Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Jun 1, 2020 11:52:11 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: Divine Mercy, formation, resources, downloadable resources, Called & Co-Responsible Conference, co-responsibility, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

The Power of Preaching, Part 5: Giving Feedback

Posted by Karla Bellinger on May 28, 2020 1:14:15 PM

Catholics shy away from talking about preaching. An elderly woman shuddered when she told me, “I couldn’t talk to Father about his homily!” One catechetical leader said, “There’s no conversation. It’s the elephant in the room . . . No one is willing to talk about it.” (Connecting Pulpit and Pew, 8). The subject of preaching is a difficult conversation.

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Topics: homily, liturgy, preaching, formation, parish life

Liturgy and Education, Part 1: Why They Need Each Other

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on May 21, 2020 7:00:00 AM

In usual conversation, the term “education” is most often used to refer to the process of formalized schooling. Schools are where education takes place, and for this reason, education is understood as the project of a young person who completes this education upon conferral of a degree or certification. One may begin, as my undergraduates say, “to adult” upon graduation.

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Topics: Catholic education, liturgy, formation, liturgy and education, human flourishing

The Power of Preaching, Part 3: What is Good Preaching?

Posted by Karla Bellinger on May 14, 2020 11:18:55 AM

In the previous installments of this series, I described preaching as a relationship that leads to an encounter with God. But what constitutes “good” preaching? Can it really change people’s lives? How we define “good” preaching affects both how preachers evaluate themselves and how listeners respond in feedback. If preacher and parishioner are to work together to renew Catholic preaching, then what does “good” mean?

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Topics: homily, liturgy, preaching, evangelization, formation

Modeling God's Mercy in the Classroom

Posted by Eric Buell on Jan 30, 2020 7:01:00 AM

My students often find Christ in unexpected ways. One was invited to wash the feet of a homeless woman. During this interaction, she was asked to cut the woman’s toenails. In the process of doing so, the toenail flung away from the foot and ricocheted off of my student’s head. They both laughed in a moment of communal humility and joy. In relating this incident, she wrote, “I bet this never happened to Jesus.”

Such #neverhappenedtoJesus moments help us think creatively about Pope Francis’ challenge to create homes in our institutions. “A home, as we all know, demands that everyone work together. No one can be indifferent or stand apart, since each is a stone needed to build the home. This also involves asking the Lord to grant us the grace to learn how to be patient, to forgive one another, to start over each day” (Christus Vivit, §217).

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Topics: Catholic education, formation, mercy, Catholic Schools Week

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