Resources

 

Contents

About Adoremus - Click Here

What is "The American Catholic?" - Click here

Catholic Spiritual Direction - Click here

Crisis Magazine - Click here

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty - Click here1

About.com: Catholicism - Click here

Catholic Answers - click here

The Catholic League - Click here

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment - Click here

The New Theological Movement - Click here

 

Part of the New Evangelization is the use of the new forms of communication.  The benefit to each of us is the many resources available on the internet to enrich our spiritual lives. As we enter into the time of Lent it is a good time to check out these resources to see if any of them fit our style. Every effort has been made to ensure that these are valid Roman Catholics sites acceptable to our Bishops.

 

 

About Adoremus - Click Here

Mission Statement

I. Statement of Mission, Goals and Principles

1. Adoremus - Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy is an association of Catholics established on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul 1995, to promote authentic reform of the Liturgy of the Roman Rite.

 

2. The mission of Adoremus is to rediscover and restore the beauty, the holiness, the power of the Church's rich liturgical tradition while remaining faithful to an organic, living process of renewal. The purpose of such a renewal cannot be stated more eloquently than this statement by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: “Christian Liturgy is cosmic Liturgy, as Saint Paul tells us in the Letter to the Philippians. It must never renounce this dignity, however attractive it may seem to work with small groups and construct homemade liturgies. What is exciting about Christian Liturgy is that it lifts us up out of our narrow sphere and lets us share in the Truth. The aim of all liturgical renewal must be to bring to light this liberating greatness.”-- Feast of Faith

 

 

What is "The American Catholic?" - Click here

The American Catholic is an online community of Christians, motivated by a rich heritage of Catholic spiritual and intellectual tradition, seeking to engage American society and culture in pursuit of the common good. Following the Second Vatican Council’s ecclesial call for greater Christian witness in contemporary society, we are dedicated to the renewal and “Christian animation of the temporal order.” We are all deeply inspired by our Catholic faith and seek authentic sacramental lives centered upon the “broken bread” of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life.

 

 

Catholic Spiritual Direction - Click here

 

About Us: The purpose of this site and related resources is to serve you in your journey to and with God. If you are like many Catholics who desire a deeper relationship with Christ and His church, you have probably discovered that the paths to pursuing that relationship are not always clearly illuminated. Thus this humble effort. Our desire is bring greater light to His path and to serve you in your search for greater depth in Him.

 

That said, no blog, book, or retreat can take the place of healthy Spiritual Direction. Instead, these tools help us form healthy perspectives and improve our opportunities to grow in faith and to participate in the important work of our journey to God.

What you will find here:

*       Questions and Answers about Spiritual Direction

*       Perspective on Spiritual Direction

*       Perspective on Prayer and other Matters Relating to Our Spiritual Growth

*       Book and Resource Reviews

*       Links to Resources for Further Spiritual Development

Read more: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/about#ixzz1lo7pgTvv

 

 

Crisis Magazine - Click here

 

Crisis Magazine is an educational apostolate that uses media and technology to bring the genius of Catholicism to business, politics, culture, and family life. Our approach is oriented toward the practical solutions our faith offers — in other words, actionable Catholicism.

Our mission is three-fold:

*       To equip Catholics with the life- and culture-renewing wisdom of our ancient faith.

*       To engage and evangelize non-Catholics of goodwill.

*       To defend the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

*       We believe that the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ not only to serve as the ark of salvation, but also to act as the channel of God’s transformative grace in the world.

*       We believe that, as beings created in the image of God, we are part of a vast and growing human family spread across history. We remain in solidarity with our brothers and sisters through our common, eternal faith.

*       We believe that all human rights flow out of the first — the right of every human being to his or her own life — and that it’s the moral obligation of all people, nations, and economies to protect life.

*       We believe that the principles of Catholic Social Teaching — the universal destination of goods, private property, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good — are best achieved through democratic capitalism.

*       We believe that the principles of Catholic Social Teaching are morally right, positively beneficial, and encourage the pursuit of business and economic success.

*       We believe it’s the role of the family and intermediate institutions — churches, charities, local communities, and social organizations — and not the state, to create culture and teach morality.

*       We believe that what is good in our culture, including popular culture, should be both encouraged and enjoyed, whether its origin is secular or religious.

 

 

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty - Click here

Our Mission

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all faiths. The Becket Fund exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three arenas-the courts of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy-both in the United States and abroad

 

 

About.com: Catholicism - Click here

The Basics of Catholicism

Learn about the basics of the Catholic Faith. What does the Catholic Church teach about the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the role of the Catholic Church, the seven Sacraments, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, the Virgin Mary, and the saints? Discover basic Catholic prayers and practices, and begin to learn more about Catholicism!

 

 

Catholic Answers - click here

MISSION STATEMENT

Catholic Answers is one of the nation's largest lay-run apostolates of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Its mission statement explains its purpose:

Catholic Answers is an apostolate dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world. We help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics "home," and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith.

 

VISION

Catholic Answers is one of the nation's largest lay-run apostolates of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Catholic Answers' plan for the future will allow the apostolate to continue its ministries, both in ongoing operations and also with special projects to address new issues as they arise.

In the upcoming year, we will continue to strive to be faithful servants to God and his Church. To accomplish this, our focus will be to:

*       Continue to seek improvements and efficiencies in our existing operations

*       Develop new campaigns to address important topical issues as they arise

*       Help good Catholics become better Catholics

*       Help bring former Catholics "home"

*       Help lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith

*       Continue as good stewards to the financial resources entrusted to us by our supporters.

 

 

The Catholic League - Click here

What is the Catholic League?

The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics - lay and clergy alike - to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.

 

Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened. The Catholic League is listed in the Official Catholic Directory and has won the plaudits of many bishops.

 

Is the Catholic League Necessary?

Absolutely. Harvard professor Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. once observed that prejudice against the Catholic Church was "the deepest bias in the history of the American people." Mount Holyoke College professor Peter Viereck commented that "Catholic baiting is the anti-Semitism of the liberals."

 

And today's brand of anti-Catholicism is more virulent and more pervasive than ever before in American history. While it is true that Catholics as individuals have made progress in securing their rights, the degree of hostility exhibited against the Catholic Church is appalling. Quite simply, Catholic bashing has become a staple of American society.

 

 

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment - Click here

 

About NCHLA

In the great civil rights struggle to secure the right to life for all, Archbishop John Roach, testifying on behalf of the Catholic Bishops, expressed the guiding vision: "We are committed to full legal recognition of the right to life of the unborn child, and will not rest in our efforts until society respects the inherent worth and dignity of every member of the human race."

November 5, 1981 Statement before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution

 

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment is dedicated to pursuing this vision. The organization's objectives include educating citizens, developing pro-life legislative networks, and offering programs in support of pro-life legislation. Among its various activities, NCHLA produces educational and program resources, communicates with leaders about legislative priorities, and presents legislative seminars throughout the year. In a special way, NCHLA assists dioceses, state Catholic conferences, and Catholic lay groups. The Committee also works closely with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 

 

The New Theological Movement - Click here

 

Friends of the New Theological Movement,

 

There has been much written, and rightly so, since the beginning of Benedict XVI's Pontificate about the "hermeneutic of continuity" with respect to the Sacred Liturgy. The consequence of continuity cannot be understated for the life of the Church not only in the liturgy but also in doctrine and theology. Theology and liturgy are inseparable because they both inform and enrich each other as the lex orandi, lex credendi of the Church.

 

(There is a Latin maxim that addresses the centrality of worship in the life, identity and mission of the Church; "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi". The phrase in Latin literally means the law of prayer ("the way we worship"), and the law of belief ("what we believe"). It is sometimes written as, "lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi", further deepening the implications of this truth - how we worship reflects what we believe and determines how we will live. The law of prayer or worship is the law of life. Or, even more popularly rendered, as we worship, so will we live. and as we worship, so will we become!)

 

In response to the Holy Father's request that priests make full and responsible use of the modern means of communication, the New Theological Movement was created. First, however, the words of the Holy Father: "Responding adequately to this challenge amid today's cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul's exclamation: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" (1 Cor 9:16) The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts. Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word... Using new communication technologies, priests can introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ. They will best achieve this aim if they learn, from the time of their formation, how to use these technologies in a competent and appropriate way, shaped by sound theological insights and reflecting a strong priestly spirituality grounded in constant dialogue with the Lord. Yet priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ. This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a "soul" to the fabric of communications that makes up the "Web"

- Benedict XVI, 44th World Day of Communications