I recently stumbled on a newish app that has been a huge game-changer for me and my approach to Scripture memorization. I suppose I should rephrase – it has caused me to have an approach to Scripture memorization. The Verses app (available for iOS and Android – Beta testing) is all about memorizing Scripture in an engaging way.
Within the app you can choose any verse from any book of the Bible to memorize. Then, through a series of games and challenges you work your way toward memorizing that verse.
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We may not think about it, but Lent is actually one of the more sensory-focused seasons of the liturgical year. During Lent, we intentionally remove extra decorations from the sanctuary. Some parishes will remove all flowers or banners. Others will create small desert-scapes with bare tree branches, rocks or empty pots. We do this so that our eyes will find minimal distractions as we gaze at the cross, or at the Host during the moment of consecration. The purple vestments and altar cloths also clue us in to the shift in mood.
In Lent the music changes. Many parishes will use a separate Mass setting (the Gospel Acclamation, Holy, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation and Great Amen), typically in a minor key.
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I really should have been doing this all along. For almost 2 years now I’ve been a contributor for CatholicMom.com. It’s an amazing website full of encouragement for moms of all ages and stages – parents in general really. Contributors from all over the country – moms, dads, grandparents, single adults, priests, nuns, brothers – all share Gospel reflections, posts about parenthood, sainthood, daily living, theology, even sharing recipes and movie reviews.
I’m going to *try* to remember each month to share here the beginning of my monthly article. Click the link to view the whole thing at catholicmom.com and check out what other articles are there for you to discover.
Be Glad God is Like Stoplights
I was sitting at a particularly long stop light the other day. My kids were chattering in the back, asking when we would be moving again. I swear it felt like we had been waiting for five minutes, though in reality it couldn’t have been that long. A white truck pulled up next me and within two seconds the light switched to green. One of my kids shouted “That’s not fair! We had to wait longer.”
This got me thinking about the parable Jesus told about the workers in the vineyard. It’s the one where the landowner hires workers at dawn, agreeing to pay them the usual daily wage. Then hires more workers at mid-day, afternoon and evening, agreeing to pay each of them the usual daily wage. At the end of the day, those hired first are outraged that inflation didn’t happen when everyone was paid the same amount.
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