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The Evangelist
Thursday, June 21, 2018


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  • PLAYING PARENT AGAINST PARENT
    Kids usually know which parent to go to for what problem. Maybe your mother is more likely to say “no” to ice cream, but you know your father loves it and will probably say yes. Maybe your father worries about saving money, so you ask your mother to buy you that sweatshirt at the mall.
  • A LITTLE IS ENOUGH
    Kids hear a lot about sharing. That’s because it’s easy to be greedy: to take more than you need; to want what someone else has; or to keep what you have all to yourself, even when you see that other people need it, too.
  • WHEN NOBODY GETS YOU
    Do you ever feel like no one understands you? Most kids struggle sometimes with feeling like other people don’t “get” you. You try to be outgoing, but a teacher writes on your report card, “Work on your shyness.” You ask a lot of questions and an adult says, “Stop being a pest!”
  • DON’T FORGET THE DIRECTIONS
    With the end of the school year coming, lots of kids are taking final exams. The curse of exams can be the directions: You’re so eager to get started, you might forget to read them! Then the teacher will say, “I told you in the directions to use a pencil, not a pen. Ten points off!”
  • BIG THINGS, IN FEW WORDS
    Sometimes, the biggest things can be communicated in the fewest words: “We’re moving.” “You won first place!” “Your Grandpa had a stroke.”
  • WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND
    A lot of adults think kids are always looking forward: eager for the next new thing, the next change. But you know that, when­ever there’s a negative or even a positive change in your life, you’re also looking at what you’re leaving behind.
  • JESUS SAYS, ‘PAY IT FORWARD’
    Do you “pay it forward?” That means, when someone is kind to you, you do something kind for another person. If you forgot your lunch and an adult at school lends you money to buy lunch, for instance, you’ll remember that. Then, when a friend asks you for lunch money, you’ll be more likely to give it.
  • FUEL FROM FOOD AND GOD
    Some kids will eat anything. Some are picky. Some have food allergies. Some are vegetarian or vegan. Some are Catholic and don’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent, or don’t eat pork because they’re Jewish and keep kosher, or don’t eat during the day in the month of Ramadan because they’re Muslim. Some kids even eat through a tube because they have trouble swallowing.
  • 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!



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