May 25, 2016

Spiritual Practices: Visio Divina

A few months ago, our children gave Ron and me a weekend at the beautiful Broadmoor hotel. Located at the base of the foothills in Colorado Springs, this five-star resort is a little paradise on earth. Our get-away took place on a stunning fall weekend. The trees around the lake and nearby golf course were at their peak, giving Ron ample material for his photography. This is just one example of what we saw.

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May 18, 2016

A Memorial Day Reflection

When my husband and I set off on a cross-country trip four years ago, we knew we would visit numerous historical sites. We did not think so many of them would include graveyards. On our first stopover in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we came across a national cemetery. Intrigued by the patterns of the tombstones set among the snow, Ron pulled over to take pictures. I spent my time wandering up and down the pristine pathways, taking in the names of the veterans and the different wars that claimed their lives. As our travels took us farther east, we came across numerous resting places for those who fell during the Civil War. The origins of Memorial Day stretch back to that terrible time when our ancestors turned their weapons on one another in a ferocious firestorm of bloodshed and suffering.

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May 11, 2016

Lectio Divina Catholic Practice; The Spiritual Art of Sacred Listening

“For haphazard reading, constantly varied and as if lighted on by chance does not edify but makes the mind unstable; taken into the memory lightly, it goes out from it even more lightly.” ~ William of St. Thierry

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May 4, 2016

Not just words: Life!

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 22-26th. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by the Sadlier booth to meet Sister Maureen.

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April 28, 2016

The Ascension of the Lord

“When Jesus ascended into heaven, where, exactly, did he go?” This question, posed by a friend in a bible study group, took me off guard. Because we associate “heaven” with the sky, it is natural to picture Jesus rising into the clouds. Browse the web and this is precisely what shows up in paintings and illustrations of this mysterious event.

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April 27, 2016

Prayers & Activities for the Feast of Pentecost

When the risen Jesus visited the disciples before he returned to his Father in Heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with the Church always.  The Holy Spirit came to the disciples on Pentecost. We celebrate the feast of Pentecost as the “capper” to the Easter season. Below are printable Pentecost resources that you can use at home or in your parish!

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April 20, 2016

Arbor Day; A Precious Reminder of the Gift and Wonder of Creation

We don’t make much of Arbor Day any more. It has been overshadowed, perhaps, by the flashier Earth Day which precedes it. Nevertheless, I am going to mark the day by recalling the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer.

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April 12, 2016

The Importance of Catholic Signs and Symbols in the Home

Welcome to our guest blogger, John Collins. John is a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier and a popular speaker at conferences and workshops around the country. He and I will be presenting together at the annual “Catechist Night Out” in the Diocese of Rockville Center on April 15th.

When we registered our daughter to begin her first grade religious education program, I volunteered to teach when the call for catechists went out. I had been involved in faith formation before…as a catechist, a parish director and consultant. Now it was my turn to be in the classroom again. I heard, “Sorry, we have all the first grade teachers we need, but we still need teachers in grade 2.” So I offered to take second grade that year, and continued as a catechist in second grade for 10 years as my daughter moved through the grades in our parish program.

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April 5, 2016

Spirituality Practice: Keeping a Journal

I have been journaling for a long time – since 5th grade, in fact. My best friend, Stephanie, and I were each given little diaries with those flimsy little locks. It amuses me now to think of anyone wanting to hack a ten-year-old’s journal, but I took the privacy measures very seriously. Each night, after writing my entry for the day, I carefully locked the book and stashed it in a secure hiding place – my pajama drawer.

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March 29, 2016

Keep the Easter Season Momentum with Calendar Cards

I re-discovered this year why Easter is a feast. There was such abundance in my celebration, starting with the rich symbols and rituals of the Vigil service on Saturday night. It began outside with a blazing fire that left all of us reeking of wood smoke, and continued with the gradual accumulation of light in the church as the flame from the Paschal Candle was passed from one person to the next. The readings from the Old Testament told of God’s creative and liberating power. The alleluias burst forth in song, and the Gospel proclaimed Christ risen from the dead. The water of Baptism flowed freely and all gave thanks for the blessing of newly-initiated members into our church family. I went to bed feeling inspired by the beauty of our liturgical life.

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