Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Resources for Teaching about St. Teresa of Calcutta

We are less than two weeks from the canonization of Mother Teresa! St. Teresa of Calcutta had a profound impact on the world during her life, and continues to inspire and influence us even now.  I've compiled some projects and posts to help you and the kids in your life celebrate and learn from this amazing woman.  Click on the images below to take you to a post or printable.

Mother Teresa Coloring Page:

Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages:

And more Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages:

Prayer cards about loving like Mother Teresa for students and teachers:

Check out this post with ideas for decorating a Mother Teresa theme:

Create a Mother Teresa theme in your classroom with these folder covers:

Welcome Back Postcards:

And room signs: (if you want to use these and need the name of the classroom edited, I'd be happy to help.  Send me an email at looktohimandberadiant (at)

Teach about things that were important to her, like the Corporal Works of Mercy:

And Spiritual Works of Mercy:

And time for prayer:

I love this beautiful video with audio of Mother Teresa about prayer and holiness:

Teach about the Canonization Process with this activity and printable:

Teach about heroic virtue using this coloring book and printable notes:

Watch The Letters- It is available  for purchase (affiliate link) and is also streaming on Netflix right now.  And find more videos about Sainthood on my YouTube playlist.

Check out my Mother Teresa Board on Pinterest:

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

Monday, August 22, 2016

{More} Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages

After so much sweet feedback on my last set of Mother Teresa quote coloring pages, it was no hardship to be inspired to create a few more.  Thanks to some back-to-school-inservice-doodling-time (ahem), here are four new coloring pages just for you!

Click on any of the images below for the full sized printable coloring page:

"Prayer in action is love in action." (Plain background)

 "Prayer in action is love in action." (Striped background)

"Do small things with great love." (Swirl background)

"Do small things with great love." (Plain background)

(P.S. We're less than two weeks from Mother Teresa's canonization!  Make plans now to celebrate and teach about her wonderful life!)

(P.P.S. Like these?  There are four more Mother Teresa quote coloring pages here:)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Teaching About Heroic Virtue

Mother Teresa's canonization next month gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about the universal call to holiness and the path to sanctity with the students we teach.

One of the hallmark qualities of a person who is canonized is his or her heroic virtue.  (An investigation into their life and work must reveal heroic virtue before they are named Venerable). Actually, all Christians are called to grow in virtue.  You can read more about the virtues in the CCC 1803-1845.  A virtue is simply to habit of doing good and giving the best of yourself, with the goal of being like God- sounds like a good lesson for kids, right?

I've collected some resources for teaching about virtue (you can read those posts here), but decided to get a little more organized for the coming school year.  Here are a few printables to help you lead your students in understanding the Cardinal and Theological Virtues.

Click in here for an informational coloring book about the seven Cardinal and Theological virtues:

Click here for a key to the virtue notes found on page 2 in the coloring book:

Click here for an eight page mini book with the Cardinal and Theological Virtues:

Click here for a mini book with the Act of Love, Act of Faith, and Act of Hope prayers:

Click here for a matching coloring page for the Theological Virtues:

 Want to practice the virtues with kids? Check out how we made weekly class and individual goals about growing in virtue here.

Want to study the virtues with a Bible Study or Youth Group?  Check out these study guides connecting the virtues and the Saints here and here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Decorating for St. Mother Teresa Theme

Mother Teresa's canonization on September 4th inspired our CCD theme for the year.  I'm in the midst of back-to-school-paperwork-copies-and-mailings, but it is much more fun to work on the decorations and displays, so I thought I'd share how we are honoring this soon to be Saint.

Here's a few ideas for you!

I created a bulletin board modeled after the sari worn by the Missionaries of Charity using two widths of blue painters tape over white paper:

I added a crucifix like the one Mother Teresa wore, a construction paper pencil, the quote "I am a small pencil in God's hand," and a poster of her from Pauline Media.

I've also got a poster from the lovely work of Cassie Pease Designs:

I added a similar set of stripes and a pencil in the entry coming downstairs to our CCD classrooms:

And we already had a kid sized mural of Mother Teresa in our hallway:

But until I can find the matching wall paint, she gets a paper sign Saint upgrade:

Signs for classroom doors with student names:

Click here for the printable door signs (if you want to use these and need the name of the classroom edited, I'd be happy to help.  Send me an email at looktohimandberadiant (at)

And matching folder covers:

With Mother Teresa prayer cards inside.  (from here)

Click here to print the folder covers:

And welcome back post cards:

Click here to print the postcards:
And more Mother Teresa projects in the works!

How are you planning on celebrating her canonization?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Katie Reads {3} & a giveaway!

I'm slowly returning to real life after spending most of July in the lovely state of Colorado (see some of the highlights on Instagram!).  While the to-do list before school keeps growing, trust me, I enjoyed the down time to read some great books this summer.  I've got six recommendations for you, AND a giveaway for a free copy of one of the best things I read this summer!

(FYI- the links for the books are Amazon Affiliate links.  That means that if you click through and purchase something, I will receive a small percentage at no cost to you.  I will gratefully use it, probably to stock up on more books! :) )

Since I would rather be reading than writing long book reviews, I'll give you a grade and a quick run down.  Totally just my opinion based on what I like to read.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on these books or suggestions of what I should read next in the comments! (You can check out other book recomendations here: Katie Reads {1} & Katie Reads {2})

God Is Love, Pope Benedict XVI {A}
  • Can't go wrong with an encyclical from Pope Benedict.  I've been carrying this short, but information packed, letter in my purse for a while, reading little snippets at a time.
  • Pope Benedict writes on two major topics: how we love because we are modeled after God who is love, and how we love others in return because of His love.
  • One of my favorite parts was the solid theme of Theology of the Body and our dignity as God's creation that ran throughout the entire letter.  You also might find interesting the information about relating that love to social justice and our responsibility to care for others as a Church.
  • You can order a print copy through the link above, but in case you didn't know- you also can read all of the Popes' encyclicals on the Vatican website.
  • If you are looking for some quick and solid information about loving God and loving others, this book is for you.
These are the Sacraments, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, {A+}
(Also available as a reprint & ebook here These are the Sacraments)
  • In the 60's Fulton Sheen worked with renown photographer Yousuf Karsh to create a series of books about Rome, the Mass, the Sacraments, and the Holy Land that paired Sheen's stellar teachings with beautiful photography.  
  • Unfortunately the original books with large photos are hard to find.  I only have a small, low quality reprint of These are the Sacraments.  The text is the same, but someday I'd like to find one of the original hardbacks.
  • I'm still chewing my way through this one.  In typical Sheen fashion, he packs so much truth into his writing, using a style that is both accessible and full of wisdom.
  • My favorite part is how Sheen connects the nature and design of the Sacraments with text from both the Old and New Testaments, painting a picture of the intricate mysteries of the Sacraments.
  • If you want to understand more about the deep, rich meaning of the seven Sacraments, this book is for you.

Who Does He Say You Are?, Colleen Mitchell {A}
  • I met Colleen at a conference earlier this summer and heard about her upcoming book release. I signed up to receive a free preview copy of the ebook, and I loved it.  Colleen and Franciscan were kind enough to send me a free print copy so that I can give one away to you! (Giveaway at the bottom of post!)
  • Women of the Bible has long been a favorite study topic of mine.  The stories of the women in Old Testament was probably one of the first things that really helped me understand God's creative design and plan for us as women.  I've continued to read and study all of the ladies of Scripture, and Colleen's book is now at the top of my list of resources.  
  • After creating a Women of the Resurrection Bible Study for my small group this Easter, I wish I had this book earlier!  It's style would lend itself perfectly for group study, a book club, or discipleship.  It also would be perfectly suited to personal study and journaling.
  • Colleen chose the stories of twelve New Testament women, shared the Scripture, and wrote a personal reflection that you can tell is the fruit of prayer and time with the Lord.  She also connects the Biblical women's story to you in a section called "Who Does He Say You Are," includes an original prayer, and questions for reflection.  It's the perfect length and the perfect content.
  • Also- the print version is beautiful!  The cover is the softest, and the pages are on nice thick paper, which is so nice if you are an underliner/notetaker.
  • If you are looking for inspiration to discover and rediscover exactly who Jesus says you are, this book is for you.  If I haven't convinced you, read a free sample here.

Helena, Evelyn Waugh {B}
  • I've had several people recommend this book to me, and I am glad to have read it even though it was a stretch for me both in style and content.  I'm not an expert on 4th century Rome, so keeping track of all of the characters (and their multiple names) as well as the historical events that the book hints at was a challenge for me.
  • I did love the character of Helena and how she grew and changed, faced circumstances so unlike our own, came to faith late in life, and ended up leaving a legacy of belief.
  • It wasn't until about chapter ten that I really enjoyed the book.  Contrasting Helena's life with the journey of the Bishop in Jerusalem who had lived under persecution and now presided over the "circus" of popular Christianity was the best narrative in the story.
  • Evelyn Waugh himself called this his favorite book, so that is an endorsement in iteself. :)
  • If you are looking to get to know St. Helena or want to see a different view of the Roman empire, this book is for you.

The House at Riverton, Kate Morton {A}
  • Some of my book club friends and I were going to read this years ago, but never got around to it.  It sat on my shelf until a roadtrip to North Carolina required a stack of reading material.  This was a perfect choice after touring the Biltmore, and I finished it with vivid pictures of architecture and a grand house in my mind.
  • The story is carried by Grace, a servant who worked at a grand house in the 1920's, and continues through her elderly years.  The plot line bounces back and and forth through time, but in a seamless way that unfolds the story and is easy to follow.  Grace's perspective and work for the house and family becomes tightly intertwined with the three children of the family.  The closer the connection, the stronger the secrets, and the deeper the mystery.  After ninety-nine years of life, Grace has a story to tell about the House of Riverton, and you get to hear it.
  • If you like the aristocratic drama of Downton Abbey or period mysteries that are character driven, this book is for you.

Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set L.M. Montgomery, {A}
(not pictured above, listened to through Librivox App)
  • Over the past month, I have done quite a bit of driving and decided to use my time wisely with some audio books.  A dear friend recommended the Librivox App, which shares public domain books read by volunteers for free.  (!) Audio books can be so expensive so this is an awesome tool to have available.
  • I read Anne of Green Gables as a kid, but for some reason never finished the series.  I'm remedying that now, and have already listened to Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island.
  • One thing about audio books is that you have to enjoy the voice of the reader.  The friend that recommended Librivox also recommended reader Karen Savage.  I enjoyed her style- she was a perfect fit for the Anne books.  You can find the first book with here as the reader here.
  • If you are looking for something light, whimsical, and happy, Anne is for you.

And now for the giveaway!  Enter to win your own copy of Colleen Mitchell's "Who Does He Say You Are!" I know you'll love it.

Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at midnight.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages


Mother Teresa, icon of charity and mercy, will be canonized this fall.  This step cements her as an example for everyone of radically living out our Christian vocations.  I think that there is no better time to introduce or revisit her incredible wisdom.  Enjoy these Mother Teresa quote coloring pages for yourself, share them with kiddos, a Bible Study, or a friend!

Click on each image to download the full sized pdf:

"Do not think love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.  What we need is to love without getting tired." ~Mother Teresa
"Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love." ~Mother Teresa
 "Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness." ~Mother Teresa
 "I am a small pencil in God's hand." ~Mother Teresa

After so much sweet feedback, I was inspired to create a few more Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages.  Click here to see them: