Faith and Family is a weekly column by Lani Bogart, in which she provides practical ways to connect the Sunday readings, especially the Gospel, to the lives of families. Lani oversees all things catechetical at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and co-leads the Committee to Serve Wives and Widows of Deacons for the Diocese of Phoenix.

God is not in a hurry!

07-23-2017Faith and Family

Today’s readings show us that God is not in a hurry! It is dangerous to make judgments based on first impressions, before the proper amount of time has passed. No, God is not in a hurry. In our world today—fast is good, instant is better. Slow down and talk about one or more of today’s parables with your family. Let Jesus’ words sink in and renew your mind. What do these parables teach about time? About judging too soon? About letting God do his hidden work in us in His own time?

¡Las lecturas de hoy nos  muestranque Dios no tiene prisa! Es peligroso hacer juicios basados en las primeras impresiones, antes de que haya pasado un tiempo apropiado. No, Dios no tiene prisa. En nuestro mundo de hoy, rápido es bueno, instantáneo es mejor. Reduzca la velocidad y hable de una o más de las parábolas de hoy con su familia. Deje que las palabras de Jesús inunden y renueven su mente. ¿Qué enseñan estas parábolas sobre el tiempo? ¿Sobre juzgar demasiado pronto? ¿Sobre dejar que Dios haga su obra oculta en nosotros en Su tiempo?

Childlike Qualities

07-09-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus praises God, the Father for hiding things from the wise and learned and revealing them to the childlike. What childlike qualities open us to receive from God? Maybe humility, which allows us the freedom to be who we are and not pretend to be better or worse than we are. Or perhaps joy and gratitude for simple gifts. Take some time to see and name the childlike qualities in each member of your family and praise God together for his goodness!

En el Evangelio de este domingo, Jesús alaba a Dios Padre por es- conder cosas a los sabios y revelarselas a los niños. ¿Qué cualidades infantiles abrimos para recibir de Dios? Tal vez la humildad, que nos permite la libertad de ser quien somos y no pretender ser mejor o peor de lo que somos. O tal vez alegría y gratitud por regalos simples. Tómese un tiempo para ver y nombrar las cualidades infantiles en cada miembro de su familia y alaben juntos a Dios por su bondad!

Do Not Fear

07-02-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Can you find four reasons in today's first reading that we do not need to be afraid? In the Psalm find three more reasons not to fear. Then in the Gospel Jesus warns us against fear three times. "Fear no one." "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul." "So, do not be afraid."

The one thing we should be afraid of is "the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." The Church teaches that the stubborn refusal to repent from sin and trust in God is the one thing that can destroy both soul and body.

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Do Not Be Afraid

06-25-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Can you find four reasons in to day's first reading that we do not need to be afraid? In the Psalm find three more reasons not to fear. Then in the Gospel Jesus warns us against fear three times. "Fear no one." "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul." "So, do not be afraid." The one thing we should be afraid of is "the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." The Church teaches that the stubborn refusal to repent from sin and trust in God is the one thing that can destroy both soul and body. How can you help your family turn away from sin this week? Trust in God. He knows every detail of your family life and will give you all you need to live his words – Do not fear!

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Eat His Body, Drink His Blood

06-18-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

How strange the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ can be for non-Catholics! As a 10-year-old public school, my seatmate was a second grader in a Catholic school uniform. One day I heard her quietly singing, over and over, in the mindless way young children do,

Eat his body, drink his blood. Eat his body, drink his blood...

Disturbed, I listened more closely to be sure I'd heard correctly. At home, I told my mom, "Isn't that awful? She kept singing about eating someone's body and drinking their blood!"

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The Most Holy Trinity

06-11-2017Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Today we remember the central mystery of our faith – the Most Holy Trinity. Talk to your children about the great mystery of One God in Three Divine Persons. Look once more at all the readings we heard at Mass. Why does the Church give us these readings on Trinity Sunday? Today's Gospel contains
the most famous verse in the entire Bible. Help yourchild memorize John 3:16.

Hoy recordamos el misterio central de nuestra fe-La Santísima Trinidad. Hable con sus hijos sobre el gran misterio de Un Dios en Tres Personas Divinas. Vea una vez más todas las lecturas que escuchamos en Misa. ¿Por quéla Iglesia nos da estas lecturas en el DomingoTrinitario? El Evangelio de hoy contiene el versomás famoso de toda la Biblia. Ayude a su hijo a memorizarJuan3:16.