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What Would You Do if Jesus Came to Visit? |

"Jesus?" by Isaac Torrontera (2012) via Flickr, CC By-NC-SA 2.0

I love the concept of this article. It would be a great children’s book! If we carried this image with us each day, think how it would change our world. Each day we can put Jesus right there as we make our daily decisions. Yes, he is already right here and we can ponder “What would Jesus think” just like the motto several years ago “What would Jesus do”. Thinking about his reaction to today and our lives only brings him closer and deeper into our heart and soul. Enjoy this read.

What Would You Do if Jesus Came to Visit? |

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Putting On the Armor of God

New book out on Amazon Putting On the Armor of God.

When we live in the Truth of God and his will, we are surrounded by abundant love.

We are given the tools such as: The Belt of Truth or The Shield of Faith, to stand strong against the evil forces and lies.

In Ephesians 6:10-18 we prepare ourselves for the battle from the words of St. Paul to the Ephesians.

Putting On the Armor of God is a great book for families to read together. Alongside with The Bible, parents can discuss each tool and what it means to them. The back of the book gives activities to incorporate each tool. You can even add your own fun ways to reinforce the Armor of God.

Great book for Bible study and PRE classes.

To purchase you can go to Amazon or click this link.

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The New, the Old and what now?

We as Catholic’s are so blessed to have our new Pope Francis. As many have said, he is already showing us by example humility. As if we hadn’t already been given that demonstration by Pope Emeritus Benedict’s stepping down to go in seclusion and pray for us. So we have the old and the new now what? We are still in Lent and expect the gifts to come with the Risen Lord. Yet this Lenten time is also a learning time to help us get closer to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pride is an ugly thing when you witness it. Pride is the opposite of humility. Look to yourself and see if you have any pride going on that is affecting your family. Ask yourself ‘Do I always have to be right?’ ‘Do I feel I have to be understood?’ Do I think I am better than others?’ Do I want approval of others first?’ Do I put my needs above Our Heavenly Fathers?’ If we begin here to look at pride in our home, we begin to mend and heal that which is not of God. Even thought this Lent is almost over, as we accept the old and welcome the new, let’s remove the pride that exists within so that we can humble ourselves before the LordImage.  


Thank You, Papa

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Life Teen Published on Feb 26, 2013

“The Church needs your faith, your idealism, and your generosity, so that she can always be young in Spirit.” – Pope Benedict XVI

We at Life Teen remember and honor the legacy of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for his service to the Church and to his unfailing commitment to leading teens closer to Christ.