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: Big Picture

Challenge: Big Picture

When we get too focused on our immediate situations, we become self-centered and run the risk of missing the potential negative impacts of our actions! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: When you get upset, step back and look at the big...

Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reading I: Isaiah 5:1-7 Reading II: Philippians 4:6-9 GOSPEL: Matthew 21:33-43 The Big Picture It's a fact of life – sometimes we get too focused on the task at hand and we lose sight of the bigger picture. It's a problem that all of us will face at one time or...

Challenge: Find Balance

Challenge: Find Balance

When our lives get out of balance, we run the risk of putting ourselves first and stumbling headlong into sin! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: Find where you're spending too much time and do something to bring your life into balance!...

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