Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Sep 14, 2020 11:58:48 AM
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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: 

Honoring Mary’s Seven Sorrows
Tomorrow, September 15, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, recognizing the unique role that Mary had in God’s plan for salvation in Christ and the depths of her self-sacrificing love, which culminated in her standing beneath the Cross of Jesus and offering her Son for the salvation of the world. Learn more about Mary’s seven sorrows here, and pray a chaplet in her honor.

Educational Opportunities:

Video Series on the New Directory for Catechesis
The United States Conference for Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released a series of videos unpacking the new Directory for Catechesis, published this past July by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Each video includes questions for reflection and is either available in Spanish or offered with Spanish subtitles.

Serie de videos sobre el Nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis
La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB) ha publicado una serie de videos que desglosan el Nuevo Directorio para la Catequesis, publicado el pasado mes de julio por el Pontificio Consejo para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización. Cada video incluye preguntas de reflexión y está disponible en español o con subtítulos en español.


Vatican Overview: New Directory for Catechesis
In addition to the USCCB’s video series, ministers can continue to learn more about the New Directory of Catechesis from this overview provided by the Vatican. The Directory will undoubtedly become indispensable in catechetical ministry moving forward.


What is “Surge Capacity”? And why is it important?
This article from Elemental entitled Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted—It’s Why You Feel Awful” describes “surge capacity” as “a collection of adaptive systems—mental and physical—that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters.” Because it’s meant for short-term survival, drawing from this capacity over the long-term (say, throughout a pandemic) can have traumatic effects, but thankfully, the article also outlines ways to cope.

And just for fun:

7 (Budget-Friendly) Outdoor Activities for the Fall Season
Here in South Bend, the weather has turned coolish and a hint of fall is in the air. Before winter drives everyone back inside, take advantage of this list of fun outdoor activities for the family this autumn.

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