Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun.
Prayer for the Home:
Family Rosary for the Month of October
October is the month of the Rosary (the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated this week on October 7). Learn how to incorporate this beautiful prayer into your spiritual life as an individual or with your family through Family Rosary, begun by Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., who coined the phrase, “The family that prays together, stays together.”
Essay: How to Vote Like a Catholic
In this remarkable essay from the McGrath Institute’s Church Life Journal, theologian Brett Salkeld presents the Church’s teachings on voting, focusing on “prudential judgment,” explaining the implications of the teachings and offering Catholics a way forward in a political climate that is at best murky and at worst riddled with division and vitriol. An educational, enlightening must-read for any Catholic voter.
Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and this free resource from the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership Steering Committee “provides information to help faith leaders work with members of their congregations and their families who are facing mental health challenges. Its goal is to help faith leaders understand more about mental health, mental illness, and treatment, and help break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking the care they need” (2).
Flourishing with the “Father of Impressionism”
French painter Claude Monet ushered in a new era of painting with his innovative techniques, other-worldly color palettes, and peace-filled landscapes. The Art Institute of Chicago offers a look behind the curtain of some of Monet’s works, including a slideshow of the pieces in their current exhibition.
And just for fun:
Free Coloring Pages: Mysteries of the Rosary
If you’re going to be introducing the Rosary to little ones this month, what better way to do so than through having them color images of its mysteries? This free collection features line drawings inspired by some of the most famous paintings in Catholicism’s history. Art lovers will recognize elements of Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Murillo’s Assumption of the Virgin, and Bouguereau’s Scourging at the Pillar.
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