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: How did I contribute?

Challenge: How did I contribute?

"Aiding and abetting" someone committing a crime is often a crime itself - but did you know that causing others to sin is also a sin?! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: When a friend sins, ask yourself, "How did I contribute to this?"...

Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

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Challenge: Open to Ideas

Challenge: Open to Ideas

We shouldn't assume that an idea that disrupts what's comfortable to us is bad - especially when that new idea is of great benefit to those who are less fortunate than us! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: Be open to new ideas that benefit...

Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reading I: Isaiah 5:10-11 Reading II: Romans 8:18-23 GOSPEL: Matthew 13:1-9 The Ground of the Community The parable of the sower is most often used to illustrate the hearts or lives of individuals. The discussion centers on whether or not the Word will take root and...

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