St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Grace of Self-Sacrificing Love

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Aug 14, 2020 3:10:19 PM

Today, the Church honors St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest who volunteered to die in place of a fellow prisoner at Auschwitz, thus embodying the teaching of Jesus, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Yet this last and greatest act of St. Maximilian did not emerge from a vacuum; it was the result of a lifetime of being conformed to Christ through prayer and sacrifice. Only by consistently practicing self-denial, by dying to himself and taking up his cross daily, could St. Maximilian have been conformed to Christ to such a degree that he was in that pivotal moment able to imitate Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, laying down his life so that another might live. 

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Topics: human dignity, saints, Saturdays with the Saints, self-giving love, St. Maximilian Kolbe

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Jul 6, 2020 4:19:20 PM

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: prayer, saints, Scripture, parenting, lectio divina, Hispanic ministry, Catolicismo hispano, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

Behind the Scenes: Stories in Light

Posted by Nancy Cavadini on Jun 9, 2020 9:57:48 AM

I was recently asked what it was like doing the research for a book I co-authored about the stained glass windows at Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The words of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz immediately popped into my head. “A while back, we were walking down the yellow brick road…” Researching and writing the book had its share of unexpected tornados, witches, even flying monkeys, and sometimes the yellow brick road just fell off into nowhere!

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Topics: communion of saints, Notre Dame, saints, theological aesthetics, visual arts, basilica of the sacred heart, stained glass, relics

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

Free Resource: Saints Workbooks

Posted by Scott Boyle on Apr 22, 2020 2:08:43 PM

This time of social distancing has reminded me of how much I thrive when I am able to spend intentional time with others. Although it has certainly taken some creativity, I’ve been surprised at how I’ve been able to maintain relationships with friends and family and spend quality time at a distance. Game nights over Zoom and phone calls over walks have proved to be two essential foundations. 

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Topics: catechesis, saints, printable saints, downloadable resources, saint devotions, COVID-19 Resources

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