Bite-Sized Faith – Words of wisdom on Catholic youth and parenting by various contributing authors.

4 Dec, 2017

Advent in the home: “I found Jesus!”

2017-08-28T14:52:15+00:00 Dec 4th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , |0 Comments

“I found Jesus!” proudly proclaimed my daughter. We weren’t hosting a revival in the living room, rather, a quick search in the basement for our errant plastic Savior for the nativity set. She reverently handed the figurine to me and pulled out the rest of the set before trudging upstairs to play with it. The [...]

27 Nov, 2017

Was Jesus Catholic?

2017-08-28T14:50:07+00:00 Nov 27th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

My mom had great news to share as I walked in the door.  “You’ll never guess what Lucas said,” she bragged. “He said that Jesus is Cath-o-lick.” And she beamed as she said this.  It was as if my four-year-old had found the cure for cancer. “That’s great, Mom.” I replied, trying to keep my [...]

20 Nov, 2017

How my Thanksgiving will be different this year

2017-08-28T14:44:02+00:00 Nov 20th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

When someone mentions the Thanksgiving holiday, what words come to mind? If asking a child, they may say, “turkey, pilgrims, or pumpkins.” From an adult we might hear “feast, family, or football.” For many, including myself, it seems that the word that should be first and foremost is often not. That word is, “God.” We [...]

13 Nov, 2017

You gotta know when it’s time to retreat

2017-10-25T15:11:33+00:00 Nov 13th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

As Jesus began His ministry, He took some time to Himself and retreated from society to find a quiet place.  He entered the desert and began a nice long discussion with His Father. Before He did any of His ministerial work, before He performed any miracles, before he recruited any of His Apostles, He took [...]

6 Nov, 2017

Images of God the Father

2017-08-28T14:38:29+00:00 Nov 6th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

God as Father is an image throughout scripture. We pray, "Our Father, who art in heaven," with great familiarity. How is God like a father? More importantly, how does a father help shape our image of God? Each of us has a human father, and they vary in size, strength, ability, and character. But they [...]

30 Oct, 2017

Who will you see when you go to heaven?

2017-08-28T14:32:23+00:00 Oct 30th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , |0 Comments

Have you ever thought about who you would see when you get to Heaven? I mean beyond God, Mary, and the Saints? I’m talking about the people that you knew from here on earth. For me I can’t wait to see my mom, my grandparents, my friend, Ellen, and finally, Fr. John Cullen. I think [...]

23 Oct, 2017

How to teach your kids to make Holy choices

2017-10-25T10:24:19+00:00 Oct 23rd, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

Every Friday, as my students exit my classroom at the end of each period, I shout at them, “Have a great weekend, and make holy choices!”  I’ve said it so many times that the students now respond with, “We know...  holy choices!” as soon as I chime “Have a great weekend!” Holy vs. good There [...]

16 Oct, 2017

How NOT to evangelize

2017-10-24T12:38:13+00:00 Oct 16th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: |0 Comments

Virtually everywhere I go I get asked for some quick and easy tips to get someone's loved one(s) back to Church. My answer is always the same -- love Jesus more tomorrow than you did today. To often, with our loved ones, we make evangelization about saying the right thing, or worse, simply winning the [...]

9 Oct, 2017

How Friday the 13th changed my life

2017-10-09T10:59:56+00:00 Oct 9th, 2017|Categories: Bite-Sized Faith for Parents, Blogs|Tags: , |0 Comments

Friday the 13th is considered by many to be an unlucky day.  I never really paid particular attention to the date until my life changed forever on Friday, May 13, 2011, with a cancer diagnosis -- a cancer that was rare and difficult to treat. Within less than a week, I had already been referred [...]