Homegrown Faith: Nurturing Your Catholic Family


A series of insightful and often humorous weekly reflections on raising faithful Catholic families, Homegrown Faith, draws on familiar situations—sibling rivalry, fender-benders, lost shoes before Mass—to reveal unexpected sacramental riches.

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A series of insightful and often humorous weekly reflections on raising faithful Catholic families, Homegrown Faith, draws on familiar situations—sibling rivalry, fender-benders, lost shoes before Mass—to reveal unexpected sacramental riches.

What you can expect to harvest:

  • Short readings designed to fit into even the most chaotic family schedule
  • Related questions for reflection for application in your own circumstances
  • A guide for using the book for group study
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616361341
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HEIDI BRATTON is an award-winning photographer and author with a gift for bringing simple truths to life in a practical way. Heidi has written over twenty books. She and her husband, John, have six children and live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Danielle Bean xtii

Introduction Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley xv

Growing Faith at Home xvii

Using This Book for Personal or Group Devotions xxi

Using This Book as a Guide for Personal Daily Prayer xxiii

Using This Book as a Guide for Group Prayer xxv

Feasting on Faith at Home: Reflections for Advent, Christmas, and Ordinary Time in Winter 1

Seek After Joy 3

Peace Is Like a Cookie 6

The Magic of Cardboard 10

A Heavenly Scent 13

Unwrapping the Gift of Jesus 17

It's a Wonderful Life 22

Miracles Unlimited 26

Running on Empty 29

Tanked Up on Faith 32

Creative Memories and Crazy Moms 35

Prayer, Our High-Speed Connection to Heaven 38

Show-Don't-Tell Catholic Parenting 41

Love for a Lifetime 45

Planting Seeds of Faith at Home: Reflections for Lent and Easter 49

Not So Fast 51

Sunlight and Lent 54

Mission Endurance…I Mean Honduras 58

Finding Our Personal Mission Field 61

Todos can Juntos 64

Giving from the Heart 68

The Parable of the Angry Sower 72

Getting on Track and Bearing Good Fruit 75

Housework and Heavens Work 78

Time to Talk with Mrs. Crow 82

Hail Mary, Full of Grace 85

Mothering Matters 88

Take Small Bites and Keep on Chewing 91

Tending to the Faith at Home: Reflections for Ordinary Time in Summer 95

Like a Mighty Wind 97

Prayer: A Window to Heaven 100

A Fatherly Kind of Love 104

Father Knows Best 107

If Life Were a Bowl of Cherries… 111

Building Our Children's Character 115

Sunscreen, Lobsters, and Parenting 119

The Nature of Christian Unity: Part One 123

The Nature of Christian Unity: Part Two 127

Motherhood: A Survival Strategy 131

Lord of the Unexpected 135

Katrina, Divorce, and Other Unnatural Disasters 139

Directions for Life and Death 143

Harvesting Faith at Home: Reflections for Ordinary Time in Autumn 147

Childhood as a Mosaic 149

The Season for Humble Pie 153

Equipping Our Kids for the Soccer Field of Life 156

Quenching Our Children's Thirst 160

Driving Lessons 164

Negotiating the Parking Lot of Life 167

Winning the Big Game 171

The Power-Packed Body and Blood of Jesus 175

My Bright Red Worth in Jesus 178

Nothing Packed in Plastic, Please 182

Keeping It Simple 186

Mary and Martha for the Holidays 189

Blessed Is He 193

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Great Devotional

    Times have changed. And the Catholic Church as kept pace as well. While in times past it may have been considered a cold, stiff, formal religion, today's Church is working on being warm and nurturing. In Homegrown Faith, author Heidi Bratton shows us how to instill and cultivate faith in our families. This daily devotional is a great resource for activities, discussion starters, and applicable Scripture verses all based on the church calendar. It is a wonderful tool in the hands of a devoted mom.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    Catholic Parenting Today

    A single, childless, 40-something friend, who spends much time with her married sister with four children, made this observation recently: When we were kids, we couldn't wait to grow up. Adults got dressed up and went out to dinner and parties, they smoked and drank and stayed up late. It was like the movies. Now kids look at their parents and they never want to grow up. Who would choose to spend all their time tending to every expressed, implied, or anticipated need of a bunch of kids? In a word, today's culture is very different from that of mid- to- late twentieth century, where children fit into the lives of their adults rather than the other way around. Catholicism, too, has changed. Nuns used to run the Catholic schools, some would say the parishes, and no one thought about homeschooling. Weekly confession and family rosary time were marks of a "religious" family. All this is a way of introducing the prescription for developing and nurturing a devout family in today's world. In Homegrown Faith, Heidi Bratton provides an easy-to-follow resource with reflections, discussion questions, activities, prayers, examples, scripture quotations, lists, journal starters, and more laid out in 52 chapters organized around the liturgical seasons. Each chapter ends with suggestions for growing spiritually this week, such as: . Recall a time when you missed "an important detail in parenting." How did it happen, how to avoid doing it again? . In what ways do you see motherhood as an act of courage and hope? . Produce a drawing or paragraph about yourself engaged in the work of a parent missionary. The author, who has written more than twenty books, contributes articles and blog posts to several outlets focused on Catholic families.

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