 11 were a horrible tragedy . . .

The attacks of September 11 were a horrible tragedy that hit the United States out of nowhere. My prayers and the prayers of people all over the world go out to not only the ones directly affected but to America …

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Innocence was bliss . . .

Innocence was bliss But it's so different after this I know we're not untouchable But we'll prove to be unbeatable So put back on your smiles and say, "Tomorrow will be a wonderful day."

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For the innocent, that they may gain their angel wings . . . .

For the innocent, that they may gain their angel wings. For the unbreakable souls, that they will always persevere. For the ones left behind, may they find comfort in God, and know those lost are always with them. Also that …

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Holy Father, We sincerely pray . . .

Holy Father, We sincerely pray for all the innocent victims of the US tragedy. For those families whose loved ones have been lost, may they find consolation and happiness in you. Give them strength and fill them with your Holy …

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Lord, help us not to blame . . .

Lord, help us not to blame those because of their misguided heritage. But to learn to lead them toward their own salvation. Let us not think of this as a tragedy, but as a chance to overcome and conquer fear. …

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As we stand at judgment's door . . .

As we stand at judgment’s door, lead us down the path that is straight. Follow our dreams and ambitions. Help us to realize our fate. Here O Lord is where you are needed. Allow the good memories to live on. …

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Lord and lover of this world . . .

Lord and lover of this world: Help us to remember that we are people of faith, hope, and love. We are people of faith, there is no need to fear; We are people of hope, there is no need to …

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We pray for peace in our hearts . . .

We pray for peace in our hearts as we begin this new day. We remember all those who have died, their families and friends, in this tragedy beyond comprehension. Give us the courage and the strength to reach out to …

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We all have crosses to bear . . . .

Inspired by Psalm 6 We all have crosses to bear. Some crosses are heavier than others, and like the psalmist, we ask God to deliver us from them. Lord, deliver me from fear, the fear that comes from within. Protect …

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God, I would like to pray that joy can overcome sadness . . . .

God, I would like to pray that joy can overcome sadness. I would like to pray that comfort can eliminate fear. I would like to pray that love can overpower the anger and hatred residing in our hearts. I would …

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May the Lord have mercy on all our souls . . .

May the Lord have mercy on all our souls and help us to find the strength to forgive the terrorists who have hurt us all deeply. May the Lord also forgive us, for we aren't perfect and never will be. …

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Dear God... Prayer after 9-11

Dear God, I want to pray for all those people who were touched by the tragedy on September 11. I hear all the stories that are being told by the families of the victims. They are so sad. I am …

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The tragic events that took place on September 11 . . .

The tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001, have shaken our world and turned people's lives upside down. No one understands how or why this has happened to us. Lord, I am scared for our country, our people, …

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Dear Lord... Prayer of Gratitude

Dear Lord, Thank you for being with us this day as we continue to rebuild our lives. Please remind us that we always need you in our lives in order for us to love more openly, to forgive more freely, …

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September 11: Dear God, Please comfort our nation . . .

Dear God, Please comfort our nation in this time of sorrow. Please be with the families who have lost a loved one, our leaders that they may make the right decisions, and all Americans that we may come together and …

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September 11: This Is How I Want to Remember the Twin Towers.

My God; My God, So much hate displayed in this moment's act, It was hard for me to bear. But then you sent your Son, Jesus, to cry with me, How calming was the feeling. Dear Jesus, teach me to …

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Incarnation

Life's seamless robe Rent with cavernous holes Of hate and fear; Torn by bombs That turn to rubble The warp and woof Of lives; Ripped by whispers that shred With caustic tears The threads that love once wove And leave …

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September 11: Aftermath

Horror haunts my heart, And tears and fears crawl daily Through the streets that are my life. The fumes of fear seep slowly through my pores. I choke And cry And strangle On images of fire and of hate, Exploding, …

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September 11: Bring Peace to the World and Honor Heroes

As we remember the attacks of September 11, 2001, we remember that our world is both troubled and filled with heroes. We offer the following suggestions to bring peace to the world and to honor heroes. Suggestions for the individual …

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A Listening Session for Teens on the Mishandling of Sexual Abuse by Clergy

Materials Needed * a 3-by-5-inch index card for each young person * a pencil for each young person * prayer materials (Select one of the "Options for Ritual Actions" below.) * 3 readers for the closing prayer                                                                                                                 * handouts …

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Be Reconciled

Call to presence• Let us remember that the Prince of Peace dwells among us at this moment. • God, source of forgiveness and reconciliation, be with us now as we pray. • Forgiving God, be with us now. Prayers 2 …

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Burdened with Sin

Adapted from Psalm 65:2-3All of us sin. Virtue eludes us. As the psalmist says: "All flesh comes to God burdened with sin, overwhelmed with failings. Even so, God pardons human shortcomings." God, we do wrong in a million ways, some …

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Do Not Judge

Luke 6:37 Jesus warned his followers: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Merciful God, we find it easy to pass judgment on …

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Moral Decision Making and Real-Life Applications

If you have used the Saint Mary's Press textbook Growing in Christian Morality, then you're familiar with the LISTEN process for making moral decisions. The process is introduced in the textbook and is used throughout the companion student casebook. LISTEN …

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Wrestling with Diversity

How do we welcome non-Christians into our schools and our religion classrooms, and at the same time give witness to our own Christ-centered faith? How do we invite students to learn from and respect other faith traditions without sending the …

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The Meal Ministry of Jesus

Ask the students to recall their favorite meal celebration. What made it so special? What was the occasion? Where were they? Who was present? What did they eat? What else happened there? Invite them to share with the class the …

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Waiting for God

One day last week, I was sitting at breakfast with the three sisters I live with in Seattle. They are members of the Congregation of Saint Joseph of Peace. It was an ordinary morning at breakfast. Nothing unusual happened. I …

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Peaceful and Loving Advice

Peace to this household of God. This is one of the directives in Luke 10:1-20. Stay in a house that offers peace; it is good to be in this house of God. I had surgery back in May for the …

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What Time Is It?

What Time Is It? I have a feeling that the disciples asked Jesus, "What time is it?" quite a bit in the Gospels. What time is it? How can we tell God's time here on earth? Those are simple questions …

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You Were Called

The shadows are falling, and they are lush. The curtains are closing, the audiences hush. Your life's dawning was so long ago. All experiences mesh with vast undertow. You were called, but the voice was faint. No one called you …

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Pentecost Reflection

There is a vocal exercise I do with my choir every time we gather for rehearsal. It's very simple. I ask them to take in a deep breath and sigh. Take a moment to breathe deeply and sigh. This warm-up …

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My God Is Still Working

My God is working still, and I am working. God's mercy and promise can be found in the Book of Isaiah. These images of God's goodness are breathtaking, especially as we await spring weather. We are assured of God's mercy. …

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Maturing in Faith

Have you ever heard a parent say something like,"People should decide for themselves how to express their faith and what church to belong to. So we don't make our kids go to Mass on Sunday. When they get old enough, …

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Leadership and Service

Back in July, all the conditions seemed ideal for my first attempt at climbing Mount Rainier. I was in the best physical shape possible. I was emotionally and spiritually ready to climb Tahoma, the "Mountain of God." The weather that …

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Excerpts from Listen for a Whisper: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections by Girls

God is with her. God works for her. God fills her. God chooses her. God accepts her. God praises her. God listens to her. God cries with her. God knows her. God loves her. We are her. Quotes taken from …

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Listening to the Voices of Girls

God is with her. God works for her. God fills her. God chooses her. God accepts her. God praises her. God listens to her. God cries with her. God knows her. God loves her. We are her. In eleven short …

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The Color Purple

A CAUTIONARY NOTE: One of the criticisms of The Color Purple is that it depicts the men in the story as primarily abusive. Also, this movie is PG-13, mostly because of the violence and strong language. We recommend the movie …

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The Sacred Ground of the Mountains

I came to know the mountains of Washington long before I moved here a couple of years ago. I first fell in love with this area back in 1984 when I came to visit my sister and brother-in-law right after …

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Let the Church Say Amen

Amen is a cry of complete reliance, of heartfelt abandonment to something or someone that is true and trustworthy. THE TWO-SYLLABLE WORD COULD BE HEARD by all in the front quarter of the sizeable church. It was said by a …

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Don't Cancel that Guilt Trip

A few weeks ago it was brought home to me how strongly our society has rejected the idea of struggling with one's conscience as necessary or beneficial. I was teaching Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple (Harbrace, 1982), and the …

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Young People's Beginning Experience

By now, divorce has touched the lives of many people in the United States--either directly or through a friend or relative. For a child or teenager, divorce can rip apart a comfortable home, leaving behind guilt, anger and depression. Today, …

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Jesus Always Liked You Best

Martha, Martha, you are anxious about many things . . ." Okay, I admit it up front. I am a recovering Martha. I like to think I'm on the road to Mary who has chosen the better part, but I …

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Who's Sorry Now?

For those of us old enough to remember, the phrase, "Love means never having to say you're sorry," produces a wry smile. It takes but a moment of reflection to realize the profound untruth of this statement. Life without "I'm …

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Thinking Catholic

Thinking Catholic is a mind-set, an attitude of the heart, a bundle of insights and presumptions and priorities that are derived from faith. In our American society people used to agree that abortion was criminal, that divorce was bad, that …

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Finding God in Silence

If you are feeling unfulfilled in your prayer life, take heart. This author says sometimes all it takes to is to be silent and listen. IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE IN A RUT? Are there days when you feel like quitting …

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Everyday Works of Mercy

Are you more Christian than you give yourself credit for being? My belief is that there are many like that--that many dedicated Christian people have compartmentalized their lives and have excluded important and central areas of their lives from what …

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What's God Like?

God's creatures draw upon images and symbols, concepts and narratives--all to know their Creator better. I was 8 years old that day I nervously tiptoed into our living room. My mother was opening the drapes, flooding the room with light. …

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Five prayers Catholics can take to heart

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God. --Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God …

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O Lord, Hear My Cry

"I'm going for a walk," I declared, not caring if my husband actually heard me or not. I slammed the front door behind me and marched angrily out of our home, strutting down the walkway and into the street, oblivious …

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A Note on Kneeling

IT WASN'T UNTIL I COULD NO LONGER kneel that I began to savor the lovely simplicity of this ancient act, and guess at its provenance, and savor its humility, and notice it not only in Mass but in many other …

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Letting Go and Letting God

*last name has been changed for this article Bernie Fenton* never minded that his office overlooked a cemetery. In fact, he kind of liked it. He'd glance up from his desk now and then catching glimpses of friends and family …

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Meeting the Rhinoceros

Thomas Merton makes a valuable role model for the spiritual journey of the adolescent rhinoceros. At times even the most optimistic teacher may despair of the possibility of ever communicating meaningfully with adolescents. The significant number of developmental tasks facing …

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The Spirituality of Work

Teachers who structure justice into their workday lives model a moral vision for their students. I requested a review copy of all religion textbooks used in Catholic high schools some years ago and scoured over 30 books looking for references …

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Thomas Merton: Something of a Rebel

One of the world’s leading Merton experts takes another look at the monk who changed the course of American spirituality from his monastery cell. ON A RECENT VISIT to a secondhand bookstore in a Midwestern city, I found an exceptionally …

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Give Penance a Chance

Think back to the last time you did something that hurt someone, even if it wasn't intentional. How did you make amends? Did you apologize? Did you offer to make it up to them in some way? If so, then …

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Columbine High's Selfless Heroes

The stories of Columbine's heroes rise like a "tide of inspiration" for this Denver mother. Starting the third laundry load, I pause, puzzled by a pin on my daughter's t-shirt. At 14, she tosses shirts into the hamper with glad …

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Dance: An Awakening

Ms. Sawaya Lamb teaches dance at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Wagoner, a former technical director at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, is now assistant principal at Saint Vincent School in Salt Lake City. …

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Our Father, Our Mother

Our Father, Our Mother, so wholly in heaven, so on-the-way, so be-coming in every him-her-you-me that ever on earth was, is, will-be, knead us every this-day into one bread.

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Litany of Forgiveness

Before the session, cut out each of the eight prayers and accompanying Scripture passages. Place each slip of paper in a separate small envelope and seal it. There are times at school, at home, at work, or in a group …

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Litany for the Ordinary

Mary, queen of the ordinary-- queen of spinning wheel and loom who wove from ordinary stuff the flawless fabric of God's humanness; queen whose pregnancy put Joseph's other plans aside and sent his saw singing into cradlewood; queen of water …

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Hands

Focusing Scripture I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. (Isaiah 49:15–16) Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, "Now I have …

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Glorious Nature

Theme: Francis proclaimed, "We are sister and brother to animals and plants, water and soil, earth and sky." Just as we meet the dancer in her dance, the painter in his art, and the poet in her finely crafted words, so …

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From Isolation to Liberation

At the age of ten, I was diagnosed with pre-leukemia. Before being diagnosed I had to undergo numerous blood tests and very painful bone marrow tests. These tests continued after the diagnosis. I had to miss the last part of …

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Ideas for Teaching Feminine Spirituality

In 1994, I started teaching a course on women's spirituality for seniors at Holy Names High School, an all-girls school in Oakland, California. Finding materials for such a class was a challenge. No textbooks or other resources existed that were …

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Using Literature in Theology Classes

Editor's note: The author of our feature article, Kathleen Hodapp, was one of the participants in last summer's workshop "The Catholic High School As Faith Community," held here in Winona, Minnesota, as well as on the East Coast and the …

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The Harvest Is Abundant: Reflections on a Spirituality of Service

Service is a golden word these days. Everybody's doing it: governmental bodies, schools, churches, even neighborhoods and families. Court sentencing frequently includes community service, the federal government holds service up as a value in programs such as Americorps, and state …

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Leading Students to Hermitage:

Editor's note: A few months ago I met (by mail and phone) Sr. Mary Farrell, SC, who has taught at Saint Peter's High School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for thirty-six years. Much of that time, she taught French and …

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Forms for the Hermitage Experience

For more information see Leading Students to Hermitage. Preparation for Hermitage Dear __________________________, Your day for hermitage is _____________________ in the MORNING at 8:00 a.m. or AFTERNOON at 1:40 p.m. To come to hermitage, you must do the following things: …

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Helping Students Get the Most Out of Stories

For the past six years I have been researching the power of stories for communicating Catholic religious and moral values. At the same time, I have been experimenting with stories in my high school classroom (tenth- and twelfth-grade classes in …

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Building Faith Community in the High School

In a workshop entitled "The Catholic High School as Faith Community," religion teachers, campus ministers, and school administrators discussed, among many things, the obstacles they face in trying to build faith community in their school. One obstacle they addressed was …

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Growing as a Faith Community

Over the past nine years as a campus minister and theology teacher at Saint John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, I have witnessed and been part of the growth of our school toward the ideal of being a Christian …

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Schoolwide Prayer in the Words of "Me"

What distinguishes a Catholic school from a public school? The obvious answer is that, at least potentially, a Catholic school is a faith community. Whether it is truly a faith community depends on more than the offering of religion courses, …

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Stations of the Cross by Students: New Light on an Old Tradition

A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place, undertaken for a spiritual purpose. A pilgrimage in our modern age could take many forms. For the season of Lent last year, I invited my junior ethics classes to make a …

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Questions for God

In a course on faith that he teaches at De La Salle Academy in New York City, David Detje, FSC, uses the film Oh, God! to shake up the students' notions of what God is like. He has gotten some …

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All Is Beautiful Before Me

The following prayer service, sent to us by Cheryl Erb, RSM, author of our feature article in this issue, was prepared by the Racism Committee of the Sisters of Mercy of Cincinnati as a way of commemorating the quincentenary. For …

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Expect Much, Praise Much, Be Present to Them

Course materials, such as the high school religion textbooks and teacher's manuals published by Saint Mary's Press, are a significant ingredient in the education of our young people. But we all know that the most important factor in a student's …

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August 15: Assumption of Mary - Mary Poem

No milk-faced maiden in a soft robe for a desert god, No You needed someone more Your size who cared about Your chosen ones as much as You who constantly insisted that You listen to their cries And, once the …

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We Come to the Feast

Recently I have been paying attention to where and with whom I have shared meals over the past several weeks. Now I must confess that for the most part my dining habits have consisted of special meals on a tray …

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A New Look at the Sower and the Seeds

This is the text of a reflection given at the opening prayer service of the school year. The concept is interesting and could work well in a classroom or retreat setting. Scattered them wildly about (see Matt. 13:1-53; Mark 4:1-34; …

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Praying the Psalms

Remember the television show from the late 80's called "Doogie Howser, M.D.?" At the end of every show, Doogie would sit down at his computer and write a 2 or 3 sentence "blurb" that perfectly summed up his day and …

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Color the Moment

Well, here we are at the end of an incredible school year. It seems like everyone I've been talking with this week remarks on how quickly the year has gone. "It seems like only yesterday that we were walking in …

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Catholic Identity

For a couple of years, Saint Mary's Press sponsored a listserv discussion group online. Discussions on a variety of topics were pursued via e-mail. In this article I hope to summarize some of the highlights from postings on the timely …

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