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The Evangelist
Friday, April 20, 2018


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  • COULD YOU BE A HERO?

    Could you be a hero? Most kids would say yes. You can picture yourself saving people in an emergency or rescuing a hurt dog. But you don’t really know how much courage you have until you’re in a situation where you have to be brave!

  • WHEN YOU NEED MERCY
    “Mercy” can be a hard idea to understand. This week’s Gospel (Luke 24:35-48), though, gives us a great example of what mercy really means.
  • THERE ARE NO CRYSTAL BALLS


    Everyone wants a crystal ball: a way to see what the future will be like. Whether you're wondering if your mean teacher will ever become nice or if you'll really grow up to be a police officer, you think it would be awesome to know the future.
  • IT'S A LONG STORY
    Sometimes, a kid gets into a real mess. You lose a friendship, fail a class or do something you never thought you would. When someone asks you how this happened, all you can say is, "It's a long story."
  • KEEP GROWING AND CHANGING
    Looking at old pictures of yourself can be hilarious. Whether you were a blond baby whose hair got darker, or a toddler obsessed with "Dora the Explorer" when you're all about Minecraft now, you have definitely changed a lot!
  • YOUR SACRIFICE FOR LENT
    Lent started a few weeks ago. If you've given something up or you're trying to do something differently for Lent, you know how hard it can be to make a sacrifice. There are probably times when you don't want to do it, and it's really hard to make yourself keep your promise
  • WHEN YOU KNOW AN ANGRY KID
    Do you know any angry kids? Some kids really struggle with acting out because they're angry. They get in trouble in school or at home and have a hard time keeping friendships. Usually, that means something hurtful is happening in their lives. It could be bad stuff at home, low grades in school or another problem.
  • IF YOU HAD ANY DOUBT
    Some adults act like kids are willing to believe anything, but you know better. If someone tells you a new cereal is the best-tasting food ever or that they're going to win the school spelling bee, you don't just agree. You try the cereal and wait for the spelling bee finals!
  • THOSE TEMPTING BAD HABITS
    Lent just started. Lots of people work on their bad habits during Lent: giving up junk food, cleaning rooms without being asked and giving unused clothes or toys to people who don't have as much.
  • TRUST THAT THERE'S A REASON
    There are some questions you ask that other people won't answer. "There's a reason," they say -- but they don't tell you what the reason is. For a kid who wants to know why, that can be exasperating!
  • DO YOU HAVE A BFF?
    Do you have a "BFF?" That means "best friend forever." Some kids get attached to one friend and call that person their BFF.
  • TOO MANY DISTRACTIONS
    Any season can distract kids from school. In the spring, it's getting warmer and you're itching to be outdoors. In the fall, you're just coming back to school after the summer off, and it's hard to settle down. In winter, you're wishing you were out playing in the snow -- or hoping for a snow day, so you can stay in!
  • ANYONE CAN GO FISHING
    "To fish" doesn't just mean to catch fish. You might "fish around" in your box of Legos to "fish out" the piece of the size and shape you're looking for, or "fish for information" by asking a friend question after question until you find out something you want to know.
  • PICKING A GOOD FRIEND
    Think about your friends. Why do you like them? What makes them people you want to hang around with, more than some other people you know?
  • DON'T BREAK THE GIFTS
    Have you broken any Christmas presents yet? Have you argued over any gifts with a brother or sister? Have you been disappointed in what you got, or what you didn't get?
  • SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY
    Whether our eyes work well or not, every person in the world sees things a little differently than every other person. What we see is also about our memories and viewpoints.
  • SAY, 'YES,' AND START WORKING
    You're standing there staring at a pile of homework or the giant mess that is your bedroom. There is absolutely no way you can get through all of this, you think. There's too much homework, too much of a mess. You start to panic: No one could finish this! You're going to get in trouble! What can you do?
  • KIDS FULL OF QUESTIONS
    Christmas fills kids with questions: Exactly how did God become a baby, and why? How did the shepherds and kings find Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the stable? (Did the star they followed land on the roof to show them?) How does Santa fit down the chimney?
  • CHRISTMAS IS COMING, KIDS
    You're a good kid. You try your best to be kind and helpful. You pray for people and go to church. Still, when Christmas is coming, you might think of all the times you've messed up, and worry that your mistakes will make a difference in the presents you get!
  • CRANKY? BE NICE ANYWAY
    Nobody's perfect, but there's one basic rule Jesus wanted people to live by: Be nice.



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