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: Show Mercy

Challenge: Show Mercy

The Lord allows us to make mistakes and disobey his commands because his mercy is never-ending! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: Show mercy. Forgive someone who has angered you. Remember what Jesus told us after teaching us the Lord's...

Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Reading I: Isaiah 56:1,6-7 Reading II: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 GOSPEL: Matthew 15:21-28 The Choice is Yours Have you ever had one of those "salvation" debates? You know – the kind where you pit two different groups against each other? For example, who will be saved –...

Challenge: Charity Blog

Challenge: Charity Blog

In order to hear God in the quiet, we need to find the voices that are often unheard - and listen to them! With that in mind, here's your REAL Challenge for the week: Read the blog of a charity that helps the poor. Remember what Jesus told us: "Amen, I say to you,...

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