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The Catechism of the Church Was My First Introduction to God

Sadlier Religion Consultant and guest blogger, Sister Maureen Sullivan, reflects on the meaning of the catechism in her own life. Read more

Catechetical Ministry: Claiming Our Roots

Sadlier Religion Consultant and guest blogger, Carole Eipers, reflects her personal history with catechesis and how it affected her work on a presentation called “The History of Catechesis: Seeking...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Caring for God’s Creation

“Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything you will...Read more

Catechetical Sunday 2017: Living As Missionary Disciples

“I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures...Read more

Completing My Participation in the Living School

Two years goes by fast. In that time I began and am now close to completing my participation in the Living School – a course on contemplative reflection and practice that involves both on-site and...Read more

Seminarian Letter Project: Catholic School Children Send Their Support and Encouragement

“May your life be filled with love, hope, and happiness as you continue your training. Thank you for your service, and good luck.” Read more

Discerning Our Vocation

“O that today you would hear his voice harden not your hearts…” Psalm 95:7-8 The reminder to listen for the voice of God runs deep in the Scriptures. Such admonitions are usually partnered with the...Read more

A Catechetical Pick-Me-Up

I think I am one of the few people who like the month of January. I don’t mind snow, which is a helpful attribute for a resident of Colorado. For teachers the month is blessedly free of holiday...Read more

The Ministry and Vocation of Teaching

During a “gap year” in which I was discerning the direction to go with my studies, I served as a volunteer with Head Start. It’s there that I met Mrs. Cranmer and learned how teaching can be both a...Read more

Virtue Series: Wellness and the New Year

Long before the term “holistic medicine” came into use, Hildegard of Bingen was putting it into practice. This twelfth century figure had a resume that could rival Leonardo da Vinci. She was not only...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Prayer for Integrity

My fascination with Abraham Lincoln started at a young age. I pulled a hefty tome about his assassination off my parent’s bookshelf while in fourth grade and immediately immersed myself in the story....Read more

Reflection on St Francis of Assisi

Is there any other saint who enjoys as much popularity as Francis of Assisi? Google his name and over 7 million results become accessible. Likenesses of him stand in gardens, parks, and churches,...Read more

Making Time for Friendship

Paul Simon, in one of his early songs, described old friends as “bookends.” The image didn’t mean much to me until this past weekend when I drove to Taos, New Mexico, to reunite with two friends from...Read more

Holy Labor Day

It’s been a few years since I wrote the “Ripples” reflection for my online column, From My Home to Yours. Nevertheless, I remember the story well. I popped into a convenience store on my way to give...Read more

Catechetical Sunday 2016: Learning to Pray

“I know how to say prayers but I’m not sure I know how to pray.” I have heard this from catechists, teachers, and parents over the years. Distinguishing between prayers and praying is at least a...Read more

Gifts of the Holy Spirit– Understanding

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, understanding seems to be the most multi-leveled. It brings to mind a Russian nesting doll in which each one opens into another and another until we reach the...Read more

Celebrating Freedom

The more media I am exposed to, the more I appreciate the Cardinal Virtues. While justice is always a timely pursuit, the other three virtues – prudence, temperance, and fortitude - sound stodgy and...Read more

Getting Ready for a Summer Catechetical Program

I once visited a church that was getting ready for a summer catechetical program. The air of excitement was palpable as volunteers bustled around getting classrooms ready for the two-week event. The...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

Practicing Spirituality– Download a Spiritual Practices List to Get Started

“You haven’t practiced, have you?” I can still hear Mrs. Baumann’s stern voice, calling me to task for showing up unprepared for my weekly piano lesson. After reprimanding me for wasting her time and...Read more

Catholic Reflections: Forgive to Forget

“Forgive and forget.” Anyone who has labored with a massive load of hurt and injury understand how difficult this advice is. How does one forget sustained abuse, genocide, or the denial of one’s very...Read more

Reflections from the Road: Meeting with Catholic Catechists & Pastoral Ministers

I had six days at home this past month. Some were only a few hours in length – enough time to do a load of laundry, repack my bags, and then set off again. I crisscrossed the country, going from...Read more

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,...Read more

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. Read more

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...Read more

Praying the “O Antiphons”

The “O Antiphons” are a tradition of prayer during a period of time known as the Octave of Advent. Thus, they begin on December 17th and continue through the 23rd. The seven antiphons are...Read more

Catechetical Sunday: Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person

This year’s Catechetical Sunday theme calls for something daunting – that is, to safeguard the dignity of every human person. Since the latest global census figures place the world’s population at...Read more

Making a Spiritual Retreat

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Mark 6:31 I remember my first spiritual retreat vividly. After taking a year off from college I was ready to return with renewed...Read more

Starting a New School Year

As a child, I approached the end of August with mixed emotions. I hated to see summer end and had little enthusiasm for resuming the homework routine. I did, however, anticipate the start of a school...Read more

Mountaintop Spirituality

There is nothing like a trip into the Colorado Rockies to clear the mind. My husband, Ron, ran a half marathon in Vail this past weekend, and I went along as his companion and cheerleader. This is...Read more

Remembering Creation

“I arise today, through The strength of heaven, The light of the sun, The radiance of the moon, The splendor of fire, Read more

Papal Encyclical on Climate Change- Living Simply

Our house is a wreck. Boxes are everywhere and furniture is in complete disarray. Relocating to a new house should be old hat by now since this is the sixteenth move Ron and I have made since our...Read more

The Joy of Catechesis

One of my fondest memories as a catechist and Catholic school teacher involves “Duane”, an imaginative child in my second grade class. I recall the day he sat on the floor by my desk long after the...Read more

Forgiving Ourselves

One of the best lessons I learned about forgiveness came from a juggler. Several years ago, while preparing to give a talk on time management, I interviewed a juggler about his ability to keep so...Read more

Front Porch Moments

One of the best things about summer is my morning time on our front porch. It’s where I head first thing with my journal, a glass of orange juice, and some meditative reading. The sound of birds and...Read more

From Holidays to Holy Days

Holidays at our house were occasions of fun and festivity. One of my favorites was the Fourth of July. Eating on the back porch and watching the fireworks set off by a neighboring country club made...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Creativity

“How many of you are creative?” The question generally draws only a smattering of positive responses at one of my women’s retreats. Those answering yes typically describe their talent for art or...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Moments of Reverence

I read a newspaper article the other day about how a Compline service in a large urban cathedral was attracting a large number of young adults. They come with pillows and blankets and sit or lie on...Read more

The Song of Grace

“Amazing Grace.” Google these words and 142,000,000 results pop up! This beloved hymn has inspired movies, plays, television shows, and a musical, books and essays, prayers and reflections, and even...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Roadside Service

I am still decompressing after a lengthy trip to the East Coast. Traveling for ten days and offering seven presentations in four states was, needless to say, a bit taxing. Upon reflection, however, I...Read more

Ash Wednesday

On my neighborhood’s Facebook page, tucked amid notices about road closings and queries about handymen and window cleaners, was a post that stopped my heart. Four local high school students committed...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: The Gift of Reflection

Some people start their day with coffee and the newspaper. Mine begins with orange juice and my journal. The cat is usually waiting for me to settle into my favorite chair. She then nestles beside me...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: The Grace of Stewardship

A few years ago, while serving on a parish staff, I was asked to speak at the weekend Masses on the theme of stewardship. Just as I was heading to the lectern, I heard someone mutter, “Here comes the...Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Respecting All Life

Each of my pregnancies were times of wonder, but nothing surpassed the first. Facing the prospect of motherhood was both fascinating and daunting. The latter wasn’t helped by being so far from home....Read more

Catholic Virtues Series: Hospitality and Welcome

My brother likes to joke about how many people my mother could feed with a single package of deli meat. Sandwiches might have been thin, but everyone ate. If there is a single word to sum up my...Read more

Catholic Virtue Series: The Faces of Caring

“Where have you been?” Those words always stopped me in my tracks when trying to sneak past my parents’ bedroom after a too-late night. I had to come up with a feasible explanation, something...Read more

A New Year of Favor

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. Since most of them tend to fade into memory by the beginning of February, they seem a bit pointless. A recent encounter with a former coworker...Read more

Catholic Virtue Series: Quiet Fortitude


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