This heartbreaking report on the position of Christians in Somalia is a poignant reminder of the reality of persecution today.
Word of Fire Ministries offers an excellent reflection on the popular perception of Exorcisms, as demonstrated through film and television, and compare and contrasts it to what we actually believe and teach as a Church.
The Catholic Initiatives Project of the American Bible Society has produced a study guide for reading the Gospel of Matthew in both English and Spanish. They are free to duplicate and use and can be found at
They are designed to be used by an individual who is engaged in an individual reading of the Gospel of Matthew and provide a bit of structure and framework to assist such an individual in making through the Gospel without getting lost or bogged down.
Particularly as the new liturgical year begins next month and we return to Cycle A of the Sunday Lectionary with its emphasis on the Gospel of Matthew, this might be a valuable free resource to make available to interested persons. Additionally, it could be provided to those already engaged in adult sacramental preparation programs or other adult faith formation programs as a supplemental resource.
If you have any questions regarding these resources, please contact Dr. Mike Carotta, Senior Manager, Catholic Initiatives at the American Bible Society (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our frequent collaborator Joe Paprocki reacts to a CARA study that shows that the decision to leave the practice of organized religion can occur as young as age 10. He gives a 4 point plan of what we ought to be doing in response.
Our friend Jonathan Sullivan led a webinar yesterday on 5 things parents should know about keeping their kids Catholic. The 30-minute video is available free of charge. It is worth viewing and sharing with the parents of the children and youth in your catechetical programs.
One way of observing Advent that has grown in popularity in recent years is the Jesse Tree. Our friend Joe Paprocki has some free resources to assist catechetical leaders who might want to do this in their parish.
As the first Jesuit pope in history, it is illuminating to read what Pope Francis had to say to the leadership of the community in which he himself was formed and from which he came regarding his perceptions on where they should be heading.
In today’s General Audience Pope Francis told a story about the way in which, if one is open, a personal encounter can be transformative and that which was once “smelly” can become “perfume”.
A powerful and useful reflection and reminder that those who are engaged in ecclesial ministry (whether ordained or lay) are supposed to be exercising that ministry to support those who are engaged in the world.
Having observed World Mission Sunday a few days ago, it is worth recalling that not all international missionaries originate out of Europe or North America. This remarkable woman’s journey is a case in point.