RESPECT is the foundation for everything that we do. We start by respecting each other. We respect our friends, our peers, our parents, all life, and all of God’s creation. If we can’t meet the challenge of showing respect, then we’ll fail the other three challenges!

ENGAGE is what we do in order to move ahead. We don’t disengage from life… we fully participate! We engage with each other and with the activities that are presented to us. We understand that the more of ourselves we put into something, the more we’ll get out!

ACCEPT is a word that’s easy to say but hard to live! We strive to accept each other as we are. We want to accept each other because of our differences, not in spite of them. We believe that God made us all unique and loves us all, so the least we can do is accept one another!

LIVE is the final challenge we give ourselves. The only way to share the Good News is to live it every day. And we choose to live the other three challenges every day as well: RESPECT, ENGAGE & ACCEPT. When we add LIVE to the other three, we end up Keeping It REAL!

Challenge: Apologize Quickly

Challenge: Apologize Quickly

We all tend to hold onto our anger too tightly and too long. But we know that once we've calmed down, we'll fell sorry for any bad things we said or did! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: When you hurt someone, apologize quickly and act like...

Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reading 1: Sirach 27:30—28:7 Reading 2: Romans 14:7-9 Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 Our Lives Belong to the Lord In the second reading this Sunday, St. Paul tells us that, as true Christians, we don't live for ourselves. It's an idea that can become lost or forgotten...

Challenge: Talk First

Challenge: Talk First

It's not our place to pass final judgment on each other. That power belongs to Jesus Christ, and we dishonor Him when we attempt to fill that role! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: If you're upset with someone, talk to them first (and don't...

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reading I: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Reading II: Romans 13:8-10 GOSPEL: Matthew 18:15-20 The Morality Police I'd venture to guess that every one of us has known at least one judgmental, self-righteous individual during our lives. In fact, perhaps we even fit that description...

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