“The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “…the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels.” John Paul II, in a General Audience, reminds us that the name of each Archangel reflects a facet of the nature of God. St. Michael’s name means ‘Who is like God?,’ St. Gabriel’s ‘power of God,’ and St. Raphael’s ‘God heals.’ To angels, God has entrusted a special mission with human beings at the center.”
“UEvangelize was born out of a desire to provide the committed missionary disciple with a community and a plan to help them change the world. We are here to share with you the tools, strategies and support necessary to successfully share your Faith with the world.”
“The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.” There is a Five-Step Daily Examen that provides a beautiful way to enter thankful reflection on where God is in your everyday life. There is also an app – Reimagining the Examen App.
“Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God (Jn 17:3). What are the ways? In how many different ways can we know God, and thus know eternal life? When I take an inventory, I find twelve.” Dr. Peter Kreeft is an apologetic. This link takes you to his website and other writings by him. It is worth browsing!
“Let us now devote our attention to the Apostolic Fathers, that is, to the first and second generations in the Church subsequent to the Apostles. And thus, we can see where the Church's journey begins in history.” Pope Benedict XVI begins this series with St Clement, Bishop of Rome.
“St. Bonaventure, known as the Seraphic Doctor, teaches us about mystical or contemplative prayer in the Holy Spirit who enkindles within us a raging fire and carries the soul to God with intense fervor and glowing love.”
“For over 20 years members of the Coming Home Network have stayed connected via the CHNewsletter, sharing their stories, learning about the Catholic faith, assisting men and women on the journey to Catholicism, and praying together for Christian unity.” I enjoy reading about stories of conversion – they strengthen my own faith!
“As a help to the reader, the Catechism itself provides a very brief overview of its contents and organization in Sections IV and V (## 11-22) of the Prologue. You can read the work at your own pace and according to your own inclinations. But there are several reading plans that spread the reading out over the course of a year.” I really like the language in the Catechism and love how it moves me towards prayer. I find it points to a wonderful spirituality sometimes lost in Catholic formation.
"A 1994 survey in Switzerland found that the religious practice of the father decides the future attendance habits (or absence) of the children. According to the survey findings, if both parents regularly attend religious services then 33% of their children will be regular churchgoers for life, 41% will attend irregularly and 25% will stop practicing their faith."
“Follow a carefully designed reading plan that will serve you the right parts of Scripture, at the right pace, and at the right time. Some of these plans alternate between Old and New Testament readings, while some also intersperse the Psalms throughout the year to add variation.” I’ve downloaded Read the Bible and the Catechism in One Year – and love it!