Saint O’the Day: St. Gonsalo Garcia (7 Feb)

Please download and share this presentation – PDF

And Tuesday the 7th begins the USCCB’s National Marriage Week . Here’s a prayer from the USCCB website celebrating marriage:

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Saint O’the Day: St. Marianne Cope (23 Jan)

Please download and share this saint who spent much of her life in Syracuse, New York and Hawaii. – PDF

As I mentioned in another post, I’m including a couple of special slides with prayers and reflections related to the USCCB’s Nine Days for Life  , including this reflection posted recently by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

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Saint O’the Day: St. Tomasso da Cori (19 January)

I am back from my bereavement trip in time for this post in which I feature this week’s International Prayer for Christian Unity. You can learn more about it at the USCCB website.

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Saint O’the Day: St. Juan Diego (Dec. 9th)

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I particularly like this prayer found at the USCCB website.

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I’m using the beginning of my class tomorrow to show Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December 2016:

And I’ll support Pope Francis’ prayer by introducing my students to the statistics and the work down by this organization – War Child

Saint O’the Day: Feast of All Saints of the Franciscan Order (Nov.29th)

Today we remember not one saint, but many! I learned about this special day on the Church calendar from a guest who spoke to my classes today. I was honored to welcome Friar John, who blogs under the name “Friar Truck.” Here’s the two of us as I gave him a thank you gift and then my class and I sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

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Every year, on November 29th, Franciscans celebrate the many saints from their community across the nearly 800 years of existence.  November 29, 1223 was when the final Rule of Life was approved for the Franciscan order.

So, please download and share this special presentation –PDF

It’s full of great saints and interesting information:

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Prayer and Reflection Resources – Advent 2016

Last year , I posted a list of resources for prayer and reflection during this holy season of Advent. It’s time to share what I’ll be looking at this Advent 2016 (or is it 2017 as it’s the new Church Year now?)

Busted Halo is back with their virtual advent calendar  They are also hosting an “InstaPhoto Challenge” with the invitation to post Advent related photos each day. And I’m a big fan of their “Two Minute” videos:

One of my very favorite sites, Creighton U’s On-line Ministry has an outstanding set of resources for Advent including reflections, prayers, excellent audio retreats and talks and much more.

EWTN, USCCB, Crux, Franciscan Media, Loyola Press, and Word on Fire  all have free and paid resources for Advent.

Fr. Felix Just, S.J., known for amazing lists of hyperlinks, has a wide ranging one for Advent which includes a list of Advent carols.

And stepping outside of the Catholic community, let me share an excellent Advent calendar and resources from the good Episcopal brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. 

And check back here daily as I continue to post the Saint O’the Day as well as an “Advent Journey Journal” which I’m inviting my Sophomores to use each day during our meditation and contemplation time.

Happy Church New Year and may your Advent be blessed and bright!