As we are a few days into the 50-day Easter celebration we thought it would be great to talk about the necessity of celebrating and what it can show us about how to live a well-balanced life! Surrounded by a society focused on careers and work, we can sometimes forget how important it is to rest and play well too! Follow the link below for some thoughts from Sara, Anna, Molly, and Annie on how to prioritize what is important and maintain a healthy balance in life!
Happy Holy Saturday/Easter friends! To celebrate the beginning of this joyous season Bill, Lindsay and Sara recorded a special podcast reflecting on the Easter Vigil celebration, Bl. Chiara Luce and her faith in Jesus’ victory over death, and letting the truth of Easter resonate in our hearts! Follow the link below to listen to the third episode of the Triduum podcasts!
On this Good Friday we commemorate the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In this special Triduum episode Bill, Lindsay and Sara reflect on the Good Friday Service, Bl. José Sánchez del Rio’s journey and how we should allow the realities of Good Friday to impact our daily prayer! Follow the link below for the second of three Holy Triduum podcasts!
In order to really let the intimacy and profound realities celebrated during Holy Week resonate in our hearts, we decided to record a podcast for each day of the Triduum! Follow the link below for a recap of the Holy Thursday Liturgy, discussion of a North American martyr, and thoughts on how to let the realities of Holy Thursday impact our daily lives. Keep an eye out for the pods tomorrow and Saturday to help you reflect on Good Friday and Easter!
Friends! We are so pumped to introduce an epic parishioner from Monroe, WI, Faby! In this episode Faby talks with Bill about her journey from Mexico to Wisconsin, how she found peace in the universal Church, striving for holiness in everyday life, and beautiful Holy Week traditions! Follow the link below for some words of wisdom and inspiration!
In light of the new movie premiere of The Young Messiah, we thought we would get together with Shawn Willox, a youth minister from the Diocese of Madison and also a connoisseur of Jesus movies! Through his background in religious studies, philosophy, and theology in art, Shawn has developed a really beautiful perspective on the power that good media and beautiful art can have on a viewer’s relationship with God and the world around them. In this pod Shawn discusses how we can go from being passive consumers to discerning viewers of media!
Friends this episode of Freshly Brewed could not have come at a more perfect time! A few weeks after an epic weekend at Frassati Fest and a couple weeks into Lent, Doug and Lindsay talk through the steps of how to pray! Inspired by a book called Prayer Primer, the two discuss how to spend time in prayer and how these steps help us build a relationship with Jesus!
7 steps of prayer:
Pick a time and place
We cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at specific times. CCC 2697
Remember the presence of the person you are spending time with.
Transition your attention from the world to prayer by focusing on a simple line or two such as:
Come, Holy Spirit.
Come, Lord Jesus.
God, come to my assistance. Oh Lord, make haste to help me.
Input: Read something that teaches you about who Jesus is, the lives of the saints, etc.
Sacred Scripture – Gospels/Letters of Saint Paul
Imitation of Christ, Thomas Dubay, Father Jacques Philippe
Apply these readings to your life, ponder, draw conclusions, and remember that you are talking about this with Jesus Himself. Be real with Jesus!
“My daughter…why do you not tell me about everything that concerns you, even the smallest details? Tell Me about everything, and know that this will give Me great joy. I answered, But You know about everything, Lord.” And Jesus replied to me, “Yes I do know; but you should not excuse yourself with the fact that I know, but with childlike simplicity talk to Me about everything, for my ears and heart are inclined towards you, and your words are dear to Me.” -St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
Make a resolution.
“To reform. Every day a little. This has to be your constant task if you really want to become a saint.” ― Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way
Let us thank God for His priceless gift! – St. Paul