The Spiritual Benefits of Fasting Year-Round

Posted by Anna Bradley on May 11, 2020 4:13:57 PM

I started daily 16-hour fasts in July of 2019 after researching the benefits of intermittent fasting. When I was presented with a concrete plan for turning fasting into a more intentional spiritual practice, I discovered something much more rewarding than physical discipline.

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Topics: Easter, fasting, Feasts, Pope Francis, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, intermittent fasting

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on May 11, 2020 11:32:40 AM

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.

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Topics: Easter, liturgical music, liturgy, saints, Scripture, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources, educational resources, Confirmation, liturgical formation

Paschal Joy in Isolation

Posted by Francesca Patti on Apr 21, 2020 11:18:00 AM

“Lord, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. . . .
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.” 
—from the Act of Spiritual Communion

Despite the consolation the Act of Spiritual Communion offers the Church during this time of virtual Mass and assembly, the prayer simultaneously elicits a deep sense of loss. Its supplication wells from the sorrowful confession that precedes it, in which we plainly acknowledge our inability to physically receive the Eucharist—the Body of Christ in whom and from whom the Church receives her truest identity. With the concluding line, we plead with Jesus, “never permit me to be separated from You”; yet it seems that we already have been separated from him, and that the timing couldn’t be worse. Amid the chaos of disease and death, we experience ourselves as cut off from the very source and summit of our life. We ask, “Why, O Lord, have you forsaken your beloved in this critical hour? How do we reconcile your apparent disappearance with our unchanging dependence on you? Is it possible to partake joyfully in the Paschal Mystery while unable to receive Communion as we have in the past?”

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Topics: communion, Easter, Eucharist, Paschal mystery, Body of Christ, COVID-19 Resources, Spiritual Communion, isolation

What is a 'Marian Spirituality'?

Posted by Theresa Rice on Apr 17, 2020 11:56:54 AM

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia
For he whom you did merit to bear. Alleluia
Has risen as he said. Alleluia
Pray for us to God. Alleluia
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia
For our Lord has truly risen. Alleluia

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Topics: Easter, Mary, spirituality, Marian devotion

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Apr 13, 2020 1:36:22 PM

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received a number of requests from people looking for resources to assist them in different ways as they meet the challenges presented by stay-at-home orders and social distancing restrictions. In response, we’ve begun curating online resources in this weekly series, including links in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun.  

Here are several that caught our attention for this week:

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Topics: Easter, Hispanic ministry, domestic church, Catolicismo hispano, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

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