January 21, 2008 - Volume 1, Number 2
Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
Spiritsong.com - Listen online anytime with streaming audio to a selection of 5 play lists containing hundreds of songs from contemporary Catholic singers. Read more...
What's Your Spiritual Type? Take a quiz and find out...
The letter - The well known story called “A letter from Jesus” is available on GodTube.com as a 7 minutes video. View the video...
The Ade Bethune Collection - This Web site contains hundreds of Ade Bethune's drawings flowing from her association with Dorothy Day and the publication of her pictures in The Catholic Worker. Read more...
Symbols in Christian Art & Architecture - This Web site produced by Walter E. Gast “offers a gallery of images you are likely to find in many Christian churches along with explanations to help you understand their meaning and significance.
Taizé - In addition to information on the International community of Taizé founded by Brother Roger, this Web site provides much that can feed ones faith reflection and prayer. Read more...
Catholic Praise Cast - The initial welcome message of these podcasts reads as follows:
We will pick songs that sing of our Catholic Christian faith. Many songs are written by talented Catholic writers. Following our praise block, we check the calendar, read emails, and maybe even get to speak with some of the top Catholic worship leaders out there today. Read more,,,,Team RCIA - This site is designed for parishes interested in starting and sustaining the catechumenate. Read more...
Resources on the Sunday Readings
Lent - Resources for Catholic Educators
The Resources for Catholic Educators Web site offers extensive resources on the following topics:
A Handshake from Heaven is a beautifully illustrated book written by Carol S. Bannon, a full time writer with a degree in elementary education.
I found sections of the text moving. The publishers' Web site describes it as follows:
I agree with this description. I would, however, have liked the text to touch a bit more on the horizontal dimension of the Eucharist: this sacrament no doubt unites us more and more with God - this is the vertical dimension - but it also opens us to a deeper communion with our brothers and sisters and makes us grow in love for them, especially those most in need of our love. This communal aspect of the Eucharist is not as developed in the text as I would have hoped.
Nonetheless, the book is a wonderful resource.
"Lent is an intense spiritual journey, not only for those preparing for baptism but for all God’s faithful sons and daughters. Lent is an opportunity for each of us to become more aware of our baptismal call. Baptism is no mere symbolic ceremony; it represents our new life in Christ and our daily dying and rising with him. Lent is an opportunity to change our behavior, an occasion to forgive and be forgiven, to be reconciled to God and one another. This won’t happen overnight, but 40 days is a good beginning."
In the Fall Issue of Company Magazine 2007: Forgiving Yourself by Jerry Pockar
“There is no greater gift than forgiveness,” says Franklin Stewart. “Once you believe God forgives you, then you can forgive yourself.”
Clapton, Blues and Conversion by Ronald Rolheiser OMI: An interesting article about the conversion of blues guitar player Eric Clapton.
Articles gleaned from the December issue of the online magazine Spirituality for Today – December 2007
What Is Eternal Life?By Rev. Msgr. Frank Wissel “To know Christ is to have eternal life now. And to know him now is to know him then, when this earthly life is over, and our eyes are closed in death. He is the one that confers on us a higher kind of life, which begins right now and carries over into eternity.”New Year's Prayer