Personal Growth

Catholic apps and websites

A mobile resource for all your Catholic needs, Laudate includes resources such as mass readings, the text of the New American Bible, and rosary and Chaplet. The app also features an Examination of Conscience and several podcasts.

 

 

Catholic Jukebox offers performers and fans of Catholic music a forum to discover new artists. The videos on their website encompass remixes, new interpretations of old favorites, along with music in a praise-and-worship style. Catholic Jukebox also offers podcasts on Catholic music.

 

 

Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding. This new video resource walks you through the Rite of Marriage, whether you’re marrying another Catholic, a baptized person who is not Catholic, or someone who is not baptized. It also answers several FAQs about Catholic weddings. Ideal for engaged couples, their families and anyone who is involved in Catholic marriage preparation.

The Catholic Priest Today: a man of faith, a man of tradition, a man of God is a documentary that complements Fishers of Men produced by the USCCB. It follows the lives of three actual priests through the course of an ordinary week and shows that those who accept the challenge of the priesthood in today’s world realize that it is a great time to be a priest. Produced by the Midwest Theological Forum, and available in the lending library of the Office of Faith Formation.

Jesus Calls Women is a DVD that will give people insights into the vocation of women called to the consecrated life. Religious sisters share their reflections on their discernment process, the vows, prayer, community, and the joys and challenges of consecrated life. Available in the lending library of the Office of Faith Formation complete with study guide for a small group setting.

Called to Love is a DVD set that includes Consecrated Celibacy: A Love Affair, an interview with Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM on Consecrated Celibacy and Radical Love: Consecrated Celibacy that includes women religious from a variety of religious communities explain the challenges and joys of living the vow of Consecrated Celibacy. Available in the lending library of the Office of Faith Formation.

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October is the month of the rosary. Whether you regularly pray the rosary or perhaps have forgotten how, this month might be a good time to fit a rosary or two into your schedule. This link will walk you through it.

 

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Time for a little Catholic humor? Check out this section from the FOCUS equip website, and then browse around their site for more great resources.

 

In Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters, Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith detail how they wrote about God through the Biblical friendship of Ruth and Naomi. By detailing this spiritual friendship through letters, Andrews and Griffith become friends themselves

 

 

In Help, Thanks, Wow,Anne Lamott offers three simple prayers that can help anybody through trying times. These prayers focus on asking for God’s assistance, appreciating what God has given us, and seeing God’s majesty in the world today. Lamott shows how she and others use these ideas in life, and gives spiritual seekers advice on the way forward. She has said that her prayers focus on both “serenity AND taking the action.”

 

 

In Tattoos on The Heart, Gregory Boyle shares the powerful, challenging, and often humorous stories that he has gathered throughout his life as a young Jesuit and his work with gangs in Los Angeles. Not only do these stories reflect the gritty reality of life on the margins of society, but Gregory shows how they can teach us a great deal about God’s love and compassion for all of us. Central to the book is Gregory’s work establishing Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, which has become a model of Christian compassion and social justice in the face of gang violence.

 

 

Living the Mystery by Paul M. Dudziak is a great resource for young Christians trying to better understand their faith or for newcomers seeking a path. It utilizes a wide variety of resources to enhance its message and teachings. Living the Mystery contains links to other texts, quotes, YouTube videos, and more.

 

 

Run by the Jesuits of Ireland, Sacred Space provides daily reflections based in the Ignatian tradition of scriptural and meditative prayer. Each day, a series of introductory prayers are followed by a scripture passage and reflection questions before closing with another brief prayer. The site is designed to allow each person to take as much or as little time as they need in order to make space for prayer in their lives each day.

 

 

When Jake Martin first joined the Jesuits, he noticed his prayers were boldly going where they hadn’t gone before. While thinking about where he found God during the day, Jake thought about television. Television? Is it even OK to find God in pop culture?

Jake thinks so (and he’s a Jesuit)! He’s also a comedian, and he thinks faith and humor go hand-in-hand. His sense of humor is a gift from God that makes life better for him — and makes him a better person, too.

Jake’s book, What’s So Funny about Faith,is his wry, heartfelt memoir filled with humorous anecdotes that span his relatively young life. With chapters such as “Celibacy in the City” and “Live from New York, It’s … a Jesuit!”, Martin continually demonstrates not only the essential role humor has played in developing his own spiritual life, but the important role it can — and should — play in developing ours as well.

This book would be an excellent choice for a young adult book group or for your own personal enjoyment!