Teaching the Way of Love (TWL) is a program for Catholic parents that encourages and empowers them to embrace their role as the primary educators of their children, especially in the areas of moral and personal development.

2015-2016 TWL Challenge: Year of Mercy

JUNE CHALLENGE: SUMMER'S MERCIFUL BLESSINGS

Summer is here. This is the time when, many of us scramble to organize care during the day for our kids. This can be perceived as a burden; one that can often frustrate us to the point of looking at our kids as the problem rather than at the schedule as the real problem.

A recent article in the One More Soul newsletter helped me remember that children are really blessings and not burdens – especially during the summer months when there is extra time to actually reconnect with them. Enjoy the read.

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MAY CHALLENGE: TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO RECEIVE MERCY

Much of our focus during this Year of Mercy has been on showing mercy to others. But it's even more important for us and for our children to learn how to receive mercy - especially from God.

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APRIL CHALLENGE: THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY IN THE FAMILY

Like the Corporal Works of Mercy, the Spiritual Works of Mercy are practices of love. Learn how to exercise the Spiritual Works of Mercy within your family by exercising tough love.

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MARCH CHALLENGE: THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY IN THE FAMILY

The Corporal Works of Mercy are practices of love. Learn how to exercise the Corporal Works of Mercy within your family by doing small things with great love.

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FEBRUARY CHALLENGE: THE HOLY DOORS OF YOUR FAMILY

The Doors of Mercy represent how we pass through the mercy of Jesus to our Heavenly Father. Pope Francis challenges us to make our own homes into doors of mercy with three very practical practices.

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JANUARY CHALLENGE: FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER

Jesus commands us to forgive each other, even making forgiveness a requirement for being forgiven. But why is forgiveness so important for families?

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DECEMBER CHALLENGE: IMITATE THE HOLY FAMILY IN THE YEAR OF MERCY

The Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated the Sunday after Christmas. As we approach the extraordinary Jubilee and the Year of Mercy leading up to it, this is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the Holy Family as our best example of what it means to give and to receive mercy.

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NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: WASTE TIME WITH YOUR KIDS

We live in an age of busyness, where efficiency and productivity are valued. Unfortunately the sacrifice we make for getting things done is deeper relationship with our family. In this month's challenge we want you to consider ways you can 'waste' more time . . . with your children.

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OCTOBER CHALLENGE: WHEN THEY FALTER AND FAIL

In October's issue we talked about setting expectations for our children to help them build their character. But what do we do when they fail to meet those expectations? What should our attitude be, and how should we respond? This week's newsletter discusses when our children falter and fail.

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SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: SETTING POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS

A new school year offers the opportunity to set positive expectations that can have long-lasting positive effects on your children. This month's challenge is to identify what expectations to set and to make a plan for promoting specific good habits.

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TWL Mercy Newsletter December 2015