In Our Capacity to Love We Image the Trinity.

What IT's all about.

Friendship is the desire of every human heart- to be in meaningful communion with others, beyond obligation.  The Holy Spirit abides in families drawn together in friendship. Such friendship is anchored in God who is Himself a Communion of Persons, the very definition of LOVE - as each Person constantly pours Himself out for the other.  This is what IT’s all about: Image Trinity.  In Him we discover who we are, what we are to do, and are flooded with supernatural grace to be IT.

What does IT looks like?
  An entire community being transformed in Love.

Dynamic retreats and events. Engaging television and radio programs showcasing families Living IT. Dynamic resources. Integration through web and social media. Dynamic integration and partnership with Eucharistic communities.

When families discover their identity, they get IT more and more, and become a vital basis for extending IT to other families in need.  Imagine-- PreCana, Marriage Encounter and other programs not being an end, but an initiation into a vital community-  one grounded in friendship, and fully integrated into local parishes, but accepting that vitality comes from the “living it out” beyond church walls... leaven in the world.

This vision is already happening.  We are a growing network of families united in friendship and committed to a common vision and mission... a desire to be more deeply formed by our Image of the Trinity, and to live out the implications of that identity.

We are a light on a hill.

Under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Pope Saint John Paul II, we will build a large family retreat as a warm, welcoming, prayer-filled environment for vital family-transformation in our own area, and as a spring board to the rest of the country... including publications, radio, television, resources, programs and conferences.  If you are called to help us make this vision a reality, please shoot us an email. Above all, please join us in prayer and work that we all might more fully Image the Trinity.

Become what you are, and the world will know God who IS Love!

Stay tuned. Get on board HERE!

Greg and Stephanie Schlueter
(814) 449-8808

A Swift Kick in the Butt to Parents (Turn IT Around)

We're so ready to recognize the tragedies around us without admitting their very seeds within us.

We labor for the kind of house that makes it impossible for it to ever be a home. We celebrate pregnancy long enough to deliver them predominantly to the care of another. In the name of our expensive education. In their name "boredom" or "unfulfilled."

And at the end of the day, when they are with us, we really aren't with them. They get the waning scraps of our time, attention and energy. We orphan them to devices, television, video games and electronic media. We sacrifice our kids for things, instead of things for our kids.

We are fathers of the fatherless. In absence of our love our daughters search for it elsewhere. In the way they dress and act we allow them to think of themselves as objects. (Have we forgotten what it was like to be a testosterone-charged teenage boy?) To our sons we bequeath an image of "father" that is anything but. A "right" to maximize being plugged in to ourselves, and unplugged from everyone else.

We are beleaguered. We have surrendered our responsibility to be Godly leaders. Without a fundamental sense of mission and purpose, we merely reflect the rudderless culture around us. We are thermometers, not thermostats. We have given up important boundaries and expectations to their push back, leaving them prey. Our abdication reaffirms absence of a loving God, and their own lack of real worth.

To all this we offer the parental standards of "Ok" or "Alright," as in, "They'll be ok" or "They'll turn out alright" - standards we wouldn't even think of offering a prospective employer inquiring about how we'd do on the job. We console ourselves that children may go astray with even the best of parenting, without really subjecting ourselves to the shining light of "best parenting."

Many of us hide behind being religious, or even spiritual. We faithfully attend church on Sunday. We pray before meals. We have holy images on our walls. We even attend spiritual events and read spiritual materials. Too often we regard these as "products" of spiritual cosmetology, versus our life blood. Too often we're more fixed on appearing holy than in actually becoming holy. Our spiritual pride keeps us insulated from taking a hard look in the mirror.

Whatever we may say about our various, holy activities, the greatest evidence is that our lives are not contagious enough to connect with the multitude of searching hearts around us; numbers are in steady decline; the Holy Communion we receive does not correspond to a Holy Community we live.

Many of us have failed to navigate beyond momentary conviction to a total commitment. Our calendars pronounce what we really worship. If a coach were to request an additional 60 minutes of practice tomorrow, we'd get them there. We would make the sacrifice. Yet, when is the last time we set aside just 60 minutes as a family to talk and pray, to encounter the life-giving grace of the Holy Spirit alive in our relationships?

And we wonder. Why are our children so disconnected. Confused. Angry. Misguided. Disrespectful. Rebellious. Selfish. Unkind. The hard truth is, they image us. They are our proclamation of faith. They are our legacy. They are crying out for a kind of love they were designed to receive, for which we alone were uniquely designed to give. Our greatest and most sacred trust. Nothing and no one can fill the vacuous cavern left by a parent's absence.

Parents, there are no presents that surpass the gift of our presence. Fashioned in the image of God in Jesus Christ, our greatest joy in life will only be found in giving our lives away (Matt. 16:24). God calls us to this great mission. Family is it's capacity. We have but a moment and then it's gone. No identity or mission surpasses the truth: we Image the Trinity. Our mission is to make God, who is Love, known.

This week turn IT around. Put a flag in the sand. Commit to so much more than a moment, but a movement. Start by setting aside just 10 minutes as a family to take the Live IT 60/7 Inventory. It is an eye-opener, and likely a door opener to a great adventure. More than ever, our world needs this testimony. Join us!.

Giving Your Body Away

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity. As with every Mass, we're challenged to recognize how we are participants. We're invited to open the door to our supreme identity and mission. We exist to make God, who is Love, known.

We Image the Trinity. We're called to Live IT.
How do you do this... personally?

Your body is language. Your capacity for communication. Intimacy. To become one. The deepest desire of your heart.

  • "My whole" body that does not correspond to "my whole" life is, by definition, a lie. 
  • "My whole" body that can not be fully given or received is, by definition, incompatible. 
  • "My whole" body as gift that excludes the Giver is, by definition, not sacred. 
  • "My whole" body to many, or for whatever reason, or impermanent, is, by definition, splintered. Cheap. 
"My whole" body and soul bruised, beaten, broken... brought earnestly to Him who bore it, in Whom restored it, is, by definition, transformed.

The Rules are not arbitrary. They are not oppressive. They are the very shape of love, and communicated by those who truly love. We are not their author. We do not make them, they make us. We can not break them, only be broken by them.

In some way, each of us are broken. Without being sinners we have no need of a Savior. Without being broken, we have no basis of intimacy with the Restorer. Matt 11:28: All who are weary, all who are broken in any way (all of us), here's your invitation to Holy Communion... a life of great intimacy that is true.

GETTING THE HELL OUT [Parents Against Porn]

Dear Parents and Spouses, 

We are parents. Our six children range in age from 17 to 10. Whatever else we do in life, our ultimate measure of success is whether or not they make it to heaven. Nothing is more important. 

There's no greater assault today on a soul's eternal destiny than anonymous access to pornography[REFERENCE: ALL STATS]

  • 95% of all teens are on-line.
  • 78% own a smartphone.
  • 93% of boys and 63% of girls view porn before age 18. 
  • Age 11: The average age one views porn. 
  • Ages 12-17: Largest consumer group of porn. 
The impact on marriages, families and society is devastating.
  • 68% of divorce cases involved one party meeting a new lover over the Internet.
  • Those who have ever committed adultery are 218% more likely to look at porn.  
Here's the hard truth: If you don't have filtering or monitoring on your kids' (spouse's) devices, you're playing games with their souls. We all know way too many good people whose lives, marriages and families have been shattered by porn. We're naive if we think somehow our families are less susceptible. 

Being convicted isn't enough. We've got to do something, and there's something we can do. 

If you find another service, great. Please let us know. Otherwise, we've been researching various services for years. Our experience with Covenant Eyes filtering and reporting software (on computers and devices) has been second to none.

Yes, there is a price, but a price we can't afford NOT to pay knowing our children are safe from seductive, addictive and destructive content. Join our family in protecting our families. 

Check it out. CLICK HERE

We can be difference makers. Get on board. Spread the word. 

Parents and Families United in Jesus Christ, 

Greg and Stephanie Schlueter 
Image Trinity [MassImpact.US]

AWESOME SEX [Designed by God]

It's beyond tragic so many people, so much of culture... reduces sex to a personal amUSEment park. Commitment terms,...
Posted by Gregory Schlueter on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"The Great Treasure of the Little Flower" (Fr. Dave Nuss)

In this three-part series Fr. Dave Nuss (pastor of Little Flower Parish in Toledo, Ohio) invites us to receive the great treasure of the Little Flower. Become a saint!

PART I: St. Thérèse, Saint for Troubled Times

PART II: St. Thérèse and Suffering, the Way of Love

PART II: St. Thérèse and Humility, the Way of the Child (SOON)


A Lenten Challenge: "Just Live It" (Fr. Larry Richards)

With humor and conviction Fr. Larry Richards challenges us to take Lent seriously, to fix our eyes on becoming saints. LISTEN NOW!

Image Trinity is a movement of Catholic families inviting all to journey in the great adventure of our identity (Image Trinity) and mission: Live IT!