This week’s featured website is PlugInToChrist.ca. The main aim of this great looking website is “to help youth and young adults to discover their God given gifts and potential as signs of Christ’s presence in the world.” I love both its design and content. It provides youth ministry news, prayers, reflections and liturgical resources. It also offers a virtual retreat for netizens.
This week’s featured short film is “Budding Love”. It is the creation of Michael Tse, a Vancouver Film School student. “Budding Love” is about completely accepting others despite their little imperfections.
Spiritual retreats are moments for reflection, meditation and prayer. While it is ideal to make a spiritual retreat with a spiritual director in a retreat house, it is possible to make one online. Online retreats are designed to facilitate busy people to experience God’s grace in the midst of their hectic lives.
The following is a list of online retreats made especially for the Season of Lent. All you need to do is to follow the guides and resources provide for each day/week. You also need to be solely focused on the One who seeks and invites you to spiritual communion.
LENTEN RADIO RETREAT
Experience a “Radio Retreat” this Lent 2010 with U.S. Catholic bishops. Listen to inspiring words and songs for Sunday Lenten reflection.
ANCC Lenten Retreat
The ANCC (American National Catholic Church) Lenten Retreat offers gospel readings, reflections and action steps for each day of the entire Lenten season. Reflections are written by Fr. Matthew, Deacon Philip and Fr. Jason. Both Frs. Matthew and Jason are members of the Franciscan Community of Mercy.
THE LENTEN SEASON
This site includes both audio and video resources for a lenten retreat online.
This week’s featured website is marriageuniqueforareason.org. The main purpose of the site is to provide catechetical and educational resources on sexual difference and complementarity. The resources include a video, a viewer’s guide and a resource booklet. The project is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage.
This week’s featured short film is “Your Secret”. This colorful and touching short is the work of Jean-Sebastien Monzani. It encourages viewers to do something beautiful, something that will have a positive impact on the self and on other people. It is a very creative piece of work.
This week’s featured short film is “Lightheaded“. Lightheaded is “a journey we take with temperature sensitive candle creatures who sacrifice what they know to become who they are.” This animated film was created by Mike Dacko. It has received numerous international awards.
This week’s roundup includes the announcement of an app which will allow priests to celebrate Mass with an iPad instead of the printed Roman Missal. Another story of note is the endeavor to translate the Bible into 6,909 languages by 2025. The newly-elected president of the Philippines has named a religious brother as his administration’s DepEd (Department of Education) secretary. There is also the story about the unveiling of the world’s tallest Cross of St. Benedict in Peru.
The featured website this week is Catholic Underground and the featured short film is the award-winning “The Danish Poet”.
App for priests to celebrate Mass
AN Italian priest has developed an application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal. The Rev Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said the free application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin.Read more…
Religious brother appointed to state cabinet
The incoming Aquino administration has appointed a religious brother to head a crucial government post. De La Salle University president and Chancellor Brother Armin Luistro will be serving as the government’s secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd). In a statement, De La Salle said Luistro accepted the task with the permission of the university’s stakeholders. Read more…
People Must Know the Church Loves Them
When people doubt whether the church really loves them, they do not listen to her teachings. This was part of a message delivered by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the senior Vatican official for the global Pontifical Council for Social Communications. In two separate talks given June 4 at the Catholic Media Convention in New Orleans, he urged Catholic reporters, editors and other communicators to help create a space where the world can encounter the truths of the church without feeling condemned or denounced. Read more…
The Catholic Underground, Inc. is so named after some Germans dubbed a short lived comic drawn by Father Chris Decker part of the “catholic underground.” From that point forward (around 2001), the name stuck although catholicunderground.com went through a number of revisions and never actually appeared live on the web. Ideas originally included a network for priests to communicate, a repository of Catholic knowledge, an e-zine, and most recently, a simple blogging community.
Can we trace the chain of events that leads to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter?
The narrator of The Danish Poet considers these questions as we follow Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer, Sigrid Undset. As Kasper’s quest for inspiration unfolds, it appears that a spell of bad weather, an angry dog, slippery barn planks, a careless postman, hungry goats and other seemingly unrelated factors might play important roles in the big scheme of things after all.
The Catholic Church in the Philippines has just launched a website (clergycongress2.org) to provide up-to-date information about the Second National Congress of the Clergy which will be held from 25-29 January 2010 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Around 6,000 priests and bishops from all over the country are expected to attend the event. Papal Preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamesa, OFM Cap will be the Spiritual Retreat Preacher of the Congress.
The new website includes videos, news and links to podcasts and to other relevant sites and resources. I’ve heard that there are plans to livestream the Clergy Congress, so it is best to bookmark the site now so you don’t have to look for it when you need to watch the events unfold this January. The site is powered by WordPress, a Free/Open-Source content management system.