Spiritual Friendship and the Redemptive Vision of "Fratelli Tutti"

Posted by Gregory Floyd on Oct 20, 2020 7:02:00 AM

One of the oldest reflections on friendship is Plato’s Lysis in which Socrates suggests that a friend “somehow belong[s] to his beloved either in his soul or in some characteristic, habit, or aspect of his soul.”[1] Developing this intuition, Aristotle, later argued that in a perfect friendship, friends must “live together,”[2] by sharing deeply in one another’s inner life, famously describing such a friend as “another self.”[3] True friends are those whose hearts and minds pursue the same thing—goodness for Plato and virtue for Aristotle.

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Topics: Pope Francis, friendship, Fratelli Tutti

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

The Power of Preaching, Part 2: Encountering Christ

Posted by Karla Bellinger on May 1, 2020 6:50:00 AM

In our coaching session, the young priest smiled, “I like to make people happy. They like my jokes.” I suggested that he focus his homily to make one point. He said that he would make that as his goal. Then he admitted, “But I spend more time searching the Internet for a good joke than I do creating my homily.” 

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Topics: homily, preaching, Vatican II, Pope Francis, Scripture

There's No Place Like Home: Dolly Parton's Nostalgia

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Apr 27, 2020 2:35:00 PM

Summers meant catching fireflies against the background of the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountains were as green as could be, producing the sweetest of smells that permeated our little town of Maryville. We’d play Hide and Go Seek until the last light fell across the foothills of the Smokies.

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Topics: ecology, Laudato Si', Pope Francis, community, nostalgia, Dolly Parton

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Apr 27, 2020 10:41:54 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: catechesis, technology, Pope Francis, teaching resources, Catolicismo hispano, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources, mental health

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