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.

The Trinity

05-27-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

The Trinity shows us the truth that God is a communion of Persons, the Blessed Three in One.  In the beginning God says, “Let 'us' make man in our image.” The one God is an “us” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This Mystery of the Holy Trinity which we cannot grasp nor fully explain, is at the center of our Catholic Faith.

By baptizing believers in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Church declares that we can share the life of the “us” who has always desired our fellowship. 

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Teach the real presence of Jesus

05-20-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Today concludes our series reflecting on actions we can take to help our children get to heaven. This week’s   action is: Teach the real presence of Jesus. Here are some practical ways to do this:

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Love one Another

05-13-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue our series reflecting on actions parents can take to help your children get to heaven. So far we have discussed Baptism, Prayer, and Offer it Up 

This week’s action is "Love One Another".  

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Offer it up!

05-06-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We recently began a series reflecting on actions parents can take to help our children get to heaven. There is nothing better you can offer your child than the true path to God for all eternity! We already discussed baptism and prayer.

Today's action is Offer it up.

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Temptation in Marriage is a call to heroic love of God and spouse.

04-29-2018Faith and Family

We vowed on our wedding day to love, " In good times and bad." The evil one will test our love for God and spouse by causing upset and presenting the temptations of infidelity and divorce. He whispers thoughts into our head such as, "I deserve to be happy…others flirt with me but my spouse is always angry…I don't need this." Satan loves secrets and wants to destroy marriages. Satan hates you, Jesus, the Church and the sacraments, especially reconciliation. He causes hate, hurt, disunity and constantly presents the seven deadly sins. Confess the situation and temptation in reconciliation to receive the graces to resist temptation. Have no contact with the person who is your temptation. The evil one will whisper in your ear, "Don't go to reconciliation, you haven't done anything wrong, you know what you are doing, you can handle this." When one of these thoughts enters your mind, say the St. Michael Prayer, an act of contrition and run to reconciliation.

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Prayer

04-29-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Last week we began a series reflecting on actions parents can take to help your children get to heaven. There is nothing better you can offer your child than the true path to God for all eternity! Last week's action was baptism.

The action today is prayer. Pray with your child from the beginning. Children imitate everything they see, and they have absorbent minds. So, a child is somewhat like a sponge. If you put dirty water into the sponge, then dirty water will be wrung out; if you put in pure water, pure water will be wrung out.

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Helping Our Children get to Heaven

04-22-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Parents, how can we help our children get to heaven? In the next few weeks we will consider actions you can take to help your children get to heaven. There is nothing better you can offer your child than the true path to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and saints for all eternity! The action for today is baptism.

Have your child baptized as soon as possible. Parents can complete preparations, even before your child's birth so your little one can be baptized right away. Baptismal classes, papers, godparents, and requirements can all be completed in advance.

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To know God is to love Him.

04-15-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

It's party time in many of our parish families as we celebrate family members who are being Confirmed and making their First Communion.

These celebrations invite us to recall when we first knew Jesus in Holy Communion and reflect on all the graces his Presence brings to us.

To know God is to love him.

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Divine Mercy. What does it really mean?

04-08-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

One of the lines from the Fatima prayer that we say when we pray the Rosary is "lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy." We pray to hope in God's mercy, to trust in his mercy, but first we must admit that we have need of his mercy – not just because we find ourselves in a difficult situation, but because we are sinners who cannot choose good or do good or be good without God's mercy.

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Alleluia! Chris is Risen!

04-01-2018Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

When I was a child, Easter morning meant new dresses for me and my four sisters and crisp white shirts and pressed dark slacks for our three brothers. It meant awakening while it was still dark and driving up a hill to watch the sunrise with other families from our church. It meant singing Up from the Grave He Arose and other resurrection hymns. It also meant baskets with candy and egg hunts, but I always knew the reason we celebrate Easter is that Jesus is alive, that he rose from the dead!

Do the children in your family know that Jesus rose from the dead? Do they grasp the truth that his body was dead and buried, yet he brought it back to life again by the power of love? Do they know that Easter is about celebrating the truth that love is stronger than death?

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