Interesting Online Articles
The 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 2007
Soul 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
Knowing 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
Poor 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 americancatholic.org:
- God’s Desire for Healing by Joan McKamey
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.
The 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 forth."
Nourish Peace by Sr. Roberta Leskey, The Way of St. Francis, September/October 2006
"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."
Catholic 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."
Can the Church Change? By Michael D. Guinan, O.F.M., Every Day Catholic, November 2006
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
"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.
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)
Jesus Christ: The Model for All Humanityby 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 2005,
"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."
Forgiveness 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."
A 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..."
The 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."
The Ass 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 prayer."
What Can a DRE Give a Catechist? by Gail Thomas McKenna, Catechist Magazine, 1985
Making 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
Are Feeding Tubes Morally Obligatory? By Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., Ph.D., St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online - January 2006
What help does the Catholic faith offer on this controversial issue? A Franciscan medical doctor and ethicist explains the principles and their application.
"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.
Five Helps for Prayer by Armand Nigro sj - Jesuit Fr Armand Nigro offers five simple ways to approach our prayer.
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 Catholic Church.
Teaching and Learning Equation
by Rod Haenke in Today's Catholic Teacher