The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 44/January 31, 2021

"If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts"

Those first disciples we heard about last week answered a call. That is not always easy to do. This week the psalm response challenges us to consider how we would react if we were called in a similar way by God. Would our hearts be hardened? Would we have far too many priorities in front of our relationship with God? How might your family soften your hearts to hear and follow the authority of Jesus?



Family Stories:

  • "My Heart" by Corinna Luyken
  • "A Heart for Jesus" by Juanita Bynum
  • "Just in Case You Ever Wonder" by Max Lucado

Parent Article:

For Teens:


  • Here is a writing exercise connected to the children's story, My Heart, listed above. This activity can be used to talk about difficult feelings, God's expectations for our heart, and how your child's heart grows due to kindness! There is even a Valentine that can be filled out and sent to a loved one!
  • Make a list of ways God "speaks" to you in your heart, even though you may not hear God physically.
  • If a friend came to your son or daughter and asked for some advice, what would he or she say? Use the attached handout to role play "advice-giving." This is a great exercise for working together on your child's moral development.


Sitting with the scriptures each week, helps us to better listen to God's direction for our lives. Follow the Lanky Guys podcast to hear a weekly reflection on scripture
The Lanky Guys podcast

A lighthearted exploration of the Sunday readings Fr. Peter Mussett: Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center Dr. Scott Powell, director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought in Boulder


Prayer doodling can help focus on our attention, provide much-needed quiet time and give us greater insight into where God is trying to lead us. Follow the link below to find out how to do this creative prayer alone, or as a family!


Start the path to listening more intently for God and making small steps toward positive change or righting a wayward path, by watching and talking about the videos below.
Struggling to Hear God's Voice
18 Minute Guided Meditation on Hearing God's Voice
The Bad Seed




  • How does God talk to us?
  • What does it mean to have a "hard heart?" Is there something or somebody you have a hard heart against?
  • Is it sometimes hard to know what God expects of us?
  • Is it sometimes hard to understand what our parents and our teachers expect of us? Are those things the same as God's expectations?
  • How could I be even better than I am right now?


PIETY - a Gift of the Holy Spirit that gives a person the ability to recognize their total reliance on God. Pope Francis describes it as a recognition of "our belonging to God, our deep bond with him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him, even during the most difficult and troubled moments."

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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