February 11, 2016

Soul-Nourishing Practices for Lent

As a child I learned to “give something up” for Lent. My meager efforts at abstaining from candy or from teasing my little brother pale in comparison to the regimen of a forty-day desert fast. As a spiritual tradition, fasting goes back millennia. Jesus, in embarking on his wilderness experience, was following the practice set by his ancestors. It was a form of purification.

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WBAS Seasonal Lent

February 10, 2016

Stations of the Cross Meditations

The origins of the Stations of the Cross stretch back to the Crusades when, as a result of the conquering of the Holy Land, Christians began making pilgrimages to the sacred sites where Jesus lived, suffered, died, and rose from the dead. When travel to these places became either impractical or undoable, due to the recapturing of Jerusalem by the Muslims, the practice of walking the Stations of the Cross took hold. Today, churches, monasteries, and retreat centers have various ways of depicting the Stations through paintings, sculpture, or stained glass.

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February 3, 2016

Resources for Lent

February 10th is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. During this six-week season, we are encouraged by the Church to engaged in three spiritual practices - prayer, penance, and almsgiving. To assist you in carrying out these practices for yourself and with your family or students, Sadlier is pleased to offer a number of inspirational and practical resources. We hope it adds to your experience at this sacred time of year.

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WBAS Seasonal Lent

January 27, 2016

The Human Search for Meaning

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress on February 28, 2016.

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WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections

January 25, 2016

Catholic Virtues Series: Unity in Christ

"So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. John 17:21

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January 20, 2016

Catholic Schools Week Reflection: The Joy of Knowledge

When I was teaching second grade, I sometimes felt sorry for my colleagues in the upper levels. They didn’t receive the kind of love notes that appeared on my desk each morning. One of the most memorable was a thank you card from one of my more rambunctious students. His message of gratitude sticks with me: “You teached me things I never knewed.”  

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January 11, 2016

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Prayer for Peacemakers

“…Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Oslo, 1964.

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WBAS Topics Prayer

January 6, 2016

Holding the Doors of Mercy Open

As the New Year dawns, I’m expecting an uptick in new members at our local fitness center - those making resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. The intention is good; keeping up the motivation is a challenge. As the year wears on, the weather warms up, and other activities crowd the calendar, it’s easy to forget the resolve that drove the decision to sign up in the first place.

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WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics For Families

December 23, 2015

World Day of Peace

It was the song that always ended our concerts, sometimes as an encore after receiving a rousing response from our parents and classmates. To this day I associate “Let There Be Peace on Earth” with my high school glee club. Our choral director, Sister Elizabeth Anne, urged us to a crescendo as we sang the last line – “…and let it begin with me.” It still brings chills each time I hear it.

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December 16, 2015

The Hope of Christmas

It hasn’t been an easy Advent in which to hope. As the shadow of the bombings in Beirut and Paris continued to hover over us, the shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino reminded us that terrorist acts are becoming a way of life. Add to that the ongoing tragedy of gun violence in cities like Chicago, events that hardly even make it to the back page of the news any more. A cynical headline in a New York newspaper announced that prayer was useless because God wasn’t “fixing” anything.

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WBAS Seasonal Advent & Christmas, WBAS Topics For Families

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