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“Like an oasis in the desert, it is refreshing to encounter in our chaotic world those few individuals who pause to reconsider true values and priorities, and who not only have the courage to reorder their lives according to these values—values like God, spouse, children, work and apostolate—but also share this experience and the fruit of that experience with others. James and Kathleen Littleton have done just that and, over the years, they have shared their experience with others through the apostolate “Forming Faithful Families” and the “Family Hearth General Store”. Recently, the Littletons joined together with St. Joseph Radio and I.H.S. Productions to develop a wonderful video series based on this experience. This series provides practical advice to help individuals and families reorient themselves to God and to each other, to develop personal knowledge, conviction and confidence, to love more deeply and to serve the Church and world more effectively. To complement the video series, the Littletons also provide a program guide for small group discussions making this series ideal for families, parishes and diocesan organizations. Their advice is truly refreshing not only because of their own personal accomplishments, but also because their experience and advice is firmly grounded in the teaching of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture and the wisdom of the saints. With this series, James and Kathleen offer a thirsty world a refreshing and satisfying drink.”
—Dr. Timothy Herrman, Augustine Institute
"Wow. I just watched the video on Motherhood! One of the most inspiring messages I have ever heard! What beautiful stories!"
WCKV is proud to announce that we will start airing your series of programs that benefit families.
- Dan Calderon, Station Owner WCKV
"Praying for you in Jerusalem. God bless this great work, James!"
- Fr Eamon
"May God bless you and your family and all the people whose lives you touch through your ministry."
- Celine Kelly
Visit our Video Page to watch a sample program from our series entitled
Marriage is for Always and Forever
Forming Faithful Families™ Formational Television & Small Group Video Series
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Watch for our series on Catholic Television. If your favorite Catholic Networks and stations do not have it please contact them to ask for Forming Faithful Families television series.
Forming Faithful Families Television series was broadcast on CatholicTV available in 14 million households. Praise Jesus!
and SHALOM WORLD
SHALOM WORLD television is available on ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV (2012 and newer models), Kindle Fire HD, and online at www.ShalomWorld.org/live Glory to God in the Highest!
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Telecare TV Everyday Faith Live! Interview of James and Kathleen Littleton -May 8, 2015 episode.
and NetNY TV Brooklyn, NY
And Catholiclife Television Baton Rouge, LA
and KUPU TV Honolulu, HI
and WLAEDT3 TV New Orleans
and WCKV-TV, Clarksville, TN which airs on Charter Ch-9 & CDE Lightband Ch-12.
CTV, Diocese of Scranton, PA
In today’s prevalent culture the institution of the family and faith are under attack. With absolute confidence in the grace and power of God, we at Forming Faithful Families (whose primary mission is Strengthening Families in the Faith), in collaboration with St. Joseph Evangelization Network have been inspired to put out into the deep (see Luke 5:4) to do our part to turn this tide.
Forming Faithful Families is a faithful and trustworthy television program in service to the New Evangelization, saturated with scripture, and containing teaching, reflections, anecdotes and encouragement pertaining to our Catholic Faith, with a substantial focus on Marriage and Family Life Faith Formation, in easy to use television, video and book formats.
Our faith-filled educational and inspiring materials and programs are perfect for:
· Lay Formation and New Evangelization
· Living Counter-culturally
· Spiritual Growth and Prayer
· Men, Women, Couples or Co-ed
· Pre-Cana and Engaged Couples
· Marriage, Family Life and Baptismal Prep
· Creating a Domestic Church
· Healing through Suffering and Loss
Awe of Life
We hope that you will consider airing the first year’s fifteen part series on television and/or purchasing, implementing and promoting it at the diocesan, parish and small group level. We welcome any questions. We hope we will hear from you and that you will put this work for the Church to effective use.
Forming Faithful Families is bursting with encouragement and imbued with an assurance that our awesome and Merciful Father is constantly performing “marvels of love”in our lives (See Psalm 31). We will walk closely with the viewer as we persevere down the road of Love together. When we have Jesus and His Church we have Everything! Jesus, we trust in you!
James M. Littleton
President, Co-founder & Co-director, Forming Faithful Families™
“The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, which has been given us” (Romans 5:6, JB).
Jim and Kathleen Littleton have my heartfelt endorsement as speakers and catechists of our precious faith. Their kind and soft spoken approach to difficult and challenging Catholic topics is a blessing to our church. They rightly see the centrality of marriage issues in our culture wars today, yet seem to witness more with their lives than beating anyone over the head with the Bible or Encyclicals.
Fr Thomas Koys, M.A.,S.T.L.
Pastor, St James at Sag Bridge, Lemont, IL
Forming Faithful Families Formational Video Series
In collaboration with St. Joseph Evangelization Network
Hosts: James & Kathleen Littleton, JD, MTS
Forming Faithful Families™ - Strengthening Families in the Faith
International Catholic Family Ministry in Service to the New Evangelization including Parish Based and Small Faith Community Programs, Lectures, Retreats, Workshops, Spiritual Guidance, Television, Radio and many other resources and services.
Forming Faithful Families http://www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com/ is a non-profit public charity under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Forming Faithful Families is a faithful and trustworthy program in service to the New Evangelization consisting of reflections and anecdotes pertaining to our Catholic Faith, Scripture, Sacraments, Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayer, Awe of life, marriage, family, parenting, openness to life, creating a Catholic culture, joy, healing, mercy, forgiveness, trust, hope, the Cross, the Resurrection, Providence, and much more. We reflect on the certainty of the infinite personal love of Jesus for each of us, that He is supremely interested and in control of every detail of our lives, and that He is always bringing the greatest good out of everything for us.
We know that by turning everything to their good, God cooperates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son… (Romans 8: 28-30, JB)
Forming Faithful Families is full of encouragement and imbued with an assurance that our awesome and Merciful Father is constantly performing “marvels of love” in our lives (see Psalm 31). We will walk closely with you as we persevere down the road of Love together. When we have Jesus, we have Everything! Jesus we trust in You!
About James & Kathleen Littleton, Founders and Directors of Forming Faithful Families Ministry:
James and Kathleen Littleton are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-eight to eight, and five living in heaven. They regretfully started their marriage out as contracepting, nominal Catholics. They are Catholic reverts, speakers, spiritual directors, radio hosts of Forming Faithful Families on Radio Maria, frequent, radio guests, co-authors of Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, Better by the Dozen Plus Two, Part Two, subtitled Lessons Learned Through Loss and Leukemia by Kathleen Littleton, and Healed Through Cancer by James Littleton, as well as co-authors of Forming Faithful Families Program Guide.
Kathleen Littleton is first and foremost, a wife and mother of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth and five in heaven. She has earned her Masters in Theological Studies from the Institute of Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. She has worked at her parish as Director of Religious Education and part-time for the diocesan tribunal. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from DePaul College of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from University of Illinois.
James Littleton is a husband and father of nineteen, author, international speaker, evangelist, radio host, spiritual director, cancer sojourner, and entrepreneur.
James & Kathleen are available as speakers or retreat or workshop presenters, individually or as a couple, on a wide range of Faith and Family topics. Their guest appearances on Catholic television and radio programs include EWTN and many more.
Forming Faithful Families
Founders & Directors, James and Kathleen Littleton
32 W. Nebraska Street Frankfort,IL60423
Phone: 708-334-1988 Email: email@example.com
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Forming Faithful Families Formational Video Series
In collaboration with St. Joseph Evangelization Network
Hosts: James & Kathleen Littleton
Forming Faithful Families - Strengthening Families in the Faith
Television Program/Contents/DVD Titles with episode descriptions
Living by a Hierarchy of Values
Since our family’s reversion to the faith, God has moved us to understand and accept what we believe are His hierarchy of values. Simply, they are the following, with the first having the highest value:
We should integrate all of these important values into our lives, but the key is not to
allow a lesser value to interfere with or do damage to a higher value.
Healing through Pouring and Mercy
What does it mean to pour it all out for Jesus and souls? Consider Matthew 19:1&-22: "Now someone approached him [Jesus] and said, 'Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?’" Note the question. The man is asking what good he himself must do. He seems to be asking what the bare essentials are that he is required to do. This, unfortunately, is an example of dripping as opposed to pouring. We are called to be pourers.
God our infinitely merciful Father is always seeking us out, always ready to forgive, always, and constantly ready to pour His infinite mercy upon us. This reality is portrayed beautifully in the well-known Prodigal Son passage in Luke 15:11–24.
Road to Emmaus
Jesus draws near to these men because he cares about them. Let’s put ourselves in their place, these men who are so afraid. “Something prevented them from recognizing (Jesus).” What was this something? It is something that only Jesus himself and his Holy Spirit can fix. They are in need of grace. They could not raise themselves up from the mud of fear, doubt, confusion, and lack of hope. Their faces were “downcast”. They need supernatural help. Jesus sought these souls out. He has a deep interest in these particular souls as He has a profound personal interest in your soul.
Healing through God, His Existence, and Healing through Poverty
Perhaps you are struggling with the question “Does God exist?” The answer is an unequivocal “Yes!” By the way, His existence does not depend upon our acquiescence. He is! How can we sum up Who God is, but in His own words, too deep to fully penetrate with our weak mortal minds: “I Am” (John 8:58, JB). Not “I was,” or “I will be,” but “I am.”
Healing through Mercy and Forgiveness – Part One
You see, Mercy and forgiveness go both ways, God toward us, and us toward others. As far as others forgiving us, we cannot control that. It is a futile waste of time and energy to try to control others. We can only control, with the help of God’s grace, our own attitudes and actions.
Healing through Mercy and Forgiveness – Part Two
When Jesus forgives He forgets. He does not hold our sins against us. Can our all-knowing God actually forget our sins? Yes, only because He chooses to do so, and promises that He will. When we repent, our sins are blotted out, erased. “I it is, I it is, who must blot out everything and not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25, JB). What sins of ours do we think could possibly be too heavy for our infinitely strong God? Let’s not be foolish and proud! Come to His infinite mercy! How much does Jesus love us? He chose to bear the scars on His hands, feet, and side into heaven. He is constantly showing His wounds to His Father saying, “See how much I love them!” He tells us through His prophet, “See, I have branded you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:16, JB).
Healing through Trust and Surrender
When we worry and obsess about our difficulties and troubles we weigh ourselves down in spirit. Most of our suffering derives from our anxiety. We can be less anxious, with God’s help, when we make the effort to be positive, to be grateful people, and to look for ways to make others happy, rather than centering on ourselves. To sum up everything, the answer to every question, doubt, or fear is to trust in Jesus. Though we are incredibly weak and fearful on our own, when we trust Him, with His always present help, we become unshakable.
The Majesty of Motherhood
We need to create a culture that honors mothers. When we hear or utter the name mother, really we should bow or genuflect. In a sense, we are encountering God in a mother. A mother’s life is made up of so many tens of thousands of seemingly ordinary small tasks and sacrifices, but in fact each has an infinite value, when united with Jesus. Mothers have a special dignity that God has blessed them with. Mothers should be confident in this. Mothers should go through life saying, “I am a mother; I am fulfilled! I have no fears or worries because God is with me, and He loves me in an extraordinary way.”
Awe of Life - Part One
So the subjective question comes down to married couples discovering the will of God each month, each cycle of fertility, regarding their openness and readiness to embrace and be open to co-creating new life in partnership with God, of bringing a beautiful new person into existence in time and eternity, an unrepeatable, unique human person with an irreplaceable and necessary mission for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. This possibility is not an imposition, but rather a transcendent gift of the very creative power of God himself. It is humbling and awe-inspiring to think that our Heavenly Father chooses to subject His ache to pour out new life to the choice and generosity of human beings on whom he has bestowed yet another awesome power, that of free will. He will never interfere with our free will, yet ultimately we are called to respond to this and all his gifts in love.
Awe of Life - Part Two
We came to embrace truths, beautiful realities, such as the fact that each person is created in God’s own image and likeness, that he is unique and unrepeatable, that he has a unique irreplaceable mission from God for the good of the world, and for the salvation of others, that one person’s value is in fact greater than the entire created universe as the universe will pass away, but the human person is immortal. He will exist for eternity. The human person’s eternity will only be beginning when all the stars burn out, as if not even one grain of sand of time in all the oceans of the world has passed.
Awe of Life - Part Three
Why do we have abortion and so many other evils in the world? The answer is really very simple. It is because the world is starving for Jesus, and because there aren’t enough authentic Christians willing to radically pray and sacrifice to relieve the world’s thirst. We couldn’t expect a man who was dying of thirst to be capable of thinking clearly and functioning normally. No, he would first need to be refreshed with drink! We need more authentic Christians willing to make the sacrifices it will take to satiate the world’s thirst for Jesus, to do the laborious work of hauling the living waters of Jesus to every soul in the world, each of these souls so precious to Jesus that he would have suffered and died for each one if he or she was the only person ever to exist.
Our Mother Mary Leading to the Word
There is no one beside God who cares more about you than our Blessed Mother Mary. What unfathomable empathy she has for you! And there is no one who has more influence to intercede for us with Jesus than His own mother, Mary. And yes, she can and does intercede! Would we ever ask a friend to pray for us? Well, we can most certainly ask Mary to pray for us! She is as truly alive as you and I are, full of life and full of grace.
Healing by the Bread of Life
Not only do we get close to Jesus in the Eucharist, but we become one with Him, transformed into Him, divinized by Him, given eternal life by Him. This is the same Jesus we experience in the joy of receiving Him in Holy Communion, the same Jesus who walked the earth two thousand years ago, the same Jesus who suffered and died on the cross for us, the same Jesus who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. Yes, Jesus is hidden from the senses. What we see, taste, feel, and smell seems to the senses to be bread and wine, but through the words of consecration by the priest in the Holy Mass these outward appearances have been truly and substantially changed into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity. There is no longer bread and wine, only Jesus.
Marriage is Always and Forever
The world itself is in grave need of the witness of strong and beautiful marriages today. It is desperate for this light. We must create a culture that esteems marriage and family. These words should be whispered with reverence. They are sacred sacraments or signs of God’s inestimable love for the world.