How Do I Talk to My Kids About Why We Make the Sign of the Cross?

Earlier this year I teamed up with Peanut Butter & Grace to launch a new series for Catholic parents, “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke.”

In the series I attempt to help parents teach the Catholic faith to their children.

In the fourth episode I wrestle with the following question:

How Do I Talk to My Kids About Why We Make the Sign of the Cross?

Here’s the video answer:

Here’s an accompanying article I wrote as well.

It’s still a new project, so it will take time to grow and develop. If you found this answer useful, please consider sharing the video.

In case you missed one, check out this page to see all of the episodes together.

How Do I Talk to My Kids About the Church and Politics?

Recently I teamed up with Peanut Butter & Grace to launch a new series for Catholic parents, “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke.”

In the series I attempt to help parents teach the Catholic faith to their children.

In the third episode last month I wrestled with the following question:

How Do I Talk to My Kids About the Church and Politics?

Here’s the video answer:

Here’s an accompanying article I wrote as well.

It’s still a new project, so it will take time to grow and develop. If you found this answer useful, please consider sharing the video. It’s also on Facebook, FYI.

CNS Examination of Conscience for Graduates

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Earlier this spring I wrote another column for Catholic News Service. This time it wasn’t so much of a column or reflection, but rather a guide for prayer and reflection. It is meant to specifically guide recent graduates (from high school or college) through there experiences of transition and to understand the role their faith life and God play during those moments.

Check it out here via the Diocese of Wilmington’s newspaper, The Dialog.

Examination of conscience for graduates

How Do I Explain to My Kids Why We Have to Go to Mass Every Sunday? 

Last month I teamed up with Peanut Butter & Grace to launch a new series for Catholic parents, “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke.”

In the series I attempt to help parents teach the Catholic faith to their children.

In the second episode I wrestle with the following question:

How Do I Explain to My Kids Why We Have to Go to Mass Every Sunday? 

Here’s the video answer:

Here’s an accompanying article I wrote as well.

It’s still a new project, so it will take time to grow and develop. If you found this answer useful, please consider sharing the video. It’s also on Facebook, FYI.

How Can I Teach Kids God Is Not a Genie?

Recently a former colleague from Catholic News Service reached out to me about collaborating with Peanut Butter & Grace, a Catholic media company which produces content for families.

Thus the new series, “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke” was launched. In the series I’ll attempt to help parents teach the Catholic faith to their children.

In this first episode I wrestled with the following question:

How Can I Teach Kids God Is Not a Genie?

Here’s the video answer:

Here’s an accompanying article I wrote as well.

It’s a new project, so it will take time to grow and develop. If you found this answer useful, please consider sharing the video. It’s also on Facebook, FYI.

 

Vocation story published

A month ago I was contacted by a former colleague from my first stint at CNS as an intern. At the time she was an assistant editor, now she is busy raising her young family and works part time with Peanut Butter & Grace.

Peanut Butter & Grace is a web site and social media conglomerate seeking to provide parents with practical ways to pass on the faith to their children.

Later this week, they will be releasing my first video as a part of a new series “Brick by Brick with Father Brooke.”

In anticipation of the release of the series and on the occasion of the the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I also shared my vocation story on their Web site.

Unlike my column with Catholic News Service in the fall, which also provided practical tips for promoting a culture of vocations, this article is exclusively my vocation story.

CNS column on humility

During Lent I wrote a column for CNS on the virtue of humility within the context of Lent. Specifically I tied those two themes to the modern usage of social media. My goal was to look at how social media affects our understanding of humility. Lastly, I provided some tips for how to overcome some of those related struggles.

Here’s a link to the column, published by the Boston Pilot.

CNS column on Confession

As a part of the “Faith Alive” catechetical series on the sacraments I was asked by Catholic News Service to write about the sacrament of confession / penance / reconciliation.

After reviewing the Catechism paragraphs, I was inspired by a quote (found in the article) by St. Jerome about going to the doctor. I decided to take a spin on that and use an analogy of dentistry with going to confession.

Here’s the result:

 

A related piece I originally posted on this blog:

“7 Tips for a good a good confession”