It’s the FIAT: Faith in All Things Season 2 Premiere, y’all! Happy New Year! Happy First Friday! Merry Christmas (because it still is)!
Season 2 means that we’re in a new year: 2017 is gone and 2018 is here! Yay!! It also means that FIAT is celebrating its birthday. It’s been quite the year, and this one is shaping up to be even better in terms of content, so get ready for Season 2 to surpass what you’ve come to know from us!
For the first time in forever we’re both back on the podcast, and we had an AMAZING one recorded for you that covered a 2017 recap and an elaboration of why we’re attempting something new for our goals in 2018. But… it was eaten…thrice.
So, since technology began frustrating us greatly, today’s season premiere is a short and sweet podcast with a short and sweet message….like, REALLLLLLLLY short. Also, excuse the brief moment where allergies attempt to kill Kristi mid-broadcast.
Check out the photo challenge we mentioned, #GratefulThings2018 on Instagram and join us! You can find our Instagram page here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too, so you never miss a beat.
Drop your prayer requests in the comments, or feel free to email them (or message us on Facebook or Twitter) to us if you’d rather keep it private.
May God bless your 2018!
We’ll see you next week!
Kristi & Rachel
Hello, lovelies! In today’s FIAT: Faith in All Things podcast, Kristi is joined by her daughter, Little Miss, who has something to share with our listeners.
Last time Little Miss joined the podcast, she shared her feelings about how things had changed since her mom married Superman and talked about the St. Patrick’s Day tea she was hosting. Today she wanted to share something a bit more personal.
Fair warning, this was recorded in the early morning hours of her day, and you can hear the sleepy. That said, there are also a few times she moves away from the microphone, but fear not! Little Miss will be back in a few weeks to talk about Advent, sharing, and random acts of kindness.
For now, grab a cup of something warm and delicious and hang out with Kristi and Little Miss for a bit as she shares her news with you.
Let us know what you think about her news! If you missed our post on No-Spend November or last week’s podcast (both of which were mentioned in this week’s podcast), be sure to check them out by clicking on the purple titles in this sentence.
I was sitting perfectly still and listening to the beautiful voices singing City of God. I sat there and was thinking how wonderful is God to make people have beautiful voices and to sing about him. I was 6 at the time and really had no idea how my faith would grow into a deep and meaningful relationship with God. There are so many points that I want to shout it out to the whole wide world on why I love my Catholic faith. Seeing as how we don’t have all the time in the world, I am just going to jot down a few of the main things that I love.
God is so loving and understanding that he calls for conversion and penance. When my heart is heavy with my sins, I take a good hard look at my conscience. It teaches me to really take responsibility for my actions and make the decision to try and live better. When I confess my sins, I feel that my heart is lighter and it teaches me to focus on trying to do better going forward. I truly love that we get the chance to continue working with God to make ourselves better.
I love all of our rich, traditional prayers. I love that our faith has prayers that everyone knows and says in all different languages. I think there is beauty in knowing that all around the world, people are praying the same as you. I also love praying when it’s just God and me. My personal relationship with God is so much stronger when I spend time with him and in his word. Having adoration and sitting in front of the holy presence is not only calming but to be able to praise God…? Wow. My childhood priest always said that humbling yourself in front of the Lord is the beginning foundation of great communication with God.
“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” St. John Damascene
I love going to Mass. It is the highlight of my week. I love the aspect that the Mass is the same throughout the world. Another amazing and wonderful thing is that I get to receive the body and blood of Christ. I’m also able to have fellowship with others sharing the same experience. I love celebrating all of our sacraments. Receiving Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is something so extraordinary and special. When we give offer one another the sign of peace, I’m actively spreading God’s love to my church family, which inspires having a sense of community and sharing the Good News throughout the week.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the participating posts in this month’s hop at Reconciled to You.
As you can see from our featured image and its caption, we have been the lucky recipients of a monthly box from The Mass Box. It’s pretty great, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
As busy American women, life is hectic. We’re wives. And moms. We’re workers (whether at an office away from home, an office within the home, or the kitchen and bedrooms) regardless of employment status. We’ve got a lot going on, and if you’re anything like me, your domestic church has seen better days by this time of the year; especially now that it’s ordinary time again!
Enter The Mass Box.
I love that this company started as a family and is now run by moms, dads, and young adults. It was founded because founders Ashley & Raymond felt pulled to do more with their three young children (five and younger). The kids struggled to behave at Mass (sound familiar?). They found that on the rare occasion they could prepare ahead of time with a craft, things went more smoothly. Ashley’s background is TV production, so the family decided to conduct a 100-family “trial run” of The Mass Box, which included a children’s show and companion materials.
How’d that work for them? According to their About Us page, they “now send out kits to hundreds of families and produce the show for every Sunday and Holy Day!” That’s so awesome!
They have a simple mission: “We at the Mass Box are a team of moms and dads and young adults passionate about passing the faith on to the next generation.” They continue to do this through the collection and distribution of the craft materials you’ll need alongside a webisode craft show that will demonstrate how to make the crafts and talk about the Mass topics that correlate.
Little Miss was psyched (to put it mildly) that we’d have crafts to do together that related to the Mass. I was excited to see what the hype was all about.
You know you’re thinking it…
They also have things available for a one-time purchase: a family Paschal Candle Kit ($19.95) and a comic/activity book/DVD called Catholic Investigators: Church Mission, which familiarizes kiddos with items in the church ($10.00).
If these aren’t your thing, exactly, but your kiddos like to read, they’ve got you covered there, too. They’ve got a monthly magazine for kids ages 4-8. You can purchase this via a 3-Month Prepay ($5.32/issue) or a 12-Month Prepay ($4.97/issue).
We have an announcement to make!!!!
After asking our subscribers to complete a survey, we found that there was great interest in creating an online community where we can dialogue. We’re psyched to tell you that it’s happened!
We’ve launched the Hail Marry Hangout, a closed Facebook group today where we can do just that (you have to be a Facebook member). We can’t wait to see you there!
Bridgette, Kristi, & Rachel