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Teen Retreats: A Path through the Wilderness [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Teen Retreats: A Path through the Wilderness Julie A. Collins The intense God-experience of a retreat may be among the most effective ways of "passing on the faith." Seek one out for yourself regularly and encourage your children to do the same. You'll be amazed at the miracles that happen there. There's a poignant story told of orphans in World War II "sleeping with bread." Although safe within a refugee center, these children had known so much loss and deprivation that they were too terrified to sleep. How could they believe that they were safe? The solution was stunningly basic: At bedtime each child was given a piece of bread to hold. Like magic, sleep enveloped them. Nourishment would be theirs in the morning. Perhaps life might again be trusted. Comparing the life of 21st-century adolescents with the plight of war orphans may sound farfetched, but given the spiritual landscape that surrounds contemporary teens I think it is apt. I'm also convinced that a welldesigned retreat c...
HAND ON THE FAITH with C21 Resources... [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
HAND ON THE FAITH with C21 Resources... ~ Share this magazine with a family member, friend or member of your church. ~ Contact the C2l Center to add someone to the C 27 Resources subscription mailing list. ~ Recommend articles in this magazine for families at your parish to discuss at home. ~ Request extra copies of the magazine for a high school religious education class. Have students pick an essay and reflect on their own experience growing up in the faith. ~ Create a 6-8 week adult faith formation group. At each meeting share a meal, pray together, and discuss an article from this magazine and a related video webcast. ~ Enjoy the companion themed video webcasts on our website (bc.edu/C2l). ~ Select essays to discuss with your parish staff to generate ideas for ways to improve programmatic efforts to hand on the faith. ~ Use this magazine with your Catholic school faculty throughout the semester. Assign one or two articles to discuss at each faculty meeting. Themes previously cov...
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Service Immersion: Diving Into Deeper Faith [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Service Immersion: Diving Into Deeper Faith Mike Quinn Jesus himself said that by serving others in need, we most readily show our love for God. In fact, how well we reach out to the poor —of whatever kind of poverty —is the defining criterion by which we will be judged. No wonder, then, that a service immersion trip is a privileged place of God's self-disclosure and a powerful medium for "handing on the faith." I could not have asked for a better beginning to my faith journey. My parents, parish priests and nuns, and teachers firmly formed me in the Catholic faith, making sure I went to Mass, attended Catholic school, received the sacraments, read Scripture, and learned Catholic tradition and teaching. They also provided me with the essential example of lived witness to their own faith, guiding me in both word and deed. Indeed, I owe these primary teachers much thanks for showing me the way and starting me off on the right foot. Nonetheless, it was not until I practiced what they p...
My Place at the Table [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
My Place at the Table Allison Cornellsse Likely the most effective catechetical renewal from Vatican II has been the revival of the ancient catechumenate known as the rite of Christian initiation of adults (RCIA). This ancient process of community sponsorships in faith formation has much needed wisdom for our own time. Is it possible to consider joining the Catholic Church without having any questions, any fears, or any doubts? It wasn't possible for me. Thirteen years ago, I stood at a crossroads on my Christian journey I had been married for two years and, upon discovering that we were expecting our first baby, my husband turned to me and said, "I think our family needs to be Catholic." This came as a rather shocking surprise, as his Catholic faith had been sitting in the back seat of our married faith life. We were married in my Protestant hometown parish and were regular members of our local Protestant church. I was as committed as I could be to my Protestant faith yet I, admitt...
Growing in Faith Along the Way: Pilgrimage as Education in Faith [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Growing in Faith Along the Way: Pilgrimage as Education in Faith Patrick Manning When we take a pilgrimage to a sacred place or event, we literally put our bodies on the line in expressing our faith. Apparently, our corporal (not corporate) investment is returned a hundredfold. It is 1:00 a.m. in the Spanish city of Sarria, and everyone from the youngest child to the most senior citizen is out in the streets celebrating. The city is a whirl of lights and sounds. On one main strip, a band fills the night air with music, the crowd below twisting and stomping in rhythm. Amusement park rides spin, jostle, and rush riders to squeals of delight. Fireworks erupt high above, illuminating the faces of the surging crowd below. If you would be surprised to learn that this scene occurred in the middle of a pilgrimage, well, so was I. The pilgrimage that led me through the exultant throng of Sarria that night is known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a centuriesold trail stretching 500 mi...
Instilling Faith: The Power of Religions Symbols [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Instilling Faith: The Power of Religions Symbols Nancy Pineda-Madrid From my earliest childhood memories, I recall my parents and our parish creating a world that deeply fed my active imagination as well as my religious inclination. I was born and spent my early childhood years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and my later childhood and adolescent years in El Paso, Texas. Theological dramas, devotional reminders, and ritual practices all contributed to my formation as a Mexican-American Catholic. Indeed, they may have outweighed my formal instruction in the faith. These practices introduced me to God's active presence in my life and to the many ways in which God's Spirit unceasingly feeds my soul. Theological Dramas Each year our parish marked the Advent season with the reenactment of two dramas, one in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the other entitled La Pastorela or Los Pastores (a shepherd's play). Both took place in our parish church, contributing color, music, story, and s...
How One Jewish Family Hands on Its Faith [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
How One Jewish Family Hands on Its Faith Rabbi Ruth Langer Christians have so much to learn from our Jewish brothers and sisters about handing on the faith through the rituals and practices of family life. In this regard, we may have left too much behind when we parted ways with our parent community of faith —the Jews. I grew up in a nuclear family that strongly identified with Reform Judaism but that was, in day-to-day life, very secular and mostly committed to the life of the mind in a secular sense, to the arts and to liberal politics. This description, though, did not extend to my maternal grandfather, who was an extraordinarily dedicated Reform Jew. He attended every service, and when I was a child, was in the midst of 19 consecutive years as president of our Temple. This was followed by years on the ritual committee until he physically could not attend the meetings anymore. This he combined with a life-long involvement with the national institutions of the Reform movement; in ...
The Window Effect: Music Ministry in Evangelization and Catechesis [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
The Window Effect: Music Ministry in Evangelization and Catechesis Cheryl Finn My husband Chals and I had a miscarriage between our third and fourth children. I remember little about the actual day, but I can remember clearly the choir singing David Haas's song "You Are Mine" that Sunday at communion. I sobbed through most of the song, hearing God's words of loving kindness: "I will come to y0u...1 claim you as my choice...Do not be afraid, I am with you." We sing and play instruments primarily to worship God, and, to our great surprise and delight, we find that God is singing for us as well. Stroll with me for a moment to the days just slightly after Vatican 11. When I think back to those years, I remember the songs from the Novena to St. Francis ("Oh, Father St. Francis, we kneel at thy feet, while blessings and favors we beg and entreat..."), "Lift High the Cross," and"For All the Saints." Now a bit further along the timeline: "They'll Know We Are Christians," "Here We Are," and"...
BOSTON COLLEGE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
BOSTON COLLEGE Touchstones for Preaching A free online video resource designed to help ordained and lay preachers craft engaging homilies and preach effectively. The Touchstones review shaping a homily and cultivating habits needed to compose weekly homilies, as well as preaching on special occasions (e.g., weddings and funerals), to special audiences (e.g., children), and on special topics (e.g., justice). www.bc.edu/preaching A service of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry's C2l Online in partnership with The Church in the 21st Century Center. C2l Online bc.edu/c2lonline firstname.lastname@example.org C2l Center bc.edu/c2l email@example.com
Raising Faithful Catholics in an Imperfect Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
Raising Faithful Catholics in an Imperfect Church Elizabeth Kirkland Cahill There is a well-known (and probably apocryphal) saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Proclaim the Gospel always. If necessary, use words." It is an apt summation of how my husband and I have approached the transmission of faith to our four children, who now range in age from 11 to 19. Although I would like to say we had a master plan, it is not so. We never sat down and mapped out a strategy. We have just tried to live lives of faith as well as we could, which means often imperfectly, and hope that our witness rubs off. As I look back over the past two decades, I can identify four practices we have engaged in to proclaim the Gospel within our own little domestic church. Constancy. Meal after meal, we begin with grace. Night after night, we sit on the side of the bed and say prayers (until the inevitable moment, usually somewhere around the dawn of the teenage years, when we are gently told: "Mom, Dad...
Page 38 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2012
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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
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Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2013
The Church in the 21st Center is a catalyst and a resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church. C2i Resources, a compilation of the best analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today, is published by the Church in the 2ist Century Center at Boston College, in partnership with the publications from which the featured articles have been selected. C2l RESOURCES EDITORIAL BOARD Jonas Barciauskas Ben Birnbaum Thomas H. Groome Fr. Robert Imbelli Thomas J. Massaro, S.J. Robert Newton Barbara Radtke Jacqueline Regan MANAGING EDITOR Karen K. Kiefer THE CHURCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY CENTER BOSTON COLLEGE HO COLLEGE ROAD, HEFFERNAN HOUSE CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS 02467 bc.edu/c2l 617-552-6845 ON THE COVER The sculpture of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus, was created by Pablo Eduardo in 2006, and sits on Higgins green on the Boston College campus. PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Office of Marketing and Communications, Gary Wayne Gilbert