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Theology of the Body Building Blocks for Tots

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Children learn by doing. Take sharing, for example. Here’s what doesn’t work:

Son, I’ve asked you to sit down with me today to discuss the multifaceted benefits of sharing, both for the individual who shares and for the community concerned with fairness. I realize you’re only two years old [stop chewing on that electric cord, please], but I believe even you can learn to appreciate why [seriously, that’s dangerous–put down the cord] sharing will enrich your young life.

Here’s what works better:

[Prying toy out of two-year-old’s death grip] Honey, we’re going to give this little girl a turn with the toy. Why don’t you sing the ABC song with me? When we’re done with the song, she’ll give the toy back so you can have another turn.

The detached exploration of abstract principles has its place, but typically not with young children. Children are concrete thinkers. Effective parents embrace that fact and use immediate, hands-on opportunities to help children grow.

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A Beautiful Move of the Holy Spirit

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Vatican II can be properly understood only as being in continuity with the church's millennial traditions, not as a radical break with the past. Pope Benedict
Man likes to be in control, even of God. Of course, most of us would deny trying to box in the Almighty because we realize how ridiculous this sounds.  Yet because we really do not like to change, we end up resisting even God.  We like our comfort zone. We especially don't like the rug ripped from under us and that is usually how God must most often snag our attention.
God is not stagnant. He is not the God of the past, but God of the present,  alive, a dynamic powerhouse seeking to heal, transform and draw us ever closer to His heart.
This week I was wondering why so many Traditionalists are against Vatican II, labelling all the popes which came after as illegitimate and even heretics, especially Pope Francis. When I researched the question, an insightful homily popped up by Pope Francis from May 29, 2013.
 He called ou…

'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.' Sunday Reflections, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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'I die His Majesty's good servant - but God's first.' St Thomas More A Man for all Seasons Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) GospelMatthew 22:15-21 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition: Canada)  Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said.So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius.Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’…