Three new articles in the Catholic Update series from American
Also from americancatholic.org the series Catechism
for US :
Respect and Justice for All by Joan McKamey
and Respect in Family by Gerard F. Baumbach
God With Whole Mind and Heart by Joan McKamey
From the same publishers the series of articles Every
Day Catholic - Inspiration for Catholic living is also worth exploring.
power of story — by Elizabeth Pike: Proclaiming
the Kingdom . God’s message to the world in and through his Son
is the focus of the third Mystery of Light. Madonna, July/August
Matters — by Chris Gleeson SJ : Words with feeling
. Through words, we tell our stories. Through the Word, we become part
of God’s story.
Trust In God, by
Rev. Mark Connolly, Spirituality
for Today, August 2007
Mary Through the Bible: The Original Mary: Our Lady's Life Before the
Annunciation, by Edward P. Sri, Holy Spirit Interactive
Blessed Are the Meek: Quotations
to stir heart and mind, compiled by Richard A. Kauffman, Christianity
Today magazine, August 7, 2007
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn,
Quotations to stir heart and mind, compiled by Richard A. Kauffman,
Christianity Today magazine, July, 2007
in Spirit: Quotations to stir heart and mind, compiled by Richard
A. Kauffman, Christianity Today magazine, June, 2007
Three new articles in the New Catechism for US series on the
Coming this summer in the same series:
- June 2007 - Loving God With Whole Mind and Heart
- July 2007 - Love and Respect in Family
- August 2007 - Love, Respect and Justice for All
Also from americancatholic.org the series Walking With the Saints :
- Women Who Knew Jesus by Joanne Turpin
- Saints of the 20th Century by Robert F. Morneau
- Men and Women Who Changed the Church by William H. Shannon
Growing Tomorrow's Leaders by Marlene Sweeney, Catechist, May 14, 2007
"The skills we learn in life are valuable to the service we provide in our ministry."
The Value of Silence by Michael Casey, OCSO, Terra Spiritus, Volume 2 Issue 1, 2006
"The fact is that we are not only creatures with a need for others. Each of us is unique and original and we need time and space apart to grow into whatever is essential for freedom and human dignity."
Addiction & Spirituality, Terra Spiritus, Volume 3 Issue 2, 2007
Janiene Wilson explores the subtle nature of addiction and the role spirituality can have in helping us move beyond addiction.
Birthing Tree: The Power of Story – Elizabeth Pike, Madonna
- November/December 2006
"Sadly, today, there are many obvious signs of the dying of
a type of religion we have known in the past. However, we must not
be alarmed, because within the season of November and December we
are put in touch with special events such as All Saint’s Day,
All Soul’s Day, Advent and Christmas. These celebrations are
reminders that point us to the central mystery of the faith given
to us by Jesus that it is only through dying that new life can burst
Peace by Sr. Roberta Leskey, The Way of St. Francis, September/October
"I have strategically placed the statue of Saint Francis and
the Wolf of Gubbio near my clock, phone, and calendar on my office
desk. It is a subtle reminder to tame the unpredictable wolf that
abides within when I am caught up in multitasking, meeting deadlines,
dealing with a fickle computer, and attempting to see and hear the
Christ in all who cross the threshold of my office."
Devotions: A means of permeating everyday life with prayer, by Ann
Maree Whenman, Echoing the Word, Vol. 5 No. 5, 2006
"Popular devotions have developed gradually over years, perhaps
centuries, as people sought ways of living out their faith. They have
arisen in the encounter between the Catholic faith and the spiritual
needs of a culture."
A Short History By Alfred McBride, O. Praem.
A response to Pope John Paul’s eucharistic desire with this
reflection on six stages in the history of the Eucharist in the Western
Church. Catholic Update October©2006
the Church Change? By Michael D. Guinan, O.F.M., Every Day Catholic,
"Throughout history, people have puzzled over fundamental questions:
Why was I born? What happens after I die? Does life have meaning?
In 2006, Every
Day Catholic will address these questions and explore the
fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith." In past issues of
Every Day Catholic: Why
Do We Suffer? By Michael D. Guinan, O.F.M. ; ‘Who
Then Can Be Saved?’ By Thomas H. Groome; Sharing
Our Faith by Judith Dunlap. Upcoming in 2007: a series of articles
on each of the commandments.
A Historical Portrait
This is a series of articles. "At a time when so many different
ideas about Jesus are being circulated, what more authentic source
for learning about him than the Gospels? And what better way of studying
the New Testament than with an expert who has spent his life pondering
and teaching it? Scripture scholar Father Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.,
is our guide." I have already mentioned this series of articles
in the previous edition of the Catholic Educators News, but several
new articles have been published since then: The
Death of Jesus: Then and Now; Rendering
to Caesar—and to God; The Resurrection: High Point of History
(coming in December); Christianity Takes Root (January 2007); When
He Comes Again (February 2007)
Christ: The Model for All Humanity by Jack Wintz,
O.F.M. - From the Vatican 2 Today series published by St. Anthony
"The Second Vatican Council brought about new understanding
of discipleship and what it means to imitate Jesus. Learn how to be
a disciple in the modern world by being a servant to humanity, seeking
union with Christ, showing concern for the poor, struggling to build
peace and believing in God's love."
The Desert by Jeanne Heiberg - Catechist, February
"Most of us have desert times in our lives—times when
we are tempted, when following Jesus is especially hard. These desert
times teach us to rely more on God than on ourselves."
by Rev. Mark Connolly, Spirituality for Today, February 2006
- Volume 10, Issue 7
"What we have to learn in Christian theology is simply this,
as long as you carry a grudge, you will never truly follow the Christ
who carried His Cross and taught us the theology of forgiveness."
God In: Daily Meditations for Lent by Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Catholic
Update February©2005, St. Anthony Messenger Press
"When are we most willing to let God into our lives? Often it
is when we are most broken, when we finally admit our inadequacy to
“stand on our own.”
Seed Alone – Mark 4:26-29 by Antoinette Collins, Echoing the
"There is a group of agricultural parables used in Mark chapter
4, which help to explain the presence, reign or milieu of God. The
whole chapter is dominated by farming or agricultural images with
no fewer than three parables about seeds – their sowing and
Myth of Pope Joan by Patrick Madrid, Holy Spirit Interactive,
January 08, 2006
"A lot of things are said about the alleged "Pope Joan."
Depending on who is telling the story, she was a courageous feminist,
a clever opportunist, a brilliant scholar who couldn't make it as
a woman in a man's world. She is said to have been a wise ruler and
an astute theologian, though, oddly, no decree or theological teaching
purporting to have come from her has made its way down to our day.
In any case, the fact is, there was no Pope Joan. She exists only
as pure legend, but one that makes for a sexy story. And when it comes
to sexy stories, you know Hollywood will try its hand at making a
blockbuster out of this piece of pope fiction."
and the Ox by Jeanne Heiberg, Catechist Magazine, 2005
"With Symbol Talk you can help your students understand the
meaning of Christian symbols through discussion, craftmaking, and
Can a DRE Give a Catechist? by Gail Thomas McKenna, Catechist
Survey: fill out a survey for a chance to win We Believe &
Celebrate from Sadlier
Doctrine Dance: Why Lewis defied convention and opposition in order
to bring Christian truth into the public arena. By Christopher Mitchell,
Christian History, Summer 2005
self-absorption and blaming the victim keep us from understanding the
plight of the poor, Tidings,
Friday, January 13, 2006
Feeding Tubes Morally Obligatory? By Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M.,
M.D., Ph.D., St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online - January
What help does the Catholic faith offer on this controversial issue?
A Franciscan medical doctor and ethicist explains the principles and
in the World is Faith Anyway? by Mark Shea, Holy
Spirit Interactive, November 12, 2005
"Defining the word "Faith" seems to be one of the
most baffling things in the world for most of us. Every day you'll
hear people say stuff like "You just gotta have faith..."
and then not finish the sentence. They will assure us in a time of
crisis "Just believe. Your faith will make you strong."
But when we ask the $64,000 question, "Just believe what?"
many are not exactly snappy in their response."
Bringing Christmas Peace
to the Classroom: A Christmas Carol, Emotional Intelligence, and Catholic
by Tim Warneka, M.Ed., LPCC, Today's
Catholic Teacher, November/December 2005
"What can Ebenezer Scrooge teach us about peace?
Help your students develop their emotional intelligence and become
more peaceful people with this Catholic look at A Christmas Carol."
A Question of Humanity
by Fr. Kevin Fitzgerald, SJ, Company
Magazine, August 18, 2005 - a genetic researcher, explores
A explains how genetic engineering calls on us to review our basic assumptions
about being human.
Helps for Prayer by Armand Nigro sj - Jesuit Fr Armand Nigro offers
five simple ways to approach our prayer.
in Others by Jean Vanier
Kevin R. Yurkus has recently written an interesting article called The
Other Catholics: A Short Guide to the Eastern Catholic Churches
in which he provides a survey of the the 24 churches throughout the
world that are in communion with Rome but are not part of the Roman
Former TV executive uses 'power of film' on behalf of poor The-Tidings.com
by By Paula Doyle, and Becoming
'a catechizing community of faith' Mike Nelson. Both of these articles
were published in Tidings
Teaching and Learning Equation
by Rod Haenke in Today's Catholic Teacher
the Mentally Handicapped Can Teach Us - According to Jean Vanier,
Founder of L'Arche Communities. Zenith
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