Cana90 Week 9: Gifts in the Making

“We gave you strict orders to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:28-29

Last week, we reflected on joy. Now we want to reflect on another gift: courage. C. S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.” In other words, courage is the virtue built in us when we don’t give up or give in, but keep on trusting Christ joyfully and confidently. The Church Fathers called this virtue fortitude. Let’s pray this week for the gift of courage as we continue to thank Christ for His Resurrection and new life. Don’t forget to practice your joy as well!

Weekend: Grow Your Family Culture!


  • How important is the Mass in our family life? Do we really prepare for it? How can we make Sunday the high point of our week?
  • How do we participate in Mass? How can we deal with moments in which we are distracted or bored?
  • Imagine that you have to explain the Mass to someone who’s never seen it before, perhaps a friend or neighbor who isn’t Catholic. How would you do it? What would you say? 

Hands on

  • Does your family know about Eucharistic miracles? Find out about the Eucharistic miracle that inspired the Feast of Corpus Christi (which is celebrated in early summer). Read this article on NEW Eucharistic miracles that have appeared in the last 20 years from
  • Try visiting a new church in your area for Sunday Mass. If your family has never been to an Eastern Catholic Mass, an Angelican Rite Mass, or a Tridentine Mass, see if there’s one in the area. These different rites can show us the richness and variety of Catholic worship and help us see the rite we regularly worship in with new eyes. 
  • Keep the celebration going! Since we are in the period of thanksgiving and celebration, try to do something special.
  • Check the “Hands on” list from Easter Sunday: if there’s an activity there that you wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance to do, do it now! It’s still Easter!

Messy Family Podcast Resource for the Week: 

MP032: You Can’t “Be Anything You Want to Be”

MP003: Kids in Mass