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The Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II

April 17, 2014

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This year, on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Catholic Church will celebrate the canonizations of 2 of our recent popes: John XXIII and John Paul II. To celebrate this upcoming event, Loyola Press is offering resources on the lives of both of these great men and their contributions to the Catholic Church. Click […]

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A Lenten Family Day

March 19, 2014

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Cyndi from Louisville, KY, shares the following. Great job, Cyndi! Hi Joe Just wanted to share how our Sunday Religious Program has used one of your 40 ideas for Lent. We took the Declaration of Dependence you proposed for the class and expanded it to be for the entire program and all the families. At […]

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Help Spread Pope Francis’ Message of Mercy!

March 12, 2014

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The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis (book cover)

Let’s help spread Pope Francis’s message of mercy by getting 100,000 people to order The Church of Mercy by April 25 so that it qualifies as a bestseller! To make that happen, order a copy (and get as many individuals to do the same) through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or your local bookseller. Pope Francis has captured […]

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For My New Jersey and East Coast Friends

March 11, 2014

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Vinita Hampton Wright

Here’s an opportunity for those of you on the East Coast, especially New Jersey: an evening of gratitude, hope, and expanding horizons of mind and heart with my friend, colleague, and fellow-blogger, Vinita Hampton Wright.   You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of faith enrichment. Vinita Hampton Wright, author of Praying […]

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Great New Liturgy Apps!

March 7, 2014

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Here’s some information about some great new Apps on the Liturgy! The first is the My Picture Missal App from Loyola Press. This App, available in the iTunes store at this link: My Picture Missal App, was developed for children with special needs and  for young children. The intent of this interactive app is to help […]

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Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments (A Favorite of Blessed Mother Teresa)

February 15, 2014

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During my Webinar the other night (on my new book Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ), I mentioned a poem that has wrongly been attributed to Blessed Mother Teresa called “Anyway.” Although it was a favorite of Mother Teresa’s and was apparently posted on the wall of her children’s home […]

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Free Lenten PowerPoint!

January 29, 2014

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Continuing my monthly giveaway of free PowerPoint presentations, I am happy to offer you a presentation for Lent! As with the previous PowerPoints, this presentation includes a script (in Note Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of this season. To download the Lent PowerPoint from authorSTREAM, click on […]

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Flameless Advent Tea Lights and 12 inch Wreath

December 16, 2013

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I know it’s a bit late for this year but you might want to order for next year. These are really cool – a set of 4 flameless tea lights with the Advent colors for only $7.50 (and actually now selling at 20% off or $6.00!) at Church Supply Warehouse.         And, […]

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Understanding the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation – Evangelii Gaudium

December 2, 2013

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Pope Francis (hardcover)

By now, I’m sure you know that Pope Francis issued an extraordinary document last week, an Apostolic Exhortation – Evangelii Gaudium (ee-van-JEH-lee-ee GOW-dee-um). If you get a chance to read it on your own, I encourage you to, however, it is rather long. With that in mind, I thought I would give it a good […]

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Simple Tips for Leading a Simple Prayer

October 18, 2013

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Often, I find myself at a gathering of Catholics (usually catechists and/or catechetical leaders) in which someone has been asked to prepare and lead an opening prayer. All TOO often, however, the prayer experience proceeds in the following manner: The leader stands up and says something like, “OK, so, I thought I would share this nice […]

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