Free Teaching Resources: Promoting an Integral Vision of Human Life and Dignity Across Disciplines

Posted by Jessica Keating on Feb 25, 2021 7:04:00 AM

For over 2000 years, the Catholic Church has proclaimed that every human person has inherent dignity and inestimable worth. Though one of the greatest gifts handed down to cultures and societies across history, this proclamation is perhaps the most audacious the Church announces in the modern world. Amidst the violence and chaos of the world, the Church consistently calls on each one of us to recognize and act in accordance with the dignity of each and every human being, from conception to natural death. Catholic school educators, regardless of the subject they teach, have a responsibility to inculcate this fundamental belief in their students.

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Topics: human dignity, downloadable resources, Office of Life and Human Dignity, educational resources

Anointing of the Sick and the Virtue of Hope

Posted by Caitlin Sica on Feb 24, 2021 7:03:00 AM

The woman before us was frail, lying peacefully, unalert—a shadow of the fierce, intelligent, vivacious woman she had been. Her 95 years on this earth had been lived to the fullest. The years had not been without their trials and sufferings, but they had always been lived for God. With God as her lifesource, Joan radiated light, joy, and love to all whom she encountered. The time had come for God to let his good and faithful servant go in peace. 

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Topics: death, healing, Hope, sacraments, theological virtues, virtue

Sacred Sites of Notre Dame: Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Posted by Isaac Garcia on Feb 23, 2021 11:19:45 AM

“Papa, what’s that fancy church?”

My toddler likes to look at pictures of our wedding, especially as a stalling tactic ahead of naps and bedtime.

“That’s a very special church at Notre Dame, where Mama and Papa went to school. That’s also where Mama and Papa got married.”

“Oh. I like that special church.”

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Topics: Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, pilgrimage, sacred architecture, basilica of the sacred heart

Free Online Series: Journey with The Saint John's Bible

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Feb 22, 2021 1:55:08 PM

For a second year, the McGrath Institute for Church Life launched a free online series entitled “Journey with The Saint John’s Bible.” Across six units, participants are invited to learn about the beauty of Scripture, art, and practices of prayer both ancient and new. 

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Topics: Ash Wednesday, Lent, Scripture, lectio divina, visual arts, online education, The Saint John's Bible, visio divina

Penance & Reconciliation and the Virtue of Justice

Posted by Caitlin Sica on Feb 18, 2021 7:12:00 AM

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day pilgrimage toward the joy of the Resurrection. On this day, millions of Christians around the world will hear the words, “Remember that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return,” as they are marked with the dust of ashes. Ashes are a sign of pride—we are marked for Christ; and of humility—we are dust, we cannot save ourselves, we need a Savior. More than a dismal season marked by restricted freedoms, Lent offers us the opportunity to come home to Christ. We are given the time and space to examine the parts of our heart that remain stony, and, with the help of our Lord, turn them into flesh. We are presented with a chance to walk in solidarity with Christ as he journeys to the Cross, so that we too might die to self in order to experience new life. 

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Topics: cardinal virtues, Confession, justice, penance, mercy, moral virtue, reconciliation, sacraments, virtue

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