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A Concord Pastor Comments

A priest for the Archdiocese of Boston, Fr. Austin Fleming pastors Holy Family Parish in Concord, MA. His blog, begun in 2007, features daily reflections, prayers, poems, visual inspirations, his distinctive Sunday homilies and a once-weekly text message from God. The subtitle of the blog is “On Spirituality, Worship and Prayer in the Roman Catholic Tradition.”

Macrina Wiederkehr

“When someone asks where I’m from and who I am, this is how I like to introduce myself:  I come from the meadows, vineyards and forests of Altus, Arkansas.  The country is a cherished memory of what I call first home.  My childhood companions were animals, birds, insects, trees, plants, wild flowers and angels.  My second home is with my Benedictine community of sisters, St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  In addition to writing, part of my ministry is leading retreats.  In my retreats I attempt to draw you to the window of your soul.  I invite you to look through that window, see the gifts you have been given, recognize your potential to assist in the healing of our world, and become involved in a process I call deep listening.

Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Mary Southard, CSJ

Sr. Mary Southard is a life-adventurer fascinated by the wonder and creativity of the cosmos, most especially our Earth. Her unique art explores the great gift of existence with all its beauty and longing, its passion and mystery.  Mary entered the convent in her late teens and became a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ) in 1954. Her love of art began to unfold in high school, and bloomed as she went on to earn a B.A. in Art from Dominican University and an M.A. in Art from the University of Notre Dame.  Mary is also an experienced educator, retreat director, and spiritual companion. She delights in being with others as they awaken to new dimensions of their creativity.

Sacred Space

It might seem strange to pray at your computer, in front of a screen or using your smartphone, especially if there are other people around you, or distracting noises. But God is everywhere, all around us, constantly reaching out to us, even in the most unlikely situations. When we know this, and with a bit of practice, we can pray anywhere! We offer the pages of the site to guide you through a session of prayer, in six stages, including preparing your body and mind, and culminating in reflection on a scripture passage chosen specially for the day

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.

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey was founded in 1954 by Benet Lake Abbey, Wisconsin.  Both of these monasteries belong to the family of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation which is part of the world-wide Benedictine Confederation.  Benedictine monasticism takes its roots in the life of Saint Benedict (480-547 A.D.), patriarch of western monasticism and has flourished in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.  The life of a monastery centers on prayer and contemplation but also practices hospitality to its many guests.  Today Benedictines conduct universities, high schools, hospitals, retreat houses and centers of culture, learning and holiness.  They are known for their liturgical expertise in the chanting of the Divine Office many times each day.

Spiritual Resources from the Academic Arena

St. Louis University, Liturgy

Offers week by week in-depth consideration of the Sunday liturgy, including multiple reflections on the readings, spirituality, music, general intercessions.  Contributors include John F. Foley, SJ, Ronald Rolheiser, Anne Osdieck, John Kavanaugh, SJ.

Ignatian Spirituality

IgnatianSpirituality.com ® is a service of Loyola Press, a ministry of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It offers information on and experiences of Ignatian spirituality from Jesuit and Ignatian sources around the world.  IgnatianSpirituality.com serves all audiences—the curious, the knowledgeable, and the expert.

Creighton University, Online Ministries

Fr. Andy Alexander S.J., co-founder of the website writes:  “When Maureen McCann Waldron and I started the Online Ministries web site, we developed it to support our own faculty and staff, for their nourishment, so that they could contribute to our Catholic and Jesuit mission. We started with a group of faculty and staff whom we invited to write daily reflections on the daily Scripture readings. When we started getting feedback around the world, we realized how helpful this was to hungry people everywhere, and how powerful the web was becoming.

Religious Organizations

U S Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place.

USCCB—New American Bible

The entire Bible is available online, searchable by names of the books.  Also available:  the Readings of the Day from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States. You can watch a video reflection by clicking on a button, read the daily readings by clicking a day in the calendar, listen to the daily readings podcasts, and find more information on the New American Bible.

Spiritual Directors International

Spiritual Directors International is an inclusive, global learning community of people from many faiths and many nations who share a common passion and commitment to the art and contemplative practice of spiritual direction, known as spiritual companionship, spiritual guidance, anam cara in Gaelic, and mashpiah in Hebrew.  For more than twenty-five years, SDI has served this community through educational events, publications, and outreach programs, helping people connect with one another and with the Sacred. As a registered nonprofit charity, our mission is to tend the holy around the world and across traditions.

U.S. Federation Sisters of St. Joseph

The Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is a dynamic union of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in the foundation at Le Puy, France in 1650. This includes 4203 sisters, 3032 associates and 25 agrégées of 16 Congregations throughout the United States.  Mission:  The US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph embraces the Gospel Charism of unifying love for the healing and transformation of the world.  Values:  The US Federation is grounded in the following values:  Love of God and neighbor without distinction, from whom we do not separate ourselves; Prayer, contemplation and discernment that lead to courageous action; Responsiveness to the needs of the world and oneness with creation; Unity forged through respect, appreciation of diversity and collaboration.

Spirituality, the Church and the World

America Magazine

The Jesuits’ flagship magazine is the leading Catholic journal of opinion in the United States. First published in 1909, America magazine is known across the Catholic world for its unique brand of opinion and analysis. From theology and spirituality to politics, international relations, arts and letters, and the economy and social justice, America’s coverage spans the globe. We tell the stories that matter most to the church and the world.

Commonweal

Commonweal’s mission is to provide a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture.  Read by a passionate audience of educated, committed Catholics, as well as readers from many other faith traditions, Commonweal presents well-argued, respectful points of view from across the ideological spectrum.  In an often contentiously divided Catholic Church and secular culture, its status as an independent journal of opinion encourages conversations that can be difficult in other settings.  It is edited by Catholic laypeople and published by the nonprofit Commonweal Foundation.