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Germain Grisez — "The Way of the Lord Jesus": This website
facilitates printing out the units into which the three volumes of "The
Way of the Lord Jesus" are divided: Volume 1: Christian Moral
Principles, Volume 2: Living a Christian Life, Volume 3: Difficult Moral
Questions, Volume Four: Clerical and Consecrated Life and Service.
COVID-19 & Resources for Spiritual
Please note, this list will be updated as more resources become available.
Documents & Scholarly Resources:
Germain Grisez — "The Way of the Lord Jesus": This website facilitates
printing out the units into which the three volumes of "The Way of the
Lord Jesus" are divided: Volume 1: Christian Moral Principles, Volume 2:
Living a Christian Life, Volume 3: Difficult Moral Questions, Volume Four:
Clerical and Consecrated Life and Service.
Guide to Early Church Documents
The Father William Most Collection: an internationally-acclaimed
theologian and Scripture scholar. Browse the complete works. View the
complete list of titles of more than 230 theological works and select
any work for reading or download.
"Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church" by International
Theological Commission: Explores the relationship between the sense of
the faithful and the guidance of the teaching Magisterium.…"is a vital
resource for the new evangelization."
of St. Thomas Aquinas. Second and Revised Edition, 1920.
International Theological Commission: Includes Published Documents
and Pontifical Speeches.
Theology Library (Spring Hill College): Sections include: Church,
Revelation, Liturgy, Peace & Justice, Theology, Morality, Spirituality,
Vatican II Council Documents: Vatican Archives
Vatican Resource Archive: includes
Catechism & Compendium,
Codes of Canon Law,
II Vatican Council Documents.
Vatican - CDF Guidelines on Sexual Abuse Allegations. Procedures of
the CDF on sexual abuse allegations towards minors.
Yale University Libraries: Free Web Resources on Religion. Helpful
collection of online resources relating to religious studies that are
available for free.
DigiVatLib (Digital Vatican Library): Provides free access to the
Vatican Library’s digitized collections: manuscripts, incunabula,
archival materials and inventories as well as graphic materials, coins
and medals, printed materials (special projects).
"Abuse of Minors. The Church's Response"
- Vatican Resources on
pertinent documents of Church's response to sexual abuse crisis.
Adoremus: Church Documents relevant to the liturgy
Aquinas 101: Free online video lessons allowing anyone to study one
of the greatest minds in the Church. Receive by email two lessons each
week, walking you through the basics of Aquinas' masterwork, the Summa Theologiae. For those who want to go deeper in any given week,
each lesson with also provide further reading, including the complete
text of the Summa, and an "Ask the Friar" feature for those who
have specific questions they need help with.
Codex Sinaiticus - Oldest New Testament Bible. Online high
resolution images of the Gospel of Mark, and notes on the work.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Major documents of the
CDF available in eight languages…
The Internet Classics Archive: Bringing the wisdom of the classics
to the Internet since 1994.
The Committee on Doctrine (USCCB): established in conformity with
the Holy See to address doctrinal matters. Scroll down for publications.
Duke Divinity School Library: Internet Resources
The Church Fathers: Apostolic Fathers, ante-Nicene Church Fathers,
and post-Nicene Church Fathers. Click on Topics in left column.
Fathers of the Church (CatholicCulture): A complete set of
documents from the Fathers of the Church: saintly writers of the
early centuries whom the Church recognizes as her special witnesses
of the faith.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Church Councils, Church Fathers,
Medieval Thought, Medieval Spiritual
Franciscan Archive: resources on St. Francis & Franciscanism
Online Library for Medieval Studies: Sources of Primary Documents on
Medieval Institute Library: Hesburgh Libraries (University of Notre
Orthodox Monasteries & Monasticism
Church History Study Helps: designed for ministerial theology
students but also an invaluable resource for the lay person.
Historical Documents of the Franciscan Orders: These include any
document regarding any of the Orders founded by St. Francis and any
person’s or affairs related. These are provided both for the purposes of
historical studies into the life of St. Francis and the Friars Minor as
well as the utility of Franciscans and Poor Clares the world over.
Jubilee Year of Mercy:
The Year of Mercy blog - Franciscan University of
Featuring articles, homilies, messages and pastoral resources for
celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Year of Mercy Resources – The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical
Commissions: Includes Introduction to Year of Mercy, Holy Door,
Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas,
Official Rites for the Opening of the Holy Door and the Closing of
the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Advent/Christmas Prep Aid.
56 Ways to Be Merciful During the Jubilee Year of Mercy
(ALETEIA): Practicing mercy in our lives actually does take
practice. "Try randomly selecting one each week and putting it into
practice. (We gave you two extra; mix them up!)"
"Living the Year of Mercy" by Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly,
12/2/2015. Nine practical suggestions to help you walk more
virtuously through the jubilee year.
Year of Mercy Calendar: Encounter and Extend Mercy during the
Year of Jubilee. Live the Year of Mercy day by day with the Year
of Mercy Calendar. Each day of the week provides helpful suggestions
to live a more merciful life. The Year of Mercy Calendar is a
collaborative effort of the Diocese of Steubenville and the Diocese
"Whether mercy can be attributed to God?", St. Thomas Aquinas,
(Summa Theologica, First Part, Question 21, Article 3): I
answer that, Mercy is especially to be attributed to God, as
seen in its effect, but not as an affection of passion. In proof of
which it must be considered that a person is said to be merciful [misericors],
as being, so to speak, sorrowful at heart [miserum cor];
being affected with sorrow at the misery of another as though it
were his own.
Jubilee Year of Mercy –
Merciful like the Father:
Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. Pope Francis
proclaimed, "This Holy Year of Mercy will commence on the Solemnity
of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and will conclude on
Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy." Check
out this official web site for news, information, calendar of events
Jubilee Year of Mercy resources (USCCB): Explore the different
ways that you can live out that mercy every day!
Pontificate of Francis
Pope Francis’ Daily Mass Homilies - News.va: (L'Osservatore
Francis Everyday: selected quotes of Pope Francis offered daily
for prayer and reflection…
Pope Francis: Selected Quotes by Subject (USCCB). Compilation of
quotes & excerpts from speeches, messages, homilies, & audiences.
"A Big Heart Open to God: The exclusive interview with Pope Francis"
by Antonio Spadaro, S.J. – La Civiltà Cattolica – September
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio): An in-depth
analysis written originally for "L´espresso" no. 49, November 28 -
December 5, 2002, before the previous conclave.
"What I would have said at the Consistory": An interview with
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 30 Days, Issue no. 11 - 2007.
Pope Emeritus Benedict
Fifteen Baptismal Homilies by Pope Benedict XVI: delivered by
Pope Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil and on the first Sunday after
Epiphany, when he baptized adults and children.
Benedict XVI Everyday Archives: Selected quotes of Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI arranged with theme index.
EWTN: His Life-His Words: Election of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Journey to the United States
(April 15-21, 2008) – The Vatican
Apostolic Visit of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the United
States - April 15–20, 2008 (USCCB)
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Prayer at Ground Zero, New York
- Sunday, 20 April 2008
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 47th World Communications Day Message
(Sunday, 12 May 2013): "Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith;
New Spaces for Evangelization."
Links to Angelus/Regina Coeli messages, Apostolic Exhortations,
Apostolic Letters, Encyclicals, Homilies, speeches, Motu Proprio
Encyclicals of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:
Deus caritas est (December 25, 2005) | Spe salvi
(November 30, 2007) | Caritas in veritate (June 29, 2009)
Paul II - October 22:
St. John Paul II sings the "Ave Maria" - recorded prior to be
elected Pope, circa 1979.
The John Paul II Foundation: collection & preservation of
documents& propagation of the teachings of St. John Paul II.
Saint John Paul II: Apostolic Constitutions, Apostolic
Exhortations, Apostolic Letters, Audiences, Encyclicals, Homilies,
Motu Proprio, Letters, Messages, Prayers and Speeches.
St. John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World:
promotes a deeper understanding of the thought of St. John Paul II
"Theology of the Body"
- St. John Paul II: on-line resource
Pontificate of St. John Paul II: His life, his writings
CNS Special: St. John Paul II
USCCB: The Life and Ministry of St. John Paul II.
St. Paul's Outside the Walls - 360 Virtual Tour: stunning,
floor-to-ceiling detail. A joint project of Villanova University &
Papal Interregnum Resources:
Synods of Bishops
Bioethics & Life
Respect Life Month –
October 6, 2019 (USCCB): Each October
the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month; the first
Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. A number of
resources, homily helps, announcements, and more are provided to help
you get started.
The Anscombe Bioethics Centre: a Roman Catholic academic
institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical
practice and biomedical research.
Cardinal Dolan's Respect Life Month Statement: "Moved by Mercy"
Respect Life: Leaders' Toolkit
2016 Brochures: Respect Life Program
Images & Social Media Toolkit: 2016 Respect Life Program
Bioethics News (LifeNews.com). Get the latest news in bioethics
The Bioethics Research Library - Georgetown University: ethical
issues related to biotechnology, biomedical research &
NOVA - Life's Greatest Miracle: Tracks the human development
from embryo to newborn.
Q-and-A: End of Life Decision Making – What Should Catholics Do?"
by E. Christian Brugger. Some might find it difficult or even
repugnant to initiate a forthright conversation with a loved one
about treatment plans at the end of life. I urge you to overcome
Respect Life (USCCB): Building a culture that cherishes and protects
every human life. Includes Action Guides, Articles, and Prayers for
Jewish, Christian, Muslim Leaders Sign Declaration Against
Euthanasia (Pontifical Academy for Life). The declaration,
titled, "Position paper of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions on
matters concerning the end of life," was prepared by the Pontifical
Academy for Life and released Oct. 28, 2019.
Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology - USCCB 2009 Fall
The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty (USCCB
Catholic Church Teaching on Animal Experimentation:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 2417 – 2418.
2417… "Medical and scientific experimentation on animals is a
morally acceptable practice if it remains within reasonable limits
and contributes to caring for or saving human lives."
The Art of Dying Well – Catholic Church in England and Wales:
offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues surrounding
death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it
features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with
the final journey.
Cruelty Towards Animals (CatholicCulture).
Coronavirus COVID-19 Information and Resources
Culture of Life Foundation:
to deepen public understanding of bioethics, marriage and family,
human dignity and human solidarity.
Fogarty International Center: Bioethics Resources for Teachers and
Students. Resources designed for teachers of bioethics can be
useful to educators of both high school and college students.
Human Embryology and Church Teachings (CatholicCulture.org):
Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D.
Human Life International: to promote & defend the sanctity of
life according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI): focuses on the
most ethical and cost-effective way of conducting medical research
to help develop therapies and cures for a variety of diseases.
May Researchers Use "Biological Material" Unjustly Obtained?
Considerations of "Grave Reasons" and Exceptions by William E. May
The National Catholic Bioethics Center: Conducts research,
consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in
health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly
from the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics:
examines ethical issues raised by new developments in biology and
"On Basic Care for Patients in the ‘Vegetative’ State" Cardinal
Justin Rigali (CatholicCulture)
Pontifical Academy for Life: defense and promotion of the value
of human life and the dignity of the person.
Pontifical Academy of Science: Comprises six major areas:
Fundamental science; Science and technology of global problems;
Science for the problems of the developing world; Scientific policy;
Pro-Life Activities Resource Page: United States Conference of
Q/A on Stem Cell Research: Statement by the Pennsylvania
The Quandary of Catholic Pharmacists: Is It Moral to Sell
Contraceptives? by William E. May, Senior Fellow at
Culture of Life.
Research Institute for the Humanities: Christian resources for
research and study
The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics: "dedicated to
interdisciplinary research and education in biomedical ethics…"
Stem Cell Research:
Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics
Stem Cell Research (Learn.Genetics): An introduction to stem
cells, the building blocks of the body. Issues in stem cell
The Susan B. Anthony List: dedicated to advancing, mobilizing,
and representing women in the political process.
The Stem for Life Foundation (SFLF): A non-partisan,
non-denominational, not-for-profit organization devoted to raising
public awareness of adult stem cell therapies and supporting adult
stem cell research, development, and storage.
Types of Stem Cells
(International Society for Stem Cell Research): Adult Stem Cells
or Tissue-specific Stem Cells | Fetal Stem Cells | Cord Blood Stem
Cells | Embryonic Stem Cells | Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS
On Vaccines Made From Cells of Aborted Fetuses: "It is a Grave
Responsibility to Use Alternative Vaccines". (7/26/2005)
Arnewood School's Religious Studies Online: The traditional
Christian views on the status of animals is that humans are
'made in God's image', very different from other animals. We're
special, and we have been given 'dominion' over nature.…However,
many Christians disagree.…
USCCB: “End of Life” resources and articles.
5th Edition of Ethical and Religious Directives: USCCB 2009 Fall
“Living or Not Living? That Is the Question” by E. Christian Brugger,
April 7, 2022 | National Catholic Register. COMMENTARY: The debate over
brain death has no easy answer but requires astute attentiveness to
science, Church teaching and the sanctity of human life.
A Brief Ethical Primer on Medical Decisions
Regarding Life-Sustaining Treatments in the Catholic Tradition -
Diocese of St. Cloud
Catholics and "Do-Not-Resuscitate" (DNR) Orders: The Moral
Principles Behind Its Ethical Use. William May - Culture of Life
Directives for Catholics Concerning Artificially Administered
Nutrition and Hydration (CatholicCulture) Bishop Thomas J.
Economic Considerations in the Removal of Life Support: "Is it
ever legitimate to remove or withhold life-sustaining procedures
from a patient in order to save excessive expenses to persons other
than that patient (e.g., the patient's family, the community)?"
Bioethics question answered by Christian Brugger, fellow of the
Culture of Life Foundation.
EWTN: End-of-Life Decisions
Samaritanus bonus – "On the Care of Persons in the Critical
and Terminal Phases of Life" (Congregation for the Doctrine of
the Faith): An integral approach to the human person, to suffering
and illness, to caring for those in critical and terminal illnesses.
Catholic Church’s Teaching on Suicide and Helpful Resources for
coping with the anguish over a loved one's sorrowful decision.
"Vital Organ Transplantation – Not Truly Dead" on brain death
and organ donations by Paul Byrne, MD & Fr. Damien Fehlner
Catholic Living Will:
Should a Catholic have a "Living Will"? by Fr. Tadeusz
Pacholczyk, Ph.D. (CNA).
Patients Rights Council: Information on Advance Directives,
Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and
Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD).
Catholic Miscarriage Support Ministry: Practical and spiritual support
for Catholics who have lost a child to miscarriage.
Daily Bible Reading Method
Sacred Scripture, the Bible, is a proven source
for hearing God’s voice, a means to encounter God’s word calling
you. But, do you listen for God’s voice; do you follow that voice?
Tips for Fruitful Reading of Scripture.
The Bible at Core of Catholic Beliefs (USCCB): Understanding the
Bible - Study Materials.
BibleTools – Topical Studies: dedicated to assisting individuals
with their personal Bible study through providing reputable Bible
resources and study tools.
Biblia Clerus: Reading the Word of God with the Church. Sacred
Scripture, in light of Sacred Tradition & teachings of Magisterium
BibleVerses: Making the bible accessible for everyone. Includes
a daily blog series on our site and provide a full search of the
Bible for the visually impaired.
Blue Letter Bible: powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s
Word through our free online reference library, with study tools
that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith.
Also, apps for phone and Android are available.
Catholic Church Documents related to Biblical Studies
compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
Catholic Bible Search Engine (Catholic.net):
to "help the faithful in their Biblical studies and to facilitate
Electronic New Testament Educational Resources
compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
Bible Gateway: personal connection to read,
research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet,
The New Testament Gateway:
directory of internet resources on the New Testament.
The Bible on One Page: New American Standard (NAS).
Biblical Studies Foundation: Home of NET Bible
Bible Study Tools:
Online Study Bible, Commentaries, Concordances, Dictionaries,
Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible
(English): St Jerome translated original Greek &
Hebrew texts into Latin.
Orthodox Bible Study Links
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology:
Institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in
the Catholic tradition
StudyLight: sure help resources for detailed study of the Bible
State of the Bible 2018 - Seven Top Findings: Research Releases
in Faith & Christianity o July 10, 2018
World Wide Study Bible
Catechism, Canon Law,
Encyclopedia & Dictionaries:
The Baltimore Catechism
(Revised Edition 1941)
Vatican Resource Archive: includes
Catechism & Compendium,
Codes of Canon Law,
II Vatican Council Documents.
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCB) flipbook.
Catechism of the Catholic Church (CatholicCulture.org): drill
down into various sections
Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Ed. English
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
(Vatican): includes 589 questions and answers on the Catholic faith.
U.S. Catholic Catechism For Adults – online version (Catecismo
Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos): Following
the outline of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the
USCCA walks the reader through the Creed, the sacraments, moral life
in Christ and the prayers of the Church. Each chapter contains a
story about a saint, blessed, or holy man or woman, a brief overview
of the topic, reflection questions and a prayer. Also, included in
the appendices are a glossary of Catholic terms and traditional
The Catholic Encyclopedia
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church -
for Justice and Peace (full text)
Code of Canon Law (1983)
Catholic Social Teaching (Caritas Internationalis): the great
wealth of Church teaching on how to live out our faith in the world.
Formed by the wisdom of Church leaders and shaped by the daily
experience of Catholics everywhere, it gives us a moral compass to
find our way. At Caritas our mission is based on core principles of
Catholic Social Teaching. Here are nine principles, illustrated by
some of the Church’s most resonant texts and stories from our work.
Canon Law Made Easy: Articles on Church Law for normal
Modern Catholic Dictionary: Fr. John Hardon’s modern
dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure.
Latin-English Dictionary & Grammar Aid: University of Notre Dame
resources for learning Latin
complete 12-volume (1905 edition)
Created by Dr. Edward Peters, an American lay
canon lawyer, as a resource center on Catholic Canon Law.
Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University: trains and
supports catechists in any situation – priests, deacons, parents, or
laity, whether professional or volunteer.
Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization at Franciscan
University: trains Catholics who want to serve the Church and
minister to others in the New Evangelization. A fully online
program, classes are taught by the same professors who teach here on
our campus in Steubenville.
"The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith"
(Vatican): Synod of Bishops – XIII Ordinary General Assembly: Instrumentum Laboris.
The New Evangelization (USCCB): Calls each of us to deepen our
faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the
Gospel.…Scroll down for Pastoral Plans, and additional resources.
"Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization."
USCCB's Committee on Evangelization & Catechesis.
Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization (USCCB)
New Evangelization Resources – Catholic Apostolate Center
"Go Forth With Hearts on Fire: A Pastoral Letter on the New
Evangelization" by the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of
General Directory for Catechesis (Congregation for the Clergy):
Reference for all aspects of catechetical instruction.
Catechetical Sunday – .Theme is "Safeguarding the Dignity of
Every Human Person." Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity
to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism,
in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.
Association for Catechumenal Ministry (ACM) seeks to foster the
full implementation of the Order of Christian Initiation
Catechism Of The Catholic Church: United States Conference of
The Catechism in Examples - Rev. D. Chisholm:
compendium of Catholic teaching told by stories, both fictional
& stories from the saints.
Catholic Answers: Apologetics & Evangelization
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist:
Basic Questions and Answers. Committee on Doctrine of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved by the full body
of bishops at their June 2001 General Meeting.
Resources for Catholic Educators: to assist Catholic teachers
and catechists in their role as educators of the faith by providing
them with information and easy access to resources.
Catherine of Siena Institute:
parishes for the evangelization & formation of lay Catholics for the
sake of their mission in the world.
Catholic Straight Answers: Everything you want to know about the
Catholic Church…but are afraid to ask. Scroll down for Answers by
Category: Christmas & Advent, Confession, Easter & Lent, Holy
Eucharist, Liturgical Calendar, Mary, Mass, Other Religions, Prayer
& Devotions, Saints, Virtues.
Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding
the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (full text, PDF).
An apostolate of the Archdiocese of Baltimore supported by
Archbishop Lori in response to the Church's call to a new
"The Essential Elements of Evangelization Today": the Episcopal
Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic
Bishops (CCCB).…for "all Catholics who desire to understand better
and respond more zealously to their call to evangelize the modern
"Evangelization - Grace and Vocation": Bishop Serratelli
(Diocese of Paterson), Pastoral Letter (Spanish
EVdictionary (Evangelization Dictionary Online) presents terms
related to Evangelization. Bilingual dictionary - English & Chinese.
"Faith and Reason: the Philosophy of Religion" by Peter Kreeft.
Lays the groundwork for a rational approach to pursuing questions of
faith – and at the same time provides a better understanding of
religion’s ongoing importance in the realm of human experience.
Glossary of Catholic Terms (USCCB): a brief glossary of terms
often used in the Catholic Church to familiarize journalists.
Instruction on Infant Baptism: Sacred Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith, 1980
"The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being
(International Theological Commission – 2007).
Irreconcilability between Christian faith and Freemasonry:
(Vatican) - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Fr. William Saunders (EWTN)
What the Church Teaches: Catholic Church teachings on troubling
& complex events & topics.
Peter Kreeft: Featured Writings on Relating to God, Arguments
for God's Existence, Heaven and Hell, and Autobiographical.
"The Real Presence": the 19th Festival Letter of Bishop Daniel
R. Jenky, CSC of Peoria. "…that it may at least in some ways assist
a renewed witness regarding the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the
Most Blessed Sacrament."
Rediscovering the Faith
Resources to help you rediscover the faith and answer questions
about the Church and Church teachings. Includes Prayer in the Life
of the Church, The Sacraments, Church Teaching.
Sacramental Catechesis: An Online Resource for Dioceses and
Eparchies. The USCCB's Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
has published a 38-page document on Catechesis on the Sacraments.
St. Augustine - "On Lying": Considers in detail both the
definition of lying and the arguments that lying is always wrong.
The Virtual Learning Community formation (VLCFF) - UDayton:
adult religious education and faith formation via the internet.
The Wild Goose: A 14 part online video series on discovering a
deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit presented by Fr. Dave
WingClips: Inspirational Movie Clips for Teaching & Sermon
Illustrations. Search by Movie Title, Scripture, Category or Theme.
RCIA – Catholic Straight Answers: free RCIA video series to
gain a comprehensive overview of the Catholic Faith! Each year
Fr. Saunders teaches an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for
Adults) class, which is attended by Catholics and non-Catholics,
the young and old, individuals preparing to join the Catholic
Church, and individuals simply wanting to grow in their love for
Ecumenical & InterReligious Affairs: U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
"Meeting God in Friend and Stranger" (Bishops’ Conference of
England & Wales): teaching document on interreligious dialogue.
Resources on Islamic-Catholic Relations: USCCB Department of
Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
Vatican Council and Papal Statements on Islam (USCCB)
World Religions and Spirituality Project (WRSP): The mission of the
WRSP is to provide objective, reliable and comprehensive information
about the world’s diverse array of religious and spiritual groups. The
central feature of the WRSP website is, therefore, profiles of
contemporary religious and spiritual movements, established world
religions, and historical religious and spiritual movements.
Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on
(Pontifical Council on Christian Unity)
"The Bishop and Christian Unity: an Ecumenical Vademecum":
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, December 04, 2020.
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
(USCCB): Link contains resources for celebrating the Week for
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity — Background (CatholicCulture):
In 1908, Rev. Paul Wattson, then an Anglican religious in Graymoor, New
York, began a Church Unity Octave with the support of Anglican and
Catholic prelates, including Cardinal William O’Connell of Boston. The
octave began on January 18, then the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter in
Rome, and concluded on January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St.
Observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Seeking
fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus, the Son of God,
all may be one.
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s address to the Catholic
High School Teachers Convocation - "Knowledge, Virtue, and
Holiness," February 6, 2015. "Catholic schools exist to help young
people attain holiness in their lives, that is, to become saints."
American Catholic History Classroom: curriculum supplement on
specific topics from American Catholic history
Catholic Distance University:
Life Long Learning in Faith through
Catholic Educator's Resource Center
Catholic History: Catholics & Catholic Church in history of the
United States of America.
The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education
(CACHE), a division of The Cardinal Newman Society
EWTN - Teachings of the Catholic Church in an easy-to-use format
Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP) at the University
of Notre Dame
Homefaith.com: Teach your children the faith & answers to your
child's faith questions
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA): Excellence In
Catholic Education & Catechesis
Spirit of the Season:
catechists involved in worship with children
"Teaching the Ethics of Communications in a Catholic University":
Msgr. Paul Tighe, at Minuto de Dios University, Columbia, Oct. 8,
Catholic Social Teaching:
Papal Encyclicals & Vatican Council on Catholic Social
Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) -
Pope Paul VI (1967)
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: for the Twentieth Anniversary
of Populorum Progressio
- St. John
Paul II (1987)
Centesimus Annus: on the Hundreth Anniversary of
- St. John
Paul II (1991)
Caritas in Veritate: on Integral Human Development In
Charity and Truth - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (2009)
Ethics in Advertising: Pontifical Council for Social
Ethics in Communications: Pontifical Council for Social
Ethics in Internet: Pontifical Council for Social
Fratelli Tutti: “On the Fraternity and Social
Friendship” – Pope Francis (October 3, 2020).
What is Social Justice in Catholic Social Doctrine? - Part 1: From
Taparelli to John XXIII
by Jeff J.
Ziegler (3-part essay).
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Church and Racism – Toward a More Fraternal
Society: Pontifical Commission Justice
Church and Racism – An Introductory Update: Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace
Teaching Peace To College Students (USCCB): practical
suggestions to assist you in developing ideas for engaging
college-aged students in non-violence activities.
Catholic Framework for Economic Life:
(USCCB). Statements on economic life from U.S.
bishops, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI & the Holy See.
The Catholic Labor Network: Church's teachings on labor issues,
& economic justice. Excellent source of Catholic Social Teachings.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church -
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (full text)
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (Vatican): Aims to
promote the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily
economics, sociology, law and political science, thus offering the
Church those elements which she can use in the development of her
social doctrine, and reflecting on the application of that doctrine
in contemporary society.
Catholic Social Teaching – U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB): Includes documents, resources, tools and teachings.
Education for Justice:
resources to promote Catholic Social Teachings
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
- Transforming the World in the Spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare
"The Free and Virtuous Society"
Weigel, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Immigration - What You Need to Know:
Catholic Thought on Social Issues - Catholic Culture
to All Men
and Women of Good Will on Human Work by St. John Paul II, September
USCCB Labor Day Statement 2013: Committee on Domestic Justice &
Human Development, September 2, 2013. Scroll down for more Catholic
Social Teaching resources. Click for
USCCB: Statement On The 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington
For Jobs And Freedom – August 28, 2013.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education
Social Justice - Transformation -
Sojourners Magazine - Faith in Action for Social
Justice: Biblical call to social justice
in faith, culture and politics
Catholic Employer Project - Catholic Labor Relations Report.
Catholic Social Teachings, Encyclicals & Articles which concern
Laudato Si' – Pope Francis: On the Care of Our Common
Home. Focused on the idea of 'integral ecology', connecting care of
the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable
Encyclical - download PDF.
Laudato Si’: on the Care of Our Common Home
(Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace). Marking the first
anniversary of Pope Francis’s eco-encyclical on the
environment…dedicated to Laudato Si' and efforts around
the world to put its teaching into practice.
Business Insights from
Laudato Si' by Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO and President,
Catholic Relief Services and former dean, Mendoza College of
Business, University of Notre Dame. "Business must focus on the
creative elements of technology, but always linked to humility
"Pope Francis, the Encyclical
Laudato Si, Ethics, and Existential Risk" by Brian
Patrick Green, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
The encyclical, on the environment and humanity's relationship
with the natural world, is worth exploring for those interested
in global catastrophic and existential risks (GCE-risks) because
the particular environmental problems the Pope discusses are
placed in the general context of the many GCE-risks that
Catholic Church Teaching on Environmental Stewardship
– Find resources on the topic and read what the U.S. bishops and
previous popes have written about our environment
(Environment/Environmental Justice Program – USCCB). Contains
resources for Liturgy, Preaching, for Taking Action, and
Catholic Climate Covenant: Addresses the growing ecological
awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on
ecology within the US Church…helps US Catholics respond to the
Church's call to care for creation and care for the poor. We are
grounded in the Church's deep history of teaching on creation,
ecology, and the poor.
Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology: experts reflect on
the history and significance of the church's role in promoting
the stewardship of creation.
Catholic Environmentalism, Principles of - Jeff Mirus
Citizenship - Political Responsibility:
USCCB — Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 2020: US Catholic
Bishops teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This
statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their
rights and duties as participants in our democracy.
“Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You”: A Pastoral Letter on the
Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life
by the Most Reverend Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Archbishop of San
Pittsburgh's Bishop Zubic Issues Letter on Voting (Diocese of
Pittsburgh): Editor's Note: Bishop David Zubik spoke of the
hierarchy of life issues and added, "While I urge all the faithful
of our diocese, both the laity and the clergy, to help build a
better society by exercising their right to vote, it is not my role
nor can it ever be for me to tell anyone for whom to vote."
Frequently Asked Questions: The California Catholic Conference
is promoting an updated set of FAQs in tandem with the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which advises Catholics on
how to participate faithfully in civic life, from forming their
consciences to choosing pragmatically between political candidates.
Cardinal Wuerl Warns Clergy Not to Be Partisan in 2016. "…the
role of priests is not to share their political or ideological
preferences but to teach laity the principles of the faith."
Campuses & Young Adults: In this section, you'll find activities
and resources for college students and young adults to learn and
reflect on Church teaching about Catholic participation in public
As Election Day Approaches "10 Things to Consider": Sr. Mary Ann
A Catholic 4th of July!: Where did the American idea of
religious liberty come from? Catholic Vote TV.
The Catholic Association (TCA): a faithful Catholic voice in the
public square and the public arena.
Catholic Conscience and Public Policy: Pennsylvania Catholic
CatholicVote.org: Patriotic Americans who believe our nation’s
founding principles are good and true, and worth fighting for.
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam): monitors &
affects social policy debate at the U.N. & other international
Faith and Reason – Franciscan University: Church and Culture -
Politics and Philosophy - Morality and the Marketplace.
‘God Bless America’ — Popes speak to the United States (CNA):
Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis each made
apostolic visitations to the United States during the course of
"Great Expectations: Responsible, Competent, Catholic Leaders."
This "generation's challenge to greatness as Catholic leaders."
"If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation":
Pope Emeritus Benedict's 2010 World Day of Peace Message. USCCB
resources and materials.
The Manhattan Declaration:
Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians united to defend the
sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as the conjugal
union of husband and wife, and the rights of conscience and
Participation of Catholics in Political Life:
politicians and all lay members of the faithful called to
participate in the political life of democratic societies.
Political Responsibility Center: Priests for Life Voters’ Guide
& a comparison of Democratic & Republican party platforms.
Politics 101: Principles First (Catholic Culture): Seven key
Catholic social principles in making decisions affecting the larger
General Principles for Catholic Voters: a 2012 4-part series of
reflections for voters offered by the leaders of the four dioceses
in Kansas. Also,
Religious Freedom, Conscience & the Sanctity of Human Life;
Marriage, Family and the Election;
The Economy and the Election.
Religious Liberty: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty
(USSCB). Resources concerning the foundational teachings "on the
right of the person and of communities to social and civil freedom
in matters religious."
Fortnight for Freedom (USCCB)
– June 21 - July 4:
to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at
home and abroad.
Conscience Protection Resources (USCCB): Want to know why
the bishops are fighting the HHS insurance mandate?
Religious Liberty - Our Most Cherished Freedom (EWTN)
"A Simple Guide to Faith, Culture and Public Life" (Dr. Jeff
Mirus): the role of religion in the formation of culture.
"We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American
Proposition": 50th Anniversary of Father John
Courtney Murray, SJ
"Why I Am A Catholic" by G.K. Chesterton. The difficulty of
explaining "why I am a Catholic" is that there are ten thousand
reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.
Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens. Bishop Robert W.
Finn, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
"Being Catholic Today": Pastoral Letter, May 24, 2015, by
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington, DC. A
Pastoral Letter to the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the
Archdiocese of Washington and All Who Read this Letter on "why
it is so crucial that we reassert and strengthen our Catholic
identity, and that our freedom to do so be respected in society
and in law."
Saints & Angels (Catholic Online): browse by alphabet, by month,
Saints (Saints.SQPN.com): information on topics with patron saints,
and profiles of those saints.
Christian Saints Index - Olga's Gallery
Find Your Saint
(Good News Ministries): Comprehensive
list of Saints' names, meanings, Feast Days, & information about their
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Documents, articles, prayers & hymns.
St. Albert the Great: November 15
Augustine of Hippo: His life & works, texts & translations &
contains selected writings from
The Franciscan Archive: Resource on St. Francis and Franciscanism.
Click on "Saints" for a list of Franciscan Saints & Blesseds
St. Francis de Sales — What is Salesian Spirituality?: St. Francis
de Sales Association
Saint of the Day (Catholic Culture)
Apostles, Major Saints and Feast Days (The Liturgy Archive): Listed
my month and alphabetically.
Lives of the Saints and Other Holy People (EWTN). Can be
searched alphabetically or by calendar date.
Saints’ Books: Writings from recognized saints from the Catholic
Church, and from Blessed, Venerable and respected men and women
recognized for their holiness and by the spiritual benefits of their
writings and speech. Also contains
Saint's Name Generator: Use this simple tool to choose a saint
at random for a cause or time period, or simply to get to know new
Seasons and Feast Days: EWTN has created online resources that answer
questions about the feasts and seasons of the Church, each including a
special eBook that you can download for free.
"The Golden Legend (Aurea Legenda)" –
Medieval Sourcebook. Compiled by
Jacobus de Voragine, 1275; trans. William Caxton, 1483.
New Advent – Saints: click on letter of alphabet at top of page
& scroll down
CatholicCulture - Saint of the Day: click on Liturgical Year >
Calendar > Date
Catholic Online Saints: Patron Saints, Feast Days & Angels
Calendar of Franciscan Saints and Blesseds:
for each month).
Roman Catholic Saints and Heroes: "In reading the lives of the
saints, we see that the saints each reflect, in a unique way, a special
facet or virtue of God Himself. Learning about Catholic saints and their
lives can inspire us to reach the summit of perfection that God wills
for each of us."
Roman Catholic Saints by Name: AmericanCatholic.org
St. Frances Xavier (Mother) Cabrini’s Life Story
(July 14): information about the Lily of
the Mohawks;s Patron of the environment and ecology.
Writings of St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei: Reflections
on Christian life and a search tool for quick access to writings.
Year of St. Joseph Resoures: In Honor of the 150th Anniversary
of St. Joseph’s Proclamation as Patron of the Universal Church —
December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021
- Salesian Spirituality: The North American Salesian Network
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center:
Official site to promote & support authentic
knowledge & devotion to Mother Teresa.
The National Institute for Newman Studies:
St. Nicholas Center: To educate people of faith, and the wider
public, about the true St. Nicholas.
Padre Pio Devotions: testimonials & spiritual maxims
The Confession of St. Patrick
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux) – "The Little Flower
of Jesus". Story of St. Therese's Life, Words by St. Therese and FAQs.
Redemptoris Custos, Pope John Paul II: On
the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph In the Life of Christ and of the
Church, August 15, 1989
Patris Corde, Pope Francis: On the 150th
Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph As Patron of the Universal
Why Do We Celebrate a Solemnity of St. Joseph? (EWTN)
OSV’s Resources for Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph and the Environment in Which He Lived.
Catechesis on Saint Joseph: 1. Saint Joseph and the Environment in
Which He Lived. General Audience | Wednesday, 17 November 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph in Salvation History. Catechesis on Saint
Joseph: 2. Saint Joseph in Salvation History. General Audience |
Wednesday, 24 November 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph: Just Man and Husband of Mary. Catechesis
on Saint Joseph: 3. Saint Joseph: Just Man and Husband of Mary. General
Audience | Wednesday, 1 December 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph, Man of Silence. Catechesis on Saint
Joseph: 4. General Audience | Wednesday, 15 December 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph, Persecuted and Courageous Migrant.
Catechesis on Saint Joseph: 5. Saint Joseph, Persecuted and Courageous
Migrant. General Audience | Wednesday, 29 December 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph, Jesus’ Foster Father. Catechesis on
Saint Joseph: 6. Saint Joseph, Jesus’ foster father. General Audience |
Wednesday, 5 January 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph the Carpenter. Catechesis on Saint
Joseph: 7. Saint Joseph the Carpenter. General Audience | Wednesday, 12
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph, Father in Tenderness. Catechesis on Saint
Joseph: 8. Saint Joseph, Father in Tenderness. General Audience |
Wednesday, 19 January 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph, a Man Who “Dreams”. Catechesis on Saint
Joseph: 9. Saint Joseph, a man who “dreams”. General Audience | Wednesday,
26 January 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph and the Communion of Saints.
Catechesis on Saint Joseph: 10. Saint Joseph and the Communion of
Saints. General Audience | Wednesday, 2 February 2021.
Pope Francis: Saint Joseph, Patron of the Good Death. Catechesis
on Saint Joseph: 11. Saint Joseph, Patron of the Good Death. General
Audience | Wednesday, 9 February 2022.
Pope Francis: St. Joseph — Patron of the Catholic Church.
Conclude the Cycle of Catecheses on St. Joseph. General Audience |
Wednesday, 16 February 2022.
The Assumption of Our Lady by Rev. James M. Keane, O.S.M.
- Aug. 15th
Divine Mercy -
App: Marian Fathers of Immaculate Conception - official promoters of
Sr. Faustina’s Divine Mercy.
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute
(University of Dayton): an international center of study and research on
Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. The Marian Library holds the world's
largest collection of printed materials on the Blessed Virgin.
"Mary of Nazareth" Project:
International Marian Center presents a wealth of Christian
Mother of All Peoples:
Weekly Marian Magazine
“Understanding the Immaculate Conception” (SimplyCatholic) by Father
Richard Gribble. Pope Bl. Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception as
a dogma of faith in 1854: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the
first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of
almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the
human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe (EWTN). Learn about Saint Juan Diego, the
tilma, and the message of the Blessed Virgin.
St. Francis’ Prayer of Discernment: An Introduction. One of
St. Francis of Assisi’s most well-known prayers is his "Prayer
to Discern God’s Will Said Before the Crucifix." Father Jonathan
St. André, TOR, Vice President of Franciscan Life at Franciscan
University of Steubenville, explains how this prayer can help us
discern God’s will in our lives. Exploring this prayer with him
is Father Brian Cavanaugh, TOR, a member of Holy Spirit Friary
at Franciscan University, a motivational speaker on "the power
of story," and author of the "Sower’s Seed" series from Paulist
Press for preachers, teachers, and public speakers.
The Franciscan Archive: Resource on St. Francis and
Franciscanism. Click on "Saints" for a list of Franciscan Saints
“The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi” tr. by Father Pascal
Robinson. This short anthology of the writings of St. Francis
includes a wide sampling of his writings.
The Words of Sacred Admonition by St. Francis of Assisi.
Translated from the Critical Latin Edition, edited by Fr.
Kajetan Esser, O.F.M. "Of all the writings of St. Francis,
The Admonitions contain the most stirring and
enduring words of his legacy and are a monument to his
profound wisdom of spiritual realization."
St. Francis of Assisi -
Franciscan Sources, Writings,
Biographies and more.
"The Life of St. Francis": "The Golden Legend" (Aurea
St. Francis of Assisi - Oct. 4
(CatholicCulture): Resource library
for prayers, documents and articles.
St. Francis of Assisi: Patron saint of ecology &
St. Clare of Assisi -
Matriarcha Seraphica: Sources for St. Clare,
Writings, Biographies and more.
St. Clare of Assisi - August 11
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary: "The princess who was kicked
out of her castle for serving the poor." Cecilia Pinicola
Aleteia | May 10, 2018.
Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Writings of Francis &
Clare. The foundational documents of the Franciscan Tradition,
including biographies, letters and other important sources. Free registration.
Franciscan Spirituality (Irish Franciscans OFM): Includes
Prayers of St. Francis,
Writings of St. Francis,
Writings of St. Clare,
Franciscan Saints & Blessed,
"Spirit & Life Reflections".:
Telling the History of Christ’s Passion. The San Damiano cross is the
large Romanesque rood cross that hung in the abandoned chapel near Assisi.
While still in his early 20’s and seeking his place in the world, Francis
of Assisi was praying before this cross when he heard the voice of God
commanding him to “rebuild my church.”…All Franciscans cherish this cross
as the symbol of their mission from God to commit their lives and
resources to renew and rebuild the Church through the power of Christ.
The Symbolism of the Iconic San Damiano Cross: Aleteia |
March 6, 2019. Source: "The San Damiano Cross" by
Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR.
"What is Franciscan Spirituality?" Brother Chris Garcia. St. Francis
of Assisi (1181-1226) is one of the most venerated saints in the
Catholic Church.…While much has been written on the Poverello, there are
still many lessons that can be learned from him. His life and teachings
help us strive for holiness.
St. Bonaventure’s Itinerarium as a Bridge from Francis to the
Franciscans. Evan Pederick tssf, July 2021.…“Bonaventure provides a
vital bridge between the early Franciscan radical performative reenactment
of the Sermon on the Mount and a lived spirituality accessible to
generations of non-itinerant and lay tertiaries.”
Bl. John Duns Scotus
Francis - Model of Authentic Church Reform: Archbishop
Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap
Franciscan Studies Corner
(Franciscan Friars Minor - Malta): Franciscan theology,
spirituality, history and culture.
Franciscans International: Non-Governmental Organization at
the United Nations
Franciscans, Third Order Regular - Rule & Life: click on
Documents of the Order for TOR Constitutions, TOR General
Franciscan Action Network (FAN) - Transforming the World in
the Spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
Franciscan Advent and Christmas: Montage of Franciscan
photos from Assisi and Greccio.
Custodians of the Tradition: Reclaiming the Franciscan
Francis and Clare of Assisi: Early Documents. Research tool
of the foundational documents of the Franciscan tradition.…Texts
are also searchable: readers can pursue any idea and/or theme as
they are represented by specific words or phrases.…all
quotations and allusions to Scripture are hyperlinked – which
means the reader can see the larger context of the sacred page
for each of these citations.
Franciscan Friars, TOR Pilgrimage: Assisi & Rome - May 2007
Assisi Online: General information, Transport to & from,
Lodgings, Art & Religion, Museums & Galleries, Where to Eat,
Places to Visit in Assisi: Here’s a check list of favorite
attractions when visiting Assisi, Italy – Basilica di San
Francesco, San Damiano, St. Mary of the Angels, The Porziuncula,
the Carceri, Santa Chiara, Sanctuary of RivoTorto, San Rufino,
Chiesa Nuova, Santa Maria sopra Minerva (aka Roman Temple of
Minerva), and more.
The Basilica of St Francis and the Sacro Convento (Assisi
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi: History | Upper
Basilica | Lower Basilica | Crypt | Friary of St. Francis |
References | Gallery
The Sanctuary of La Verna: Holy mountain of St. Francis of
Assisi and where St. Francis received the Stigmata in 1224.
California Missions Resource Center: a comprehensive and
unique resource for historical information on the 21 California
Franciscans, Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Assisi
(International Headquarters, Rome Italy). Includes Origins of
the Third Order, Documents of the Order, Basilica of Sts. Cosmas
Franciscan Friars, T.O.R. - Immaculate Conception Province
Franciscan Friars, T.O.R. - Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen, Hankinson, USA
Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, T.O.R.: Diocese
of Steubenville, OH.
Poor Clares: Galway, Ireland
Rule and the General Constitutions of the Secular Franciscan
National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order - USA
The Confraternity of Penitents:
Brothers & Sisters of Penance live St. Francis of Assisi’s 1221
Rule of Life in their own homes.
The Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion: (an Anglican
Little Brothers of Francis (Anglican): a Franciscan
religious order in the contemplative tradition.
Franciscan Art & Images:
Seasonal & Holidays:
Additional Lenten Resources
Franciscan Way of the Cross:
The Stations of the Way of the Cross according to the method of St.
Francis of Assisi
40 Days of Devotion (Franciscan University): Daily Masses
Livestream, Metanoia: A Journey With Christ Into Conversion,
Lenten Resources, and more.
40 Days at the Foot of the Cross (MyCatholicLife): A Gaze of
Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother
The Lenten Workshop (CatholicCulture): Lenten information,
prayers, hymns, activities, Stations of the Cross.
What Is Lent and Why Is it Celebrated? (EWTN): Reflections,
What Determines What Day Lent
Welcome, Lent by Amy Ekeh (Franciscan Media)
Frequently Asked Questions about Lent and Easter (Franciscan
“Concupiscence: Our Inclination To Sin”
by Msgr. William J. King (SimplyCatholic.com) The Catechism of the
Catholic Church teaches that “certain temporal consequences of sin
remain in the baptized, such as suffering, illness, death…as well as
an inclination to sin that Tradition calls concupiscence” (No. 1264,
emphasis in original).
Guide to Lent 2021: Living the Penitential Season Well (NCR).
Discover prayerful tips for these 40 days.
An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. This is an adapted version from the
longer retreat in The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ. The
eight-week schedule makes it perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat,
but the adventure can be started at any time, on your schedule.
Lent 2022: The Complete Guide to the Catholic Season of Lent
Lent 2021: A Collection of Resources and Inspiration for Lent
Advent & Christmas Resources for Reflection:
prayers, poems, Advent Calendars, readings & sermon illustrations
Advent (Loyola Press): History of Advent, inspirational emails, Advent
traditions, blessings, scripture, prayers, Advent calendars, and
Let’s Stop Celebrating St. Nicholas Punching Arius (NCR): by Deacon
Steven D. Greydanus, December 6, 2016. The image of St. Nicholas punching
Arius is appealing to many because it’s so patently politically
incorrect…There are some problems with the story, though. In the first
place, it’s not true. The story has no historical [veracity].
Year's Quotes, Stories and Prayers
- Lent: Resources & Links
Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy – Lent (scroll to
What Is Lent and Why Is it Celebrated? (EWTN)
USCCB Online Resources For Lent:
Reflect - Repent - Restore.
Daily Lent Reflections by Bishop Robert Barron: Sign up for free
daily Lent reflections.
Lenten Virtue Series with Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR – President,
Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Lent 2013 - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:
compilation of Holy Father's teachings & resources for celebrating
the liturgical season.
Pope Francis’ Messages for Lent: available in multiple languages
Lent 2022: "Let us not grow tired of doing good
Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love
Lent 2020: "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be
reconciled to God" (2 Cor 5:20)
Lent 2019: "For the creation waits with eager longing for
the revealing of the children of God" (Rm 8:19)
Lent 2018: "Because of the increase of inquity, the love of
many will grow cold" (Mt 24:12)
Lent 2017: "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift"
Lent 2016: The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee
Lent 2015: Make your hearts firm (James 5:8)
Lent 2014: He became poor, so that by his poverty you might
become rich (cf. 2 Cor 8:9)
Lent (Loyola Press): Resources for you Lenten journey — Living Lent
Daily, e-mail series; Perspectives on Lent; prayers, Stations of the
Cross; Seven Last Words; Holy Week.
Lent 2021: Finding Intimacy With Jesus. Asking the deeper questions,
praying in the stillness and quiet of our hearts, can help us encounter
Jesus and experience the real transformation in holiness we desire
during Lent, says Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, president of Franciscan
University of Steubenville.
Franciscan40: A Lenten Journey (Franciscan University)
‘Are You Ready to Live Lent to the Fullest?' – Church Leaders
Worldwide Weigh In. About More than Giving Up Chocolate. ZENIT
FEATURE | February 21, 2020.
Operation Rice Bowl (CRS): Pray, Fast, Learn and Give with
Operation Rice Bowl.
Fasting and Abstinence at Lent: A CNA Explainer. "Many Catholics
wonder what exactly the Church requires during Lent, and why. Here
are a few points that might help you have a great Lent this year…"
Lent: A Time of Mercy and Grace (Franciscan Media). Special
focus on the Year of Mercy through brief daily Lenten
reflections you can fit into even the busiest of schedules.
"Forgiveness: the Keystone of Human Values" by Fr. Brian
Cavanaugh, TOR. Forgiveness can be "one way to reduce conflict
and hostility, as well as to promote understanding and
respect…to diminish unresolved hurt and pain that burdens many…"
Forgiveness is a choice, a decision, an act of bravery requiring
courage; it is hard work.
Lent Devotional Guide: Lent is a season where we can take time
away from the pressures of life and remember the powerful hope God
Lent Study Guides – Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith &
Ethics (Baylor University). Includes Study Guides & Lesson Plans.
Articles on Lent from BustedHalo
"Have a Happy Lent" by Sean Fitzpatrick (Catholic Exchange)
40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List
Season of Lent: ecumenically broad and historically deep by Rev.
Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday and
(Loyola Press): information and activities for Palm Sunday,
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday — Devotions and 3-minute
retreats, Good Friday reflections.
Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum
Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy – Holy Week (scroll
to paragraph 138ff).
What Is the Meaning of Holy Week? (EWTN)
Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum: USCCB Committee on
Your Guide To Holy Week (Simply Catholic): Includes 12 ways to make
Holy Week more meaningful and Holy Week customs.
The Easter Triduum with Dan Schutte (National Catholic
Reporter): Composer and NCR board member Dan Schutte created a
virtual liturgical celebration of the Triduum for this exceptional
year. Visit this page for liturgies for Holy Thursday, Good Friday
and the Easter Vigil.
A Journey through Holy Week for Families: Roman Catholic Diocese
of Knoxville), April 2, 2020. Resource guide walking you through
Palm Sunday to Easter with readings, prayers, hymns, and
devotionals. Suggestions for families celebrating together.
A Complete Guide to Celebrate Palm Sunday at Home: Aleteia |
April 03, 2020. Prayers, Readings, and everything you need to
celebrate with God’s Word. In order to keep Palm Sunday holy in a
worthy manner, Aleteia, in collaboration with Magnificat magazine,
offers you this home celebration of the Word of God.
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – Celebration of
the Word (Carmelite Communications). This is a celebration of the Word to aid your worship
this Sunday, alone or with family. If possible, place a simple cross
or crucifix prominently in the room and light one or more candles.
Way of the Cross (Vatican Office for the Liturgical
Celebrations): a devotion which recalls with mindful
affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his
earthly life. Includes multi-language translations of the annual
Meditations going back to 2000. Also, has videos, booklets and
Easter Links and
Resources For Easter - USCCB
What Is Easter, and Why Is it Celebrated? (EWTN)
Easter Workshop: Catholic.Culture.org. Easter overview, customs,
prayers & hymns, and Mercy Sunday.
Easter in CyberSpace – A Christian Perspective:
Includes 'Easter History,' 'Lent & Holy Week,' 'Drama & Poetry,'
'Images & Graphics'
Easter Short Stories and Articles: Joyful Heart Renewal
Divine Mercy Sunday: National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Thanksgiving Reflections: History of, Blessings, Prayers and
Primary sacred times for world religions.
Divine Mercy Sunday
(EWTN): Background on St. Faustina, the Image, Indulgence,
Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Reconciliation & Penance:
GoodConfession: an outreach of CatholicsComeHome.
Easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, understand how to go to Confession, and, most
importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest's
words in the confessional to "go and sin no more."
Guide for Examination of Conscience: St. Charles Borromeo
International Forgiveness Institute: dedicated to helping people
gain knowledge about forgiveness and to use that knowledge for
personal, group, and societal renewal. Check out
Ask Dr. Forgiveness.
Forgiveness: Letting go of Grudges and Bitterness
– Katherine Piderman, Ph.D., staff chaplain at Mayo Clinic
"Forgiveness: the Keystone of Human Values" by Fr. Brian
Cavanaugh, TOR. Forgiveness can be "one way to reduce conflict
and hostility, as well as to promote understanding and
respect…to diminish unresolved hurt and pain that burdens many…"
Forgiveness is a choice, a decision, an act of bravery requiring
courage; it is hard work.
Repent & Conversion:
- “Repentance”, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Joseph P. Healey & A. Boyd
Luter, Jr., D. N. Freedman, ed., (1996, ©1992), New York: Doubleday,
- “Repentance”, Catholic Bible Dictionary,
Scott Hahn, ed., (New York: Doubleday, 2009), 762–765 (download
“Repentance”, Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology,
Walter M. Dunnett, Walter A. Elwell, ed., Copyright © 1996 Baker Book
House Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan (download
Family & Marriage Resources:
Vatican – Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life: Includes
information, updates & videos on World Youth Day, Vocation of Women,
Popes and Sports, Patristic texts on Family, Pro-Life resources…
Synod of Bishops on the Family and Evangelization : provides a brief
overview of the Synod of Bishops and the two upcoming Synods of Bishops
on the family and evangelization. It is meant to aid the Catholic
faithful in preparing for these important events in the life of the
Synod of Bishops on the Family – final
Relatio: "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the
Church and in the Contemporary World." The text of the final Relatio of the Synod of Bishops presented to the Holy Father,
Pope Francis, at the close of the 14th ordinary general assembly
(4th - 25th October 2015).
The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of
Evangelization, Instrumentum Laboris, Synod of Bishops,
III Extraordinary General Assembly, Vatican City, 2014.
Synod of Bishops on the Family and Evangelization: A special
section from Catholic News Service.
Voice of the Family: An initiative of Catholic laity formed in
support of Catholic Teaching on the Family.
Pontifical Council for the Family:
Vatican Documents and Addresses concerning the Family.
Catholic Church Teaching On Marriage (USCCB): Includes Documents and
Statements of the USCCB, Catechism of the Catholic Church, II Vatican
Council, Popes, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pontifical
Council for the Family, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
Unity, and Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
For Your Marriage (USCCB):
Vocation of marriage. Includes: Dating & Engaged,
Marriage Resources, About Catholic Marriage.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason. An initiative of the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops. Resources to assist with the education
and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should
be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman. Each of
the videos in this initiative, with its companion written material, is
intended to be used by a priest, deacon, catechist, or teacher.
"Love and Life in the Divine Plan": U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on
Marriage, 2009 (USCCB)
"Gender theory"|"Gender ideology" – Select Teaching Resources:
USCCB's seven-page summary of Catholic teaching on gender theory and
gender ideology. Intended to be "helpful for educational purposes in
the pastoral and public policy context," includes quotations from
Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, the Catechism
of the Catholic Church, and documents of the Roman Curia and US
"Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding," USCCB). The video
includes a brief overview of the sacrament of marriage and an
explanation of the three forms of the Rite of Marriage. It answers basic
questions such as when and where Catholic weddings can be held and how
non-Catholic clergy can participate in the ceremony.
Married Love and the Gift of Life
National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage
(USCCB): the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for
Christian Resources for Preventing Divorce: Christian resources to
healed troubled marriages.
"A Catholic Physician Talks to Engaged Couples":
marriage-preparation by William White, MD
Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology
- USCCB 2009 Fall Assembly
Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris
Consortio). St. John Paul II (November 22,
American Family Association:
traditional family values, focusing on the influence of media on
Catholic Mom: we celebrate all
things Faith, Family, and Fun from a Catholic perspective.
Catholic Parents OnLine (CPO) -
a network of faithful parents committed to address issues that undermine
our Catholic Faith and Morals.
Parents guide to character building for teenagers and young adults.
Contraception: Why It's Wrong
by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Catholic Culture
About Catholic Marriage
(USCCB): What the Catholic Church believes about marriage & major
church documents on marriage-related topics.
Family and Media: Center of Study for the Relationship Between the
Family & Mass-Media. Educational resources for marriage & family.
Family Research Council: to
advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from
a Christian world view.
Family Resources for the Year of Faith (USCCB):
Nurturing faith in the family through prayer, sacraments
Fathers for Good
- Knights of Columbus. Includes sections on Common Challenges of
Fatherhood & A Father’s Spirituality, & more.
Home Faith: Teach your children
the faith & answers to your child's faith questions
Institute for Marital Healing:
to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses,
marital therapists and clergy…
Red Bird Ministries: a Catholic grief support non-profit ministry
serving individuals and couples who have lost someone they love, with
special attention for those who have experienced the loss of a child
from pregnancy through adulthood, and those who have lost a spouse or
"Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb" (USCCB): To support
parents awaiting the precious gift of the child in the womb. Other
Blessings: Blessing of a Monument to the Unborn and Order for the
Blessing of Parents Before Childbirth,
Rite of Blessing for a Child in the Womb: English & Spanish text
Theology of the Body Institute:
Christopher West on the divine meaning of the human body and human
Pastoral Letter "The Language of Love"
by Most Reverend James D. Conley, STL, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska,
March 25, 2014. On the sacrificial nature of love and on the
destructive nature of contraception.
Basic Catholic Prayers (EWTN): Prayers to Jesus, Marian Prayers,
Prayers of the Saints, Devotions, novenas and litanies.
The Basics of Deep Prayer:
an online book that outlines meditation fundamentals that are rooted
in Catholic mysticism.
The Five First Principles of Prayer: Dr. Jeff Mirus
Catholic Prayers: abundance of prayers, blessings,
Classic Texts of Catholic Spirituality (Catholic Treasury)
Catholic Treasury: Catholic belief, prayers and spiritual
Creighton University: Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer
Contemplative Outreach & Centering Prayer: for a deeper
relationship with God
Crossing the Meditation Divide: almost certainly a significant
stage in spiritual growth
Daily with DeSales: An online retreat based on the book "Every
Day with St. Francis de Sales."
Daily Mass Readings:
from U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference
Distractions & Temptations in Prayer: Catechism of the
Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. (Washington, DC: U.S. Catholic
Conference, 2000), 654–655.
What Does a Person Do about Distraction During Prayer? (Catholic
"Are You Distracted During Prayer?" Fr. Joseph M. Esper
Experience a 34 Week Online Retreat for Everyday Life: A
Ministry of the Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton
"Gazing on the Beauty of the Lord" - Rev. Thomas Dubay. A brief
examination of prayer explaining meditation and contemplation.
Guarding the Heart: A Technique from the Desert Fathers to
Control Our Negative Thoughts. Their technique of guarding the heart
bears some similarities with today's use of meditation. Mathilde De
Robin | Aleteia | Apr 14, 2018.
Hermitary: resources and reflections on hermits and solitude.
IgnatianSpirituality.com: a way to pray, an approach to making
decisions, a point of view about God, and a practical guide to
The Spiritual Exercises: a compilation of meditations, prayers,
and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola.
Ancient Art of
Accepting the Embrace of God
Dei verbum and the Practice of ‘Lectio Divina’. Fr.
Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., Second Lenten Sermon 2016 to the
Vatican Curia (26/02/2016) – A Reflection on the Dogmatic
Constitution Dei verbum.
Lectio Divina: 5 Steps for Having a Conversation with God Using the
Bible. A contemplative form of prayer, centuries old, is the
What is the Lectio Divina?:
Carmelite Spiritual Directory Project
Spiritual Reflection Project for Discalced Carmelite Nuns
The Process of
Lectio Divina: Sisters of St. Clare
Litany of Humility:
Cardinal Merry del Val
Liturgy of the Hours: Universalis: Office of Readings,
Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, Mass Readings
The Ignatian Way: a series of online presentations that
introduce the main ideas of Ignatian spirituality. Each one is an
8-15 minute presentation.
DivineOffice.org: Liturgy of the Hours dedicated to
participate in the public prayer of the Christian community.
The Liturgy of the Hours according to the Latin Rite of the
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours:
Congregation for Divine Worship (EWTN).
Liturgy of the Hours:
eBreviary PDF formats that print as booklets, display on PCs &
Memorial Prayer Cards: Includes Irish Blessings & Spanish
collection of Memorial Prayers.
National Day of Prayer
Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of
Presumed Apparitions or Revelations, 1978. Republished by CDF.
Paths of the Spirit: The Vatican
Prayers for College Stusdents: Rider University Catholic Campus
Praying Each Day: De La Salle Brothers in Great Britain.
The Rosary: (Catholic Culture) Includes How to Pray the
Rosary | The History of the Rosary | The Luminous Mysteries).
Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions (USCCB).
The Rosary Foundation: Includes: History of the Rosary, How
to Pray the Rosary, Rosary Q&A, Rosary Resources.
Rosary Army: evangelizing the faith through the Rosary
prayer. Online instructions on how to make & pray the rosary.
The Rosary & the Franciscan Crown: National Shrine of Saint
Francis of Assisi
The Anglican Rosary
June: Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Index of hymns,
prayers, writings, Encyclicals, homilies and devotions on the Sacred
Heart of Jesus.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: The Second
Vatican Council highly encouraged the laity to "recite the
divine office, either with the priests, or among themselves, or
even individually" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 100).
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
— Feast Day, 2nd Friday after Pentecost
Pray with scripture chosen every
day and on-screen guidance
Taizé: Prayer and Song
Free Traditional Catholic Books: a treasure trove of good,
traditional Catholic books available for free or near-free
(including those written by great saints and Fathers and Doctors of
the Church) that you can read and download for free.
Treasury of Latin Prayers: collection of Latin prayers & hymns
with English translations
Virtual Candle Page: Know someone in need of prayers today?
Click to light a Virtual Candle.
Sacred Heart of Jesus:
scroll to § 166-73 for biblical foundations & historical
development of devotion to Most Sacred Heart.
Christophers News Notes: "It’s better to light one candle than
to curse the darkness"
De Sales Spirituality Service:
practical path to holiness drawing
upon St. Francis de Sales & St. Jane de Chantal.
Ethics of the Fathers: Timeless wisdom from the Jewish sages of
FaithND: Join the Notre Dame family for reflection, learning, &
prayer on the daily Gospel Reading & Daily Reflection.
Faith & Values - Hallmark Channel: quality programming that
inspires, informs & entertains.
Growing Each Day: The archive of essays of wisdom by Rabbi
Abraham J. Twerski.
Life in Focus Includes Divine Mercy Chaplet, Holy Rosary,
Stations of the Cross, Reflections & Homilies by Dcm Gene Neral.
Henri Nouwen Society: to foster the spirituality of solitude,
community and compassion embodied in his life and teachings.
"The Imitation of Christ": by Thomas à Kempis.
Living Faith: Daily Catholic Devotions providing daily spiritual
Magnificat: (subscription) daily Mass and spiritual readings,
Messenger of Joy: Fr. John Catoir's articles, columns &
Shroud of Turin: accurate data from scholarly research
Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys. Ways
to practice spirituality in everyday life.
Spirituality for Today: dedicated to a variety of current themes
and questions concerning the Christian faith in this postmodern age.
Thomas Merton Center for Catholic Spiritual Development: Develop
a spirituality based on Christ's message of love, compassion &
Word Among Us:
A Catholic Devotional Magazine based on the
Daily Mass Readings
(Loyola Press): Take a short prayer break…Spend some quiet time
reflecting on a Scripture passage.
For spiritual seekers in their 20s & 30s trying to find deeper
meaning in their lives.
Spiritual Direction Resources:
Spiritual Direction: Questions and Answers
The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction by Allison
Counseling vs. Spiritual Direction by Rebecca Fuller (Seattle
Spiritual Direction Guide: The John Paul II Center for Lifelong
Faith and Ministry Formation, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
What Are the Key Characteristics of Good Spiritual Direction? by
Father John Bartunek, LC, Catholic Spiritual Direction
Preparing for Spiritual Direction by Father John Bartunek, LC,
Catholic Spiritual Direction
Mercy and Sin
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed.
(Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000), 452–458).
Includes The Definition of Sin, Different Kinds of Sins, Gravity of Sin:
Mortal and Venial Sin, Proliferation of Sin.
The Spiritual Life – a Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology
[Download PDF - click on circle with 3 dots on left side of screen] by
Adolphe Tanquerey, 1854-1932
“Wrestling With God”: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI (July 29, 2007).“‘I
wrestle with God.’ Among other things, it suggests that the struggles in
later life can be very different than what we struggle with earlier
on.…” We “spend the last half of our lives struggling with anger and
forgiveness — and that anger is often, however unconsciously, focused on
God. In the end, our real struggle is with God.”
- Love and Sacrifice in the Christian Life: §. 328–334
- Duty of Tending to Perfection: §. 352–366 (PDF)
- The Necessity of Self-Knowledge & A Method for the Examination of
Conscience: §. 448–470 (PDF)
- Virtues Allied to Fortitude: §. 1082–1094 (PDF)
Acedia - Baylor University: The Christian Reflection Project.
"At its core, acedia is aversion to our relationship to God because of
the transforming demands of his love." The study guides and lesson plans
integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to explore the vice of acedia
and its remedies in the Christian tradition. The guides may be
downloaded and reproduced for personal or group use.
Acedia: Study Guides and Lesson Plans
"What is Acedia" – Notes on Acedia. Includes references for the
Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church and St. Thomas
Pornography and Acedia:
A Spiritual Analysis of and Remedy for Lust of the Eyes by
Reinhard Hütter, April 2012, FIRST THINGS.
Acedia (Sloth) by St. Thomas Aquinas,
Summa Theologica, II, II, 35
"The Spirit of Acedia" from the
Institutes of John Cassian.
Discerning God's Will, Hearing God's Voice Within?
Discernment by Peter Kreeft
Discernment: Recognising God’s Voice by Brian Incigneri
An Approach to Good Choices - Ignatian Spirituality. The
Ignatian approach to good choices emphasizes freedom. Making a free
decision means that we set aside our own preferences and
preconceptions and strive to be free of social pressures and
psychological strains. We carefully examine our motives and desires.
This isn't easy. Much of the prayer and reflection in Ignatian
decision making has to do with achieving the detachment necessary to
"An Ignatian Framework for Making a Decision" by Jim Manney. 11
Steps for Making a Decision Following the Ignatian Method.
"How Ignatian Spirituality Gives Us a Way to Discern God’s Will"
by David L. Fleming, SJ, from What Is Ignatian Spirituality?.
"The Devil Comes Cloaked as an Angel of Light" by William A.
Barry, SJ, from An Ignatian Spirituality Reader.
"Discernment in a Nutshell" by Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ, from
Making Choices in Christ.
Four Steps to Hearing Your Call by Sr. Anita Louise Lowe, O.S.B.
Praying to Hear God by Fr. Moe Larochelle
Seven Keys To Hearing God's Voice by Craig von Buseck
How Can I Know If I Am Hearing God, Hearing Satan, or Hearing My Own
Is God REALLY Speaking to You? 4 Questions to Help You Discern His
Voice by Brian Moll
13 Effective Tips to Help You Stop Cursing: Whether we intend for it
to happen at the time or not, some of us use those rude four-letter
words a little too often. Soon, it becomes a habit. (I would add,
"Formation of Novices and Seminarians: Nine Signs of Steady Growth"
- Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. (CatholicCulture.com)
"Perfectionism Doesn’t Look Like We Think it Does": Most of us
associate perfectionism with achievement, but they are not the same.
Aleteia | Calah Alexander | Jul 20, 2017.
Prayer and Discernment Resources (USCCB). Featuring "What is
Prayer?" and "The Art and Practice of Lectio Divina."
The Present Moment: a Christian Approach to Mindfulness by Dr.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media: "Social networks do best when
they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is
sloth. LinkedIn is greed." ~ Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
Pope Francis: On Prayer — Distractions, Time of Barrenness, Sloth.
Catechesis on prayer: 34. Distractions, time of barrenness, sloth.
Scrupulosity: The Occupational Hazard of the Catholic Moral Life.
Scrupulosity is a corruption of freedom. The scrupulous person is
anxious that he has committed a sin when in fact he has not or is
convinced that his venial sins are mortal when they are not.
“Spiritual Direction & Scrupulosity” by Fr. Thomas M. Santa, CssR,
Scrupulous Anonymous, 02/01/2021
Managing Scrupulosity: Father Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R., "The
management of scrupulosity is a life-long commitment to healing and
integration. Unfortunately, there are no short cuts. There is no such
thing as "one size fits all." That is the bad news, the difficult truth.
The good news, the hopeful truth is that all is not lost. There is a
path that can be navigated that will bring some relief and provide some
sense of progress."
Scrupulosity: The Ultimate Guide. Jaimie Eckert, "Scrupulosity is
not a lack of faith, it's a mental health hijacking of your relationship
with God." Includes:
Blasphemous Thoughts: The Ultimate Guide,
Understanding and Conquering Scrupulosity
Resources, Saint of the Day
"The Word of God: Source and Power of Preaching": Fr.
Donald Senior, CP
"Catechesis and Doctrine in Liturgical Preaching": Fr.
Jeremy Driscoll, OSB
"Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday
Assembly" – USCCB: Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life
& Vocations (PDF).
Homiletics Resources in the Catechism of the Catholic
Teaching the Faith: A resource from the Fellowship of
Catholic Scholars to assist clergy in preparing homilies on
doctrinal topics and themes in Catholic prayer and
Homilies, Written or Not: July 01, 2014 (Zenit.org) Father
Edward McNamara, LC, "…homilies should always be well prepared,…Homilies
should always be preached from the heart, but not necessarily
preached by heart. A read homily may also be from the heart."
"Proclaim a Message of Hope: A Homiletics Practicum." ©
April 2010, Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR
The Roman Catholic Lectionary: scripture readings from Latin
& English editions of the Roman Catholic Lectionary for
Sunday to Sunday, the Preaching Journey. Our Emmy winning television
series profiles great preachers is hosted by Father Mike Russo. Explore
how to listen to the gospel and to hear the deeply felt reflections of its
witnesses. Ours is a commitment to the preaching ministry and to those who
Butler's Lives of the Saints and Other Holy People (EWTN).
Can be searched alphabetically or by calendar date.
"The Golden Legend (Aurea Legenda)" –
Medieval Sourcebook. Compiled by Jacobus de
Voragine, 1275; Trans. William Caxton, 1483.
Saint of the Day (Catholic Culture)
Catholic Online: Patron Saints, Feast Days & Angels
Franciscan Saints & Blesseds Calendar (scroll down for each
Roman Catholic Saints and Heroes:
Roman Catholic Saints' Feast Days Calendar
Saints.SQPN.com: information on topics with patron saints,
and profiles of those saints.
Daily Homilies: Daily reflections on Scriptures passages as
found in the Roman Catholic Lectionary.
Daily and Sunday Biblical Homilies on the Liturgical
Year in English and Spanish by Fr. Steven Scherer.
FaithND: Join the Notre Dame family for reflection,
learning, & prayer on the daily Gospel Reading & Daily
Homily Outlines for the Year of Faith:
A Lectionary-based resource for
homilists and the lay faithful. Review readings for each Sunday &
Holy Day during Year of Faith.
Roman Catholic Homilies (Catholic
Hundreds of Roman Catholic Homilies
for Sundays and Holy Days
Sermons that Work – Episcopal Digital Network: Includes
archive of sermons for Years A, B, and C, plus Bible Study
guides and Bulletin Inserts.
Sermon Writer: Making Preaching More of a Joy. Includes All
Resources by Scripture, Biblical Commentary, Español Comentario,
Sermons for Special Occasions: Books of the Bible, Funerals,
Weddings, Disasters & Troubled Times.
This Sunday's Gospel.
Exegetical notes and homily themes to get you started this
Bishop Robert Barron’s Homilies
The Center for Liturgy - St. Louis University: pray, peruse
& understand the readings of the coming Sunday’s Mass.
Creighton University Reflections on Sunday & Daily Mass Readings
Journey: small-group bible study on
the Sunday Mass readings
Sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio
Sunday Reflections: Homilies by Fr. Nathan Mamo, S.T.L.
(Oblates of St. Francis de Sales): offers a
Salesian perspective on the Sunday Readings.
The Word Proclaimed Institute: Fr. Francis Martin's 4-part
weekly reflection & commentary on the readings, psalm & Sunday
Audio Sancto: Sermons in plain English on Catholic dogma,
doctrine, and devotion.
Catholic Homilies -- Homilías Católicas: English and Spanish
Christian Sermons, Holidays, & Articles Archive: Joyful
Fr. Andrew Greeley Homilies
Fr. Munachi’s Sunday Sermons: African Christian Inspiration
John Bergsma’s Sunday Reflections (NCR)
Planning Ahead: Readings and Funeral Poems. Here are the
most loved poems, prose, religious texts, thoughts and readings
Irish Blessings, Prayers, Proverbs, Toasts and Poems
Homiletic & Pastoral Review: online essays and homilies on
the truths and the beauty of Jesus Christ and his one, true
Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries - Thanksgiving: Short
Stories and Articles
September 11, 2001: Preaching, Prayer and Liturgical
a database containing over 14,000 sermons. A valuable research
tool to stimulate new ideas.
Sermons - Lectionary Resources
The Text This Week: Scripture Study and Worship Links and
Preacher's Illustration Service
(Voicings Publ.): Sermon Illustrations of the month
Sermon Illustrations By Topic: free sermon illustrations to
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Sermon Illustrations - CrossWalk: Covering thousands of
topics. Find illustrations by topic or a Bible reference.
Sermon Illustrations: Topic Search
After Hours Inspirational Stories
10,000 Sermon Illustrations: Bible Studies Foundation
Jewish Stories: More than 500 Jewish stories from the sages,
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Story Tour Blog: The teachings, thoughts and stories of a
Maggid – Storytelling Rabbi
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Athletics & Sports - Ethics and Virtue: collection of resources
for coaches, athletes, and team chaplains.
St. John Paul II Speaks to Athletes: Homilies, Messages and
Speeches on Sport
"Sporting Activity in the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI"
by Bishop Josef Clemens
Church and Sport - Pontifical Council for the Laity
Busted Halo: For spiritual seekers in their 20s & 30s trying to
find deeper meaning in their lives.
Cardinal Newman Society: dedicated to renewal of Catholic
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The Catholic Association (TCA): a faithful Catholic voice in the
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Catholic Charities USA:
social services to people in need.
Catholics Come Home: a welcoming ministry for anyone who has
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resources useful for ministry & evangelization, proclaim the gospel
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Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB):
a faith-based leader in global healthcare.
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS):
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Catholic Rural Life (CRL): Since 1923, we have been applying the
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Church in the countryside by educating and inspiring leaders and
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Catholic Therapists: Professionals who integrate the truths of
the faith in the therapeutic process.
Center for Christian Ethics – Baylor University: Helping to
think with a Christian mind about the ethical issues in our society.
A Church in Dialogue – Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers
and Citizens in Society. Canada's bishops pamphlet on
Catholic-Muslim relationship considers history and main teachings of
Islam, state of interreligious dialog, and suggestions for the
Church Health Reader: innovative resources on health, wellness
and healing for lay leaders and clergy.
Creighton University Campus Ministry
Faith and Reason (Franciscan University of Steubenville):
Deepening your knowledge of the Catholic faith and your
understanding of the world in which we live.
"Healing a Broken World" – Jesuits Special Report on Ecology.
"…to create a new world based on a just relationship with creation."
Human Life International: to promote & defend the sanctity of
life according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
Hymnary: an online hymn and worship music database for worship
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athletes committed to living lives of virtue, abstinence, & respect
In Character - A Journal of Everyday Virtues
Primary sacred times for world religions.
The Liturgy Archive: An attempt to gather into one place various
liturgies, prayers, sermons, and anything else that a Christian may
find useful for prayer, contemplation and edification.
Military Ordinariate (Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA): provides Catholic
pastoral & spiritual services for military personnel.
Mission to Seafarers - Prayers and Worship Resources
National Silent No More Awareness Campaign: to make the public
aware of the devastation abortion.
Online Sympathy & Condolence Resources: Examples to help you
write your condolences in cards or letters of sympathy.
Catholic hymn: lyrics to many of the most popular Catholic
OSV Talks: Our Sunday Visitor presents a series of topics from
prominent Catholic leaders to spark discussion, explore new, or
re-explore old approaches, and inspire creative thinking, all from the
heart of the church.
Resources for obituaries, words of condolences sympathy,
planning funeral, eulogy samples and genealogy search.
Pontifical Council for the Laity (Vatican): contribution the lay
faithful make to the life and mission of the Church.
Prayers to Overcome Addiction
"Prayer for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly"
- Vatican July 25, 2021
renew, rebuild & redeem
hearts broken by abortion.
Renewal Ministries: Catholic Renewal & Evangelization
Resource Publications, Inc.:
Resources for Ministry, Worship & Education
Social Media Guidelines: (USCCB). Use of social media to
encourage respect, dialogue, and honest relationships…
U.S. Catholic Mission Association
The Vocation of the Business Leader – A Reflection (Vatican
- Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development): A 32-page
vademecum addressed to entrepreneurs, in their daily commitment
to integrating faith and work, and to professors in their
formative moments in schools and universities.
English - 5th Edition.
VIRTUS® Online - The National Catholic Risk Retention Group,
Year of St. Paul: June 2008 – June 2009 in celebration of the
2000th anniversary of the apostle’s birth.
Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013
50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and
20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
“The Subtle Deterioration of True Professionalism” by Jason
Deuterman. “Ministry does demand professionalism in both approach and
exercise. What does this mean? This talk invites the viewer to assess
their own ministry behavior and re-examine the high standards set by the
history of professional ministry throughout time.”
Year of Faith Programs
Harrisburg, PA). Includes Parish Goals and Resources, Liturgy,
Music and Prayer Resources, and Faith Topics.
Year of Faith (Archdiocese of
Milwaukee): This sacred time will provide Catholics
locally and throughout the world a precious opportunity to
celebrate, deepen and share the spiritual richness of their
Youth, Teens, Young
The Chastity Project: Featuring Q/A topics on Dating, How Far Is
Too Far?, Starting Over, How to Stay Pure, Vocations & Spirituality,
ministry resources at About.com
"Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed"
by Thomas Umstattd Jr. "Each year I waited for courtship to start
working and for my homeschool friends to start getting married. It
never happened. Most of them are still single. Some have grown
bitter and jaded. Then couples who did get married through courtship
started getting divorced. I’m talking the kind of couples who first
kissed at their wedding were filing for divorce."
Examination of Conscience – for Teenagers by Deacon Douglas
Fathers for Good - an Initiative for Men by the Knights of
Columbus. Includes Real Fathers | Challenges | Father’s
Magnanimity - In Search of the Lost Virtue:
"a reaching out of the soul to great things…"
Prudence - Mother of All Virtues: Internet research on the
Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance.
Busted Halo: For spiritual
seekers in their 20s & 30s trying to find deeper meaning in their
"Schooling the Young into Goodness:" Moral education should
provide the young with an understanding of life worthy of
True Love Waits:
supports teenagers & college students to remain sexually abstinent
Young Adult Ministry (USCCB): Young adults are persons in their
late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural,
racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and
spiritual backgrounds.…they are newcomers in search of a better
Video Catechism for Teens: The Diocese of Wheeling -
Charleston.…with the intent of communicating the faith to a teenage
Wingclips – Movie clips that illustrate and inspire: Search by
Movie Title, Scripture, Category, of Theme.
How Do You Stay Pure?
(Pure Manhood by Jason Evert): "The
following ten points are a game plan for purity."
"Restoring the Fullness of Fatherhood" by Donald Demarco. The
following 10 paradoxes illustrate the dynamic quality of fatherhood.
ThoseCatholicMen: designed to embolden, enlighten, and engage
Catholic men for the renewal of masculine character and
The Virtue-Driven Life by Mark Lowery, Ph.D. The four cardinal
moral virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude.
Pastoral Response and Helpful Resources:
"Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography".
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Includes other
resources related to the pastoral response, and full text of the
True Freedom Anti-Pornography Initiative Materials: Family
Life/Respect Life Office – Archdiocese of New York.
Created for Love, Created for Chastity: A Pastoral Response to the
Grave Evil of Pornography. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of
the Philippines on the occasion of the opening of the Lenten Season
What the Catechism Says About Pornography
Faith and Safety: Technology Safety Through the Eyes
of Faith. Collaboration between The United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America. Simple, straightforward advice and tools on
how to navigate this digital world with your family.
"Bought with a Price" Pastoral Letter:
"Every Man’s Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a
Pornographic Culture" (March 19, 2014) by Bishop Paul S. Loverde of
Arlington, VA. Bishop Loverde said, "In my fifty years as a priest,
I have seen the evil of pornography spread like a plague throughout
our culture. As part of my responsibility to lead all the people in
the Diocese of Arlington to the vision of God, I find it necessary
now to address the tremendous moral, social, and spiritual dangers
of pornography." Read online or
"Blessed Are The Pure In Heart" - Pastoral Letter on Pornography:
Bishop Robert Finn (Kansas City–St. Joseph).
Print-ready format for
Effects of Pornography on Individuals, Marriage, Family & Community
- Marriage and Religion Research Institute.
Download the full report.
Healing from Cybersex: A Guide for Confessors & Spiritual Directors.
Free archived webinar by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, D.Min., Ph.D.
president of Saint Luke Institute.
The Internet and Pornography: an address by Ms. Jan Slattery and
Br. Brendan Geary, FMS at a symposium for bishops and religious
superiors on sexual abuse in Rome (2012).
Internet Pornography - most
damaging to marriages, families and children (Institute
for Marital Healing)
"The New Celibacy: How Porn May Be Destroying the Impetus for Sex"
by Mary Farrow, CNA, April 16, 2015 -- "For many individuals,
the more porn they consume, the more likely it is that they can end
up preferring the fantasy to reality, they can end up preferring the
pixels to a person, and that's really messing up relationships, as
you can imagine," said Clay Olsen, co-founder of the internet
movement "Fight the New Drug".
and the Curse of Total Sexual Freedom" by Bishop Robert Barron,
April 22, 2016. Contrary to Freudian psychological theory, complete
sexual freedom has not made us psychologically healthier or happier.
Pornography – attacking marriages, families,
(Family Research Council)
Pornographic Culture Library (Center for Christian Ethics at
Pastoral letter "Internet Safety"
(Australian Catholic Bishops Conference), 2008.
"The Science Behind Pornography" by Kevin Majeres, MD, faculty
member of Harvard Medical School. How to break the momentum.
The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Internet Porn Addiction (Ocean
Recovery Centre): How Internet porn hijacks your brain’s reward
circuits and…weakens the logical part of your brain’s ability to
exercise willpower over your addiction to Internet porn.
Why Confession Isn’t Helping Your Porn Problem —
Part I &
Part II by Fr. Sean Kilcawley | Integrity Restored.
International: Encounter Christ. Discover yourself. Grow in
holiness. A Roman Catholic apostolate for men and women who experience
same-sex attractions and those who love them.
Covenant Eyes: Standard for Internet integrity with
accountability through monitoring. Safeguard the dangers &
risks of Internet porn.
Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries:
Help for Christians struggling with sexual and relational problems. Our
help is based on the biblical foundation of compassion, integrity, and
dependence on God. We provide help by: Imparting Healing to the sexually
and relationally broken. Through biblical wisdom, godly support, and the
power of prayer, we help people stand in Christ as their hope and source
Fortify: Designed to equip individuals struggling with compulsive
pornography use – young and old – with tools, education and community to
assist them in reaching lasting freedom. Our mission is to help spark an
uprising of people tired of porn messing with their lives – and ready
for something far better.
Fight the New Drug: Our mission is to raise awareness on the
harmful effects of pornography through creative mediums. Check out
Get the Facts tab for articles on how porn harms the Brain, the
Heart and the World.
Help for Men and Women Struggling with Pornography Use or Addiction
(For Your Marriage). Information about ministries, support groups,
and resources for men and women who are looking for support to
overcome pornography use and addiction, parents who want to help
their children avoid pornography, filtering services to block
pornography on Internet-enabled devices, a list of recommended
books, and more.
"How To Protect Yourself And Your Kids From Porn – Simple Methods":
Internet porn can become an addiction quite easily, and like all
addictions, it is difficult to overcome. So, here is a comprehensive
solution to avoid/protect yourself and your kids from porn.
Leave Porn: Get Freedom From Pornography. Resources that will
help you have the confidence and knowledge you need to leave porn
behind. This is required reading for the journey of freedom from
pornography presented by LifeTeen and Franciscan University of
Magdala Ministries: A space where women can find hope, healing, and
freedom alongside each other from sexual addiction. Our goal is to
supply you with support, community, and accountability.
PornBattle – Fighting Porn Addiction: "I’m a licensed
psychologist specializing in sex addiction and found the PornBattle
seminar extremely helpful for pornography addiction recovery and
help. It’s wonderful for men to watch individually and for couples
to watch together to recover from the impact of porn addiction" (Dr.
Marcus Kilian). Since it’s online and pre-recorded you can view it
anytime and at your own pace. Registration required – $39.
The Porn Effect: founded by Matt Fradd is dedicated to helping
men and women break free from the vice of pornography.
Pornography, etc. – The Chastity Project: Includes short videos
on Breaking Free, Effects of Porn and Internet Safety (the
Integrity Restored: a site for those struggling with pornography
use. Designed to help men, their wives and their families break free
from the bonds of porn. Sections include:
The Addictiveness of Porn,
Blog of Current Articles with Blog Archives.
RECLAiM Sexual Health
anonymous, science-based, Catholic online program, and provides
resources for those who desire to reclaim God's plan for their
lives, and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other
unhealthy sexual behaviors.
Porn-free.org: helps people discover the truth about pornography
and "sexual" addictions.
Accountability & Parental Control:
8 Tips for Protecting Children and Teens Online: A Security
Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Educators. Written by Carey Davis.
Beginner's Guide to Internet Safety: 14 Tips for Being Safe
Cyber Safety – An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet
Covers Cyber Bullying, Identity Theft, Plagiarism, Computer Viruses,
and General Internet Safety.
Enough Is Enough® (EIE): mission is to Make the Internet Safer
for Children and Families. We stand for freedom of speech as defined
by the Constitution of the United States; for a culture where all
people are respected and valued; for a childhood with a protected
period of innocence; for healthy sexuality; and for a society free
from sexual exploitation.
Internet Safety 101: an initiative of Enough Is Enough,
whose mission is to make the Internet Safer for Children and
Internet 101 Resources: Includes Internet Dangers, Internet
Safety Rules 'N' Tools, Technology Tools & Solutions, Cybercrime
Guide to Keeping Children Safe Online: to keep children safe
while they negotiate the many twists and turns of a life lived
A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online: "Is it safe
enough for children to be online?", "How can we, parents, keep our
children out of danger on the network?"
Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe): tools for
parents & educators to teach children the safe use of technology &
Internet Safety: How to Keep Kids and Teens Safe Online. Keeping
your children and teens safe online becomes more challenging by the
Internet Safety Guidelines for Parents: Being internet safety
savvy is somewhat of an importance.
Internet Safety for Kids: 17 Cyber Safety Experts Share Tips for
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Keeping Children Safe Online: General Online Safety Advice and
OnGuardOnline.gov: Practical tips from the federal government
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Service, Commerce Dept., SEC, FDIC, NCIS) and the technology
industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your
computer, and protect your personal information.
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online. Parents
can help reduce kids risks of socializing online by talking to
them about making safe, responsible decisions.
Parents Guide to Protecting Kids Online: (20 ways to protect
Parents of the Social Media Generation Are Not OK: December 8, 2021
| CNN Business. "In interviews over the last month, nearly a dozen
parents spoke with CNN Business about grappling with how to deal with
teens who experience online harms such as bullying, body image issues
and pressures to always be Liked."
Internet Safety Tips for Parents: Protect children from online
Stay Safe Online: by National Cyber Security Alliance to educate
& empower a digital society to use the Internet safely & securely.
Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety: When 97 percent of
under 14s have used a mobile device at least once, it's clearly
impractical to ban them from the net altogether.…However too much
Internet use can also lead to a number of health and social
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet:
"a guide for parents on how to keep children safe online, that covers
how to safely introduce children to technology, and how to make sure
they don't fall victim to cyberbullying or social media/ gaming
Internet Filter Software Review
Priests and Clergy:
The Gift of the Priestly Vocation – Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis
Sacerdotalis (2016): Vatican – Congregation for the Clergy.
Priestly Formation Decisive to Mission of Church: Pope Francis to
the Congress on the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutions Sacerdotalis organized by the Congregation for the Clergy on October 7, 2017, in the
Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. "The renewal of faith
and the future of vocations are possible only if we have well-formed
World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 22, 2018: Resources
for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Great Adventure: Letter to a Young Man Entering the Seminary."
Father Brian Cavanaugh, TOR, The Priest/Our Sunday Visitor | 7/20/2017.
"Your Vocation is Not About You" by Benjamin Mann - July 3, 2014.
"The purpose of life is the unitive devotional service of God, which
includes the love of our neighbor (in whom God dwells). This is the real
purpose of any vocation."
Priestly Formation: A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops
Congregation for the Clergy: The Holy See
Instruction on Careful Selection & Training of Candidates for the States
Of Perfection & Sacred Orders - Sacred
Congregation For Religious (Feb. 2, 1961)
Guide to the Training of Future Priests Concerning the Instruments of
Social Communication: Congregation for Catholic Education, 1986
Online Resources for Ministerial Formation for Priests, Deacons, and Lay
Ecclesial Ministers compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
Opus Bono Sacerdotii: a Catholic charity finding solutions for
the proper care & treatment of priests who are experiencing
The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy - The Ministry of Penance and
Reconciliation with a View to Christian Holiness –
Priestfit Helps Clergymen “Eat Clean, Be Fit and Pray Well”: Social
media-based mutual support group pushes priests to stay in shape, to
better serve their people.…a priest is there to help guide us to eternal
life. We expect them to be spiritually fit, but we don’t necessarily
expect them to be physically fit.
Protection of Minors in the Church – Vatican, February 21-24, 2019.
Presentations: on this page the presentations of the speakers will be
published after being held.
"The Seal of the Confessional" Fr. William Saunders (CERC). "The
standard of secrecy protecting a confession outweighs any form of
professional confidentiality or secrecy."
Spiritual Formation of the Priest - 12 Conferences by Rev. Raphael
Simon, OCSO, MD, St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA.
Year for Priests (2009–2010). Messages from Pope Emeritus Benedict
Vatican – New Document on Christian Burial and Cremation.
The CDF published a new instruction on the burial of the dead
and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation.
Daily Mass Readings:
from U.S. Catholic Bishops
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's - Instruction Universae Ecclesia on application of the Motu Proprio
"Summorum Pontificum" (May 13, 2011).
The Theology of the Liturgical Year (CatholicCulture) by
Rev. John H. Miller, C.S.C., S.T.D.
Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy
Vatican II on the Liturgy - Introduction: commentary
by Dr. Jeff Mirus (CatholicCulture.org)
CatholicCulture - The Liturgical Year: Overview
of the liturgical year--season, saints, holidays
Catholic Liturgical Library: historical & current
information about liturgies of the Latin (Roman) rite of the
Catholic Resources for Bible, Liturgy, and More: materials,
related to biblical & liturgical studies, for teachers,
Notre Dame Center for Liturgy (NDCL):
Dedicated to Liturgical Research and Pastoral Liturgy.
Committee on Divine Worship: U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB). Scroll down for online newsletter archive.
The Deacon at Mass: Committee on the Liturgy - USCCB
General Instruction of the
Roman Missal, 3rd Edition – Congregation
for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Hymnary: a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals.
Resources & Training for Homiletics: The USCCB offers these
resources for the renewal of preaching in our country, including
"Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily" (PDF).
Promoting Authentic Eucharistic Adoration
- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
liturgical planning pages
(readings, themes); suggestions for
music & hymns.
Liturgical & Prayer Resources: Church of England & Wales
The Liturgy Archive: attempts to gather into one place
various liturgies, prayers, sermons, and anything else that a
Christian may find useful for prayer, contemplation and
(subscription) daily Mass and spiritual readings, and prayers.
Mass Times: A Ministry to traveling Catholics to find a
nearby church with a schedule of religious services in the USA &
The Mystery of Music – Part I (an extended introduction to
the topic): Thomas Van's essay on the spiritual value of music.
The Mystery of Music, Part II (covering The Essence of
Music; Music and the Soul;
The Mystery of Music, Part III (covering Music and Relation;
Music Transcendent; Music and Unity; Music and Grace.
SanctaMissa.org: tutorial for priests and altar servers
learning to celebrate the Tridentine Latin Mass according to the
1962 Roman Missal.
Low-gluten altar hosts: Congregation of Benedictine Sisters
of Perpetual Adoration, Altar Breads Dept, 31970 State Highway
P, Clyde, Missouri 64432 (Phone:1-800-223-2772).
Sunday of the Word of God, Motu Proprio Aperuit illis,
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 30, 2019): "This
Sunday, Pope Francis wants to stimulate all Christians not just
to place the Bible on the shelf as one of many books, perhaps
filled with dust, but as an instrument that awakens our faith."
Sunday of the Word of God: United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB) resources. Includes Catechetical
Material, Ecumenical & Interreligious Material, Liturgical
Material, Prayer Material, Spanish Resources.
The Roman Missal - 3rd Edition
Musica Sacra: website of the Church Music Association of
America. Offers huge range of classical church music resources
of all genres.
CanticaNOVA Publications: Traditional music for the
10,00 Christian hymns & Gospel songs from many denominations.
Learn Byzantine Chant
Songs of Praise: a unique source of original songs and plays
for your church.
Lyrics and origins of the most popular Christmas carols.
"Art is Servant" – The Art of David Myers: A passion for
religious, specifically Catholic-Christian works of art.
High Cross Monument Co.
Celtic Memorial Crosses & Markers reflecting Irish & Celtic
The House of Hansen (Chicago, IL): custom clerical garments,
church supplies, & religious articles.
ICHTHYS Designs: Vestments & altar appointments, custom
designed - a unique approach since 1989 by Lynn Ronkainen.
Liturgical Publications, Inc: Resources for church
bulletins, web services, online donations, and more.
Rohn Design Group: Liturgical designers, artists and
artisans. A family-owned and operated business.
Religious Orders & Lay Apostolates:
from First Sunday of Advent, weekend
of November 29, 2014, through Tuesday, February 2, 2016, World
Day of Consecrated Life.
Year of Consecrated Life
– Resources from VISION Vocation Network:
Parish Resource Packet, Year of Consecrated Life logos,
banners, posters, etc., VISION Vocation Guides. Sample
homilies that encourage vocation discernment. For
Bulletin/web Editors: Reflections on consecrated life.
Petitionary Prayers and other Vocation Prayers, and more.
Year of Consecrated Life logos, banners, posters, etc.,
VISION Vocation Guides: Please feel free to use these Year
of Consecrated Life resources from the VISION Vocation
Network and the National Religious Vocation Conference.
Parish Resource Packet: Here are some great resources to
help parishes celebrate and promote religious life and
Words of Wisdom on Consecrated life: quotations on the
consecrated life by saints, Vatican documents, church
leaders and others.
The Year of Consecrated Life:
resources from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Year of Consecrated Life for Men Religious in the United
Discovering the Different Charisms in the
The Service of Authority and Obedience: Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life & Societies of Apostolic Life
Paths of Love - Catholic Vocation Discernment:
books, articles, & documents on the vocations of marriage,
religious & the priesthood.
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM): Serves the
leadership of the Catholic orders and congregations of the more
than 17,000 vowed religious priests and brothers of the United
States, ten percent of whom are foreign missionaries.
National Religious Vocation Conference
Religious Formation Conference
Priestly Formation: A Statement of the U.S. Catholic
Congregation for the Clergy: The Holy See
Formation of Novices and Seminarians: Nine Signs of Steady
Growth" - Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. (CatholicCulture.com)
Franciscans, Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Assisi
(International Headquarters, Rome Italy).
Franciscan Friars, T.O.R.
– Immaculate Conception Province
Franciscan Friars, T.O.R.
– Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province
Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, T.O.R.: Diocese
of Steubenville, OH.
Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan, OFM)
Order of Saint Benedict
Order of Carmelites: The Index of Carmelite Information on
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR)
FAMVIN - International Vincentian Family
Nashville Dominicans: Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
Hermitary: resources and reflections on hermits and
The Confraternity of Penitents:
Brothers & Sisters of Penance live according to St. Francis of
Assisi’s 1221 Rule of Life in their own homes.
Family Missions Company: lay apostolate called to missionary
United States Conference of Secular Institutes
Taizé: an international, ecumenical community founded by
Franciscan University Pilgrimages: travel to destinations to
strengthen your faith, encourage your spirit, & renew your soul.
– Franciscan University of Steubenville, Youth –
Adult & Young Adult Conferences.
Catholic Pilgrim Office: operates pilgrimages for pre-formed
groups of 15 or more.
Find the Divine:
Directory of Retreats, Spiritual Retreat
Centers, Religious Retreat Centers
Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem - 360 View: Drag mouse up or down
to see different views of the picture.
St. Francis Pilgrimages: Catholic pilgrimages in the
Accommodation booking service for lodging in
authentic monasteries and convents in Italy.
Pilgrimages & Spiritual Journeys
- 206 Tours
San Pedro Spiritual Development Center (Winter Park, FL)
offers guided, private, and sponsored retreats.
Vatican City Travel Guide: Visit the Vatican in Rome –
planning, tips, itineraries, maps and attractions.
Vatican 360 Virtual Tours: including
St. Peter’s Basilica,
St. John Lateran,
St. Paul Outside-the-Walls,
St. Mary Major,
Redemptoris Mater Chapel,
Sistine Chapel, and
"news.va" - Vatican Multimedia Portal: consult principal news
items printed or transmitted by Vatican media outlets".
Vatican Information Service (VIS): News in Spanish, English,
French & Italian. Also access to the Vatican's Twitter & YouTube
The Vatican on YouTube: Channel offers news coverage of
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI & of relevant Vatican events.
The Voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the World.
Your Good News Source:
multimedia information service sponsored by the Pontifical Council
for Social Communications
America: Catholic weekly magazine. Analysis & opinions on issues
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Catholic Church Teachings, Bible, Catechism, Prayers, Saints,
Vatican, Catholic News, Life Issues
- a service of
Paulist Press: Bringing you the best of Catholic media in the USA.
Catholic News Agency (CNA):
provides up-to-the-minute news affecting the Catholic Church, the
Holy Father and Holy See.
Catholic News Service:
Communication Department - U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Online: Catholic News & Information Center to help all
people deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
Catholic World News
Catholic World Report: an online
news magazine that tells the story from an orthodox Catholic
Chiesa.com News Links: Newspapers, radio, and TV from all over
EWTN - Global Catholic Network
Exaudi: the new international news agency, whose objective is to
strengthen the union of Catholics with the Pope, and to evangelize. You
will find news, analysis and reflection on key issues that, as Catholics,
we need to understand and transmit in our professional, family and
Florida Catholic: official newspaper for the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Miami, & Orlando, Palm Beach & Venice
Homiletic & Pastoral Review Online: "Built on the solid
foundation of the Catholic Church, ... timeless truths of faith that
International Fides Service: sponsored by the Pontifical Mission
Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Get Religion: blog that analyses media coverage of religion, on
the premise that the secular media does not 'get religion'.
The Leaven: newspaper of Archdiocese of Kansas City
LifeNews: reporting news that affects the pro-life community.
dedicated to issues of culture, life, & family.
MyCatholic.com: the first Catholic portal that let's you
customize your content.
National Catholic Register: On-line Web Edition
National Catholic Reporter:
online web edition
Voice of the
Catholic Lay Faithful
The Pittsburgh Catholic: official newspaper of the Diocese of
ReligionLink: resource for journalists when they encounter
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Religion Newswriters’ Religion Stylebook: an easy-to-use
authoritative guide created for religion journalists.
Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI - Column Archive, member of the
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate
School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
SIGNIS - World Catholic Assoc. for Communication: brings
together radio, television, cinema, video, Internet, new media
Social Media: "As Great a Challenge as the Reformation" (USCCB).
Bishop Ronald Herzog of Alexandria.
The Tablet: The Church in the World
The Catholic New World: official newspaper of the Archdiocese of
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - USCCB
Word On Fire:
Bishop Robert Barron Catholic Evangelist
Pontifical Council for Social Communications: Vatican web site
for "all those who work in journalism, radio, television, films and
the whole system of informatics, who listen honestly to the voice of
their conscience and sincerely aspire to further the progress of
Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative: to generate
intellectual frameworks and practical resources for the issues
and opportunities surrounding faith and work.
Shrinking the Camel - Confessions of Faith from the Corner
Office: For Christians With Ambition, Bradley J. Moore
Catholic: Under the Hood.
Catholic history & theology from a Franciscan perspective,
including podcasts by Fr. Seraphim Beshoner, TOR
to help others learn of the lives of
these holy men and women, who have lived lives of heroic virtue.
Whispers in the Loggia:
Rocco Palmo's outstanding blog covering
the Catholic Church
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CM Almy: church supplies, Catholic vestments, clergy apparel
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Daughters of St. Paul - Pauline Books & Media
Direct from Lourdes: Rosary Beads, Lourdes Holy Water
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Forest of Peace Books: Suppliers for the Spiritual Pilgrim
Gaspard: Liturgical vestments, albs, cassocks, clergy
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Holyart: first religious art shop in Italy, which sells
dedicated to publishing the Social
Teachings of the Catholic Church
Liguori Publications: Redemptorists’ publications of parish
resources, faith formation and evangelization, and renewal
Meyer • Vogelpohl Church Goods: leader in quality church
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Nazareth-Souvenir: original Christian Holy Land Gifts Crafts
Papal Blessed Rosaries:
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Planet Icthus Christian Gifts:
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Real Life Rosary - Hand-Made Corded Knot Rosaries:
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St. Jude Church Goods - world's most complete religious and
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Via Rosa - Beads of Inspiration: Creation of unique rosaries
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Watts & Co: "the world’s foremost purveyor of fine
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the Catholic & Anglican Church since 1874.