Christmas Celebration Journal: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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In a way similar to the journals I created for my students to use during Advent, I’ll be creating and posting Christmas Celebration Journals for my students to use in class during the remaining days of the Christmas season.

After our class opening prayer, I dim the lights, put on quiet music and walk my students through a brief, prayerful, centering activity. I continue to play the music and invite them to reflect on these journal pages (what they write is for them only) and/or to gaze at the art in prayerful contemplation.

I’ll offer the journals here in two forms – a PDF to “download and go” and as a Google Slides (in case you want to modify it)

And I’ll try to use both traditional and contemporary art:

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Advent Journey Journal: Third Tuesday of Advent

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Please download and share this journal page which I’m inviting my Sophomores to use during our Advent prayer time. Rather than write, they may also ponder and gaze at the relevant art on the slides.

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Google Slides

And, as this is my last Advent Journal before we have our midterms and Christmas Break, enjoy this extra art:

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May you and yours have a blessed and joy-filled Christmas!

Advent Journey Journal: First Friday of Advent

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Please download and share this journal page which I’m inviting my Sophomores to use during our Advent prayer time. Rather than write, they may also ponder and gaze at the relevant art on the slides.

PDF

Google Slides

Friday FaithPost – “40 A Video of Jesus in the Wilderness”

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As I mentioned in the first Friday FaithPost a couple of weeks ago, during Lent I’ll be offering more somber and thought-provoking links on Fridays. Sun(fun) Night Posts will remain light-hearted as Sundays are always days of celebrating Christ’s Resurrection – even during the Lenten season.

I sincerely encourage you to take four minutes now to watch this powerful video telling the story of the gospel from last Sunday.

 

I’m sharing this video with each of my classes today (3 down, 2 to go). And with each viewing, my appreciation of the powerful simplicity of it grows.

Kudos to YouTuber Adam Young who writes only this about the video:

I took these incredible illustrations by a British illustrator named Simon Smith and put them to an Explosions In The Sky song.

250th Post! Visual Beauty for Your Device

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I missed getting a Sun(Fun)day post out yesterday. Turns out that there are only so many hours in the day and yesterday they passed by way too quickly.

So, it’s Monday, sunny here in Ohio, we’re on the 250th post at this blog and it’s a good day for celebrating the miracle that is our eyes!

If you’re like me, you change your device’s wallpaper or background image frequently. I like to enjoy that moment of beauty before I get to whatever app or task I’m seeking.

So, for your viewing pleasure here’s a few of my favorite sites for downloading beautiful images and a recent example of each.

Perhaps you’ve already discovered the Bing Wallpaper Gallery. As a search engine, Microsoft’s Bing takes a lot of flack. But as a source for daily, seasonally themed, blow-your-mind images it’s the best. It also has a highly searchable archive to find any type of image perfectly sized to fit your desktop/homescreen:

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So after I stop at Bing’s site, I go over to my next favorite site for daily images as well as great, daily prayer resources. Hosted my the Jesuits of the Midwest Province, the location of the site is Jesuitprayer.org. Each day they offer a gripping image paired with a quote related to the liturgical reading and related reflection for the day. There’s also an iOS app available. The images aren’t always in the highest definition, so sometimes they are a bit fuzzy on my iPad lock screen. Still, the reflections included are worth pausing on for a moment before unlocking and moving forward.

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The last site is one that I just discovered the other day. I’ve known about the Three Minute Retreat site and app for a while. I get their daily email and for the first time I looked closely at the links within it. Not only is there one to Loyola PressLenten Resources, but there’s also a link to where you can download seasonal images which include a quote from the week’s scripture and the month’s calendar. The stunning one on my iPad lock screen today is above while this week’s is here:

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One really good thing about the file (above) from Loyola is that it fits perfectly onto the iPad screen while the Three Minute Retreat one needs to be reduced.

As a bonus, if you’re looking for lock screen images and home screen organization on your Android device, may I recommend what I use – Picturesque and Aviate respectively.

Sun(Fun) Day Night: 6 Photographers + 1 Man + A Twist…

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A busy Sunday night here, so I need to keep this one brief. I don’t know if this video is funny – at least not in the “ha-ha” kind of way.

It is interesting as the results of the experiment done by the people at Canon Photography are fascinating. The set up was simple – six photographers met individually with one man to set up and take a photo shoot. Here’s the twist: the man was an actor who gave a very different story about himself to each of the professionals. In turn, each took quite different photos, based primarily on whether they thought the man was a self-made tycoon, an ex-con or a psychic (pictured above) – just three of the six roles.

It’s worth taking a few minutes to see the results…