Teacher Spirituality Links

Afterhours Inspirational Stories

This web site has many different feel good stories. Topics include; love, compassion,
work, friendship, success and life. This web site reminds me of the ‘chicken soup’
phenomena. This would be good for students to explore and it also provides them with
the option to write and share their own inspirational stories. This web site can be used
with both elementary and secondary aged students. –B.P

American Catholic Saint of the Day

This site provides information on the Saints of each day. I feel that students would it very interesting to learn about someone new everyday. I think this is a great resource for teachers.–Angela Kisel

Beliefnet – Prayer of the Day

This website offers a daily prayer, and access to many different prayers.  With a variety of sections available, viewers may choose prayers by religion (great for when teaching about World Religions), by milestons/moments in life, by needs, or from a general category. The site also has links to other resources and religious articles. –Bernadette Stamegna

A Burning and Shining Lamp: The Role of the Teacher in the Catholic School

Second in a series of pastoral letters from the Bishops of Alberta on Catholic Education

Contemplative Outreach

Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community.

Get Fed

This site provides poems and short articles on all sorts of topics from Angels to Understanding. It is easily accessible, and the wide range of topics could be used to integrate Language with other areas of the curriculum. As well, teachers might find many poems that they would like to have posted in their classrooms, or use for faith celebrations in class or with staff. Its main feature is poetry, though it does have some short articles- -The Parables for Modern Academia being a good one that students could relate to. — Debbie Mayos

Gini Shimabukuro: Toward a Pedagogy Grounded in Christian Spirituality

Church documents, theology, leadership theory, and sociology come together in this article to present a pedagogy for Catholic schools that is deeply rooted in a personal faith and a contemporary understanding of the person. Practical insights into developing a spirituality for teaching are offered.

How to pray the rosary

What can be found: The website contains direction for how to pray the rosary. It also gives an explanation of what each bead represents, and what to do for each bead. This website would be very useful to someone who is teaching young students how to pray the rosary. It will give them some background, and will help with many “why” questions that may arise.–Michael Oyston

Inspirational Sayings, Reflections and Prayers:Appleseeds

This website is excellent! It is a wonderful resource to have. It is filled with inspirational sayings, prayers, proverbs, blessings, stories and more. It is organized by topic and by seasonal festivals. There is so much material here from which to choose. This sight is necessary for teachers, students and parents. Any time you need some motivation in your life, go to this website! — Elisa Sturm

The Mary Page

If you or your students have ever had questions about Mother Mary, this site is for you. It offers insight to frequently asked questions about Mary. It is a site set up my Marian scholars. You can submit your own questions and someone will answer it for you. Some questions and answers include: What do we know about Mary’s life? Which are the Marian feast days? Why does Mary always wear light blue? What do Catholics believe about the virginity of Mary? Why do there seem to be so many Marian apparitions? Why do Catholics pray to Mary? This page is maintained by the Marian Library/International Marian Research institute, Dayton, Ohio. — Leo Tuc

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

At the Monastery of Christ in the Desert there lives a community of monks each of whom and as a community seek to be in union with God. This is a quest to answer the call to holiness that is deeply rooted in biblical faith. God is called the Holy Being par excellence for the biblical God is the only foundation of true holiness as He himself stated: “Be holy, because I am holy” (Lev.11.44, 45; 1 Peter 1:16). Personal holiness for the monk is best sought in the Church, of which the community of this Monastery is a part officially and by its traditions. Accordingly, the monastic community cherishes the Eucharistic encounter with persons where each is accepted, as both other and different. This stands as a living image and model for the world where mutual acceptance is sorely needed regardless of qualifications or disqualifications like sinfulness, morality, sex or age. Everyone is called to be a saint and according to the thought of the ancient Fathers of the Church, such a seeker always needs both the Other and the other.

Nine Major Approved Apparitions

This site summarizes the nine Church approved apparitions of Mary. A brief summary of each apparition is given on the opening page (Perfect for use as a summary handout.) When selected, more specific information is given on each apparition (Excellent for the student that is more interested in particulars.)
Teen students have great interests in miracles. As Catholic teachers we should guide students in making informed decisions about the authenticity of miracles. Part of guidance is information. Thousands of Mary miracle sites exist. Students will benefit knowing that not all miracle sites are authentic. Some possible activities: create a power point presentation on the nine approved apparitions of Mary; select one apparition of Mary and summarize it; show students this site after or before viewing a video on religious miracles.

Our Catholic Faith

This is an informative website that is updated daily with a them and a reading from the Bible and with a personal story of faith. It has many links with sub-headings such as The Church, The Faith, The Teachings, Sacraments, Our Lady,Reference information, Special interest articles, Instrumental Music, Reference Info, Songs and Chants and Helpful Links.–Sandra Corrao

Popular Catholic Prayers

Though this sight is actually a catalogue, it does have all the prayers printed out, how to pray the rosary and fact sheets on various Catholic traditions. — Shannon Lougheed

Retreats On Line

There is a main web page with selections for type of retreat and location. Selection of Christian goes to a page entitled Christian Retreats and Events with a list of places available in five provinces, many states, Ireland, England & Wales. There are links to the individual retreat centre’s web pages and all the information that these provide about their facilities and programs. It also has a link to information on speakers & facilitators and an e-mail address. This is a good website to use if you’re looking for retreat facilities for spiritual refreshment and faith formation. –Pat Cooney

Ron Rolheiser, Speaker, Columnist, and Author

Ronald Rolheiser is a popular Christian writer. His website contains his current column, as well as archived past columns. He writes about a variety of issues from a Christian perspective.Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than fifty newspapers worldwide.–David Eamor

The Rosary Confraternity

This site is useful for anyone who would like to learn more about praying the Rosary. Visitors of this site can browse the information by links or by categories. Some information includes: “About the rosary,” “How to pray the rosary,” as well as a link to a bimonthly newsletter of the Rosary confraternity. It offers graphics that can be printed for use in the classroom. It also plays beautiful religious music, like Ave Maria, as you browse. — Leo Tucci

Sacred Space

A site maintained by the Jesuits in Dublin. This site provides you with daily guidance and scripture. It is offered in different languages and you have the opportunity to pray with the Pope. There is a guide for first timers to help you through a session of prayer. There are six stages to go through: The Presence of God, Freedom, Consciousness, The Word, Conversation and Conclusion
These prayers are produced by modern Jesuit writers. This is a different way way of praying alone or with others and it enlightens you with a new selection of prayers. — D.Brunet

Therese Of Lisieux: Mystic Of The Ordinary

Article About St. Therese by Margaret Dorgan

A Treasure of 3569, Prayers

This website contains meaningful prayers listed in alphabetical order. Catholic Doors Ministry states that this website contains the largest Internet collection of Catholic prayers. It has an extensive repertoire of prayers, blessings, chaplets, novenas, litanies, and prayers of the popes. There is also a popular and beautifully written section on “How to Pray”. Using an analogy of a flower, this comprehensive section takes you through the many stages of prayer to help enrich your spiritual life. — G. Aranha

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