Meditation Monday: First Week of Advent

As part of my school’s goal to develop prayerful and contemplative students, we are offering “Meditation Mondays” through our Religion classes. Here’s the one for tomorrow which I created. Enjoy and share!


Advent Prayer Resources and Calendars

It’s the second day of Advent 2016 (yes, it is now The Year of Grace 2016) and here’s some resources that I’m using with my students and in my own personal prayer:

Advent in Two Minutes:

Busted Halo Advent Calendar (pictured above)

USCCB Resources

#adventword – A Global Advent Calendar – This is a cool site leveraging social media to gather images of an Advent “word of the day.”

Sign-up for Bishop Robert Barron’s  daily Advent reflections

And a video from him as well:

Loyola Press has an engaging Arts & Faith set of Advent Resources while the home page for all of their Advent resources is here.

How about iOS and Android Apps to either create or access Advent calendars and other resources? Learn about these here and here.

Finally, for videos and other resources, from a more general Christian perspective, check out Advent Conspiracy

Have a blessed and meaningful Advent season!



Halloween Things – Top 10 Fears, Bible and Horror Movies, Activities

OK, so it’s not an elegant title, but I hope it’s a descriptive one.

First, the Washington Post published a story and infographic (above) which shows what scares Americans these days. BOO – It’s not a monster under your bed — IT’S THE GOVERNMENT!!!

The always interesting religious and spiritual blog aggregator Patheos, has two thoughtful article worth spending a few minutes reading:

“Are Horror Films C(c)atholic?”

“Thinking Inside the Box: How Modern Horror Movies Echo the Scary Stories of the Bible”

And, for fun (especially for the younger set):

26 Halloween Sites for Your Students