Welcome to Opening the Word, a program offering prayer and insights for the Sunday Readings. Featuring a variety of experienced presenters, the fifty-two videos are designed to facilitate thought and discussion for personal faith formation or in the context of a group meeting.
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In this work of Biblical historical fiction, Ronni is a 21st-century American teenage girl who has lost her faith following the deaths of her father and brother, both of whom died saving the life of someone she doesn’t deem worthy. She can’t understand the concept of sacrifice—even Jesus’ death on the cross. Then one day, she wakes up 5,000 miles away from home...2,000 years in the past. How she got here, she doesn’t know. But she’s in Jerusalem, the week of the crucifixion of Jesus. She has three days to try to stop his death. The question is can she do it? This young adult novel is appropriate for readers from middle-school through adult.
Join the ever-joyful Brother Francis as he teaches children about the blessings that come when heart and mind are filled with praise to God and thoughts of His goodness. Children will learn what the Bible has to say about singing and music. This special episode includes visualized songs from “Brother Francis” episodes 1-9 along with short, thought-provoking quotes from the saints.
If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you’re in for a surprise. Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ. As a young soldier, he encountered suffering. As a victim of war, he began a search for inner meaning that would redirect his life. As a holy beggar, he embraced lepers, shook hands with the Pope, debated a Sultan, and touched the lives of millions.