Lenten Journey Journal: Friday, March 24th

Today is the feast day of a rather new “blessed” and one of my top Catholic heroes – Archbishop Oscar Romero. Picking any of his powerful and prophetic quotes and prayerfully reflecting on it is a valuable meditation for me.

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And today is the last day before our week long (and much anticipated) Spring Break. So, the next post of the Lenten Journey Journal will be for Monday, April 3rd!

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Lenten Journey Journal: Wednesday, March 22nd – U.N. World Water Day

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And to celebrate U.N. World Water Day, you may want to watch/show this video:

 

Saint O’the Day: St. Paulo Miki & Companions (6 Feb)

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The 5th of February was when the USCCB invited us to celebrate the “National Day of Prayer for the African American Family” So, I’ve included the prayer for this special day on the fifth slide in the deck.

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

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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. Sebastian (20 Jan)

This is a special saint for me as his memorial day is my birthday.

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I’ve included a special prayer on the final slide. This is an excerpt from the USCCB “Prayer for Migrant Children” which I found linked through the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s  “Prayers of Light” which were offered on the eve of the US Inauguration. 

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Saint O’the Day: St. Francis Xavier (Dec.3)

As I’ve mentioned previously, if a significant saint has his/her memorial day on a weekend and the Friday or Monday saint of that weekend isn’t equally significant, I’m focusing on the more significant one. So, St. Francis Xavier, whose memorial is the 3rd, is my featured saint for Friday the 2nd.

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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!