BibleTutor™: Places - " Knowing something about
the places mentioned in the Bible can help you follow and
appreciate the Biblical story. Each item ... is linked to
a page that gives a brief description of the place and a summary
of its importance in the Bible. Each page has a map and many
include pictures that show the character of the place. The
places are listed in connection with biblical books and people..."
- From Jesus to Christ: maps, archaeology & sources
Virtual World Project - Exploring the Ancient World Through
Virtual Reality - Includes panoramic 360° photos of sites,
time lines, text, maps.
- the town of Jesus - "These pages aim at providing a short
but reliable and up-to-date summary of nineteen seasons of excavations
(1968-1986) conducted in Capharnaum by the late Fr. Virgilio C.
Corbo ofm and Fr. Stanislao Loffereda ofm."
The Holy Sepulchre - “This Web site wants to be a "virtual visit" to
this most sacred Christian site. We shall also review the twenty
centuries of history of this unique monument.”
Map of Israel
- Land of Israel in the first c. CE - with a few photos and
background historical notes on cities and historical sites - by
Mahlon H. Smith
Jesus: Maps - 17 maps
The Western Wall - The
Western Wall is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount,
the one that was closest to the Holy of Holies when the Temple stood.
This site offers facts and figures on the wall, animations showing
how the wall was built, a tour along the wall in text and images
and video clips, a live web cam.
Excavations at Cana of Galilee - Recent excavations carried
out by Fr. Eugenio Alliata ofm
Available on the Resources for Catholic Educators Web site:
Power Point Presentations Online
I have been doing a bit of digging around to see what types of
Power Point presentations were available online that could be useful
for Catholic Faith education. Here are a few of the resources I
have unearthed (In order to view these PPT files, you will need
to download and install a PowerPoint Reader if you do not already
have one. It is available as freeware on
the Microsoft website) :
Lenten and Easter
of Easter: A presentation in four parts: origins of Easter;
Easter Sunday; Readings; Summary. On the Web
site of the Franciscan Friars - Province of the Holy Spirit
Other useful presentations
Directory for Catechesis Symposium - "A symposium in anticipation
of the publication of the National Directory for Catechesis was
held on January 10, 2005 in Baltimore, MD. The following links will
lead you to the presentations given on that day and to Power Point
files that you can use to as part of any training you wish to do
with these presentations."
Dialogue and the Catholic Church - Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)
by Willie Garcia-Tunon, S.J. at the Belen Jesuit Preparatory
School, Miami, Florida
John Paul II: A Power Point Presentation with text and photos.
focuses on patience and hope - with beautiful images. Can be useful
The Passion of Christ:
Bridget's Brigade, the website of an organization whose "mission
is to promote (through a more active prayer life and meditations)
an increased devotion to the passion and death of Our Lord, Jesus
Christ." This website offers 14 Power Point presentations.
Bible Study - This is a series of power point presentations
by Fr. John Morley, a Catholic priest. He provides a introduction
to Catholic interpretation of the Bible, an overview of the historical
background of the Bible in general and of the Book of Revelation
in particular, and then introduces the Book of Revelation, the theological
themes it contains, and provides a chapter by chapter commentary
on it (incomplete).
Canticle of Brother Sun - The text of the Canticle with breathtaking
images in the background! Another presentation on the website
of the Franciscan Friars - Province of the Holy Spirit.
Web Sites Worth Exploring |
Franciscan Radio has put together a Lenten
Radio Retreat with audio files for music and the Lord’s
Prayer, text for homilies given by U.S. Catholic bishops and links
to weekly Scripture readings. The introduction to this "Radio
Retreat" reads as follows:
Franciscan Radio and the U.S. Catholic bishops encourage you
to put aside today’s cares and worries, and take a “Radio
Retreat”—online. Using either the Windows Media Player,
Real Player or any MP3 player, including Apple’s iPod, take
this opportunity to focus clearly on what God is saying to you
this Lent. Each week our group of bishops leads you, in English
or in Spanish, through the Lenten Gospels.
Fr. Peter Scally, SJ, at Jesuit Media Initiatives in London is running
a trial for the whole of Lent this year of a new project called
The idea is to provide daily prayer in the MP3 audio format for
the many people who travel to and from work every day on bus, train,
tube or subway - using music and scripture to guide them through
a ten minute prayer session every day. It is downloadable for free
from the internet, so that you can take it with you on your player,
and pray on your way to work, or on your way home, or whenever you
like! This is offered on the Sacred
Space web site that also features a Retreat
for Lent 2006. Another source of meditation and prayer online
during Lent is the St.
Elizabeth Parish (Melville, NY) Lenten Reflection page.
The Web site
of Creighton University has a section of very good resources
for Lent and Easter under the following headings: a Lenten Audio
Retreat with Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.; Printable two-sided handouts
about Lent; Choosing Lent - Acting Lent; Holy Week Resources; Easter
Resources. This is well worth a visit.
12 retreat resources - Simon Keane from Corpus Christi, Broome,
Western Australia - A series of downloadable Word documents outlining
activities for a retreat to provide senior high students with "a
discrete and unique programme of significant experiences that challenges
students to integrate personal faith with their life and culture."
The Anglican parish church of St George the Martyr,Wash Common,
a small suburb to the south of Newbury, Berkshire, England, offers
by Ken Cooke depicting the XIV stations of the cross.
The UK Priest website
provides a number of articles on the life of a priest and the challenges
of the priesthood. Interesting for those who feel they may be called
to the priesthood, but also for educators who would like to inform
about the priesthood. There is even an interactive page where primary
school children are invited to put on the vestments of the priest
in the correct order.
Videos with Values,
a Web site of Oblate Media and Communication offers a Lent &
Easter Reflections written by Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI. There is
one short reflection every day and they are read by professional
actors and you can listen
to them online or on your iPod. You can also subscribe to receive
the reflections via email or listen to past reflections in the
archive. The site also offers access to 60 second God Squad reflections
by Father Harry Schlitt. These are punctuated with popular music.
While you are on the site, you can glean through their Religious
and Educational Resources pages. They have some interesting
Christ: The Model for All Humanity by Jack
Wintz, O.F.M. - From the Vatican 2 Today series published
by St. Anthony Messenger Press
"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
"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 Word, 06-02-2006
"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 their growing..."
pop & rock music from The Grace Project - Another web site
offering a handful of of free MP3 music downloads.
Fishers of Men,
a film requested by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops.
You can see a trailer on the Web site of GrassrootsFilms.com at
. Click on "Projects" and then on the image above the
title of the film. It documents the lives of some of the most influential
and courageous men in history. This film on vocations to the priesthood
has been described as the best vocational film ever produced for
the Catholic Church.
I transmit the following request by the people at Grassroots Films:
"We ask for your prayers that we may continue producing films
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Many people who call themselves
faithful Catholics only attend Mass once a year -- at Easter.
A priest preaching to an unusually large Easter congregation included
a sly dig at the once-a-year crowd with these words:
"I'm very glad to see so many unfamiliar faces here on this
Easter Sunday morning, and before closing, I'd like to take this
opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!"
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist's
Novocain during root canal work?
He wanted to transcend dental medication.
A priest had been preaching for 45 minutes on the
topic of brotherly love.
"And now, my friends, what more can I say?" he finally
A voice from the back of the church muttered, "How about
Priest: Fred, why aren't you singing in the choir
Fred: Well, Father, I missed a Mass last month and everyone thought
that the organ had been tuned.
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