"Any one thinking of the Holy Child as born in December would mean by it exactly what we mean by it; that Christ is not merely a summer sun of the prosperous but a winter fire for the unfortunate." - The New Jerusalem, Ch. 5

HELP! It’s the third week of Advent and I’m not prepared!

Have you gotten lost in the commercialism of the season only to be disappointed and depressed with your choices? I am embarassed to say that I have. There is hope however! I have found a few good resources to help me find the spirit of Christmas. Whether I am on the go or find a moment at home to surf the net, these resources have helped me re-focus my thoughts and actions on the true reason for the season.
A fitting podcast titled “Affluenza” by Nick and Pat Padley of InBetweenSundays.com on the commercialism of Christmas.
BustedHalo: A fun interactive Advent Calendar AND the chance to win prizes.
CatholicMom: Great Advent activities for the whole family.

Bringing "Pope2You" to You!

On May 24, 2009 we celebrated the 43rd World Communications Day. The Vatican unveiled Pope2You . A website bringing together all of the online presences of the Pope to one convenient location.
Do you know the Pope has a presence on Facebook? Pope2You on Facebook allows you to send various virtual postcards to friends and family. These virtual postcards include wonderful pictures of the Pope and his messages of hope. With Pope2You, you can e-mail or download Pope Benedict, XVI message for the 43rd World Communications Day. Or, click on Wiki-Cath and have an interactive study of this message. You can even keep up to date with the Pope on your iPhone with H2Onews. If your like me and don't have the iPhone or iPod touch you can always keep up with the Pope on YouTube.
These are just a few of the methods the Vatican is using technology to evangelize to the faithful. I guess that would make the Pope not only the chief pastor of the whole Church, but also the chief TECH-vangelist.


Another cool ongoing project of the Vatican: St. John Lateran Virtual Tour . Please visit Catholic News Service for the full article.

Love of texting!

Love of God. Love of texting. Love of neighbor. Which one of these is not a virtue? Perhaps we should first define virtue. Virtue, (as defined by CatholicReference.net) is a good habit that enables a person to act according to right reason enlightened by faith. Also called an operative good habit, it makes its possessor a good person and his or her actions also good.

Does texting, instant messaging and chatting allow opportunities for people to demonstrate goodness? Yes! Texting, chatting, and instant messaging provide opportunities for people to demonstrate their goodness therefore an opportunity to be virtuous. But, are we?

Being one of virtue is not something we do sometimes but rather it is habitual. Being virtuous is something that is demonstrated in every aspect of our lives and is evident in all that we do especially when nobody is looking.

These various new ways that we communicate are wonderful ways to nurture and strengthen relationships when used virtuously. Though I wouldn't go so far as to say that "love of texting" is a virtue, but it is yet another way we need to use our talents to glorify God.


See textetiquette.com for some general "Do's" and "Dont's" of texting.
Share your thoughts on texting and how it has affected your relationships.
For example: An out of town friend of mine knew I was dealing with some pretty difficult things and sent me simple greetings of encouragement and prayer. This was so uplifting and helpful during this difficult time. I was not expected to reply back and I didn't have to perpetuate the struggles I was dealing with by conversing about it. Rather, she gave me the space and freedom to deal with my struggles while letting me know that she was available if I needed. I would say she is a great example of textvangelizing!

Take your faith where ever you go!

Check out these cool links for some awesome faith filled resources!
OliveTree - Bible Reader App

Catholic Apps for the iphone - A video of some great catholic apps.

PodTrapper - Listen to Podcasts on your blackberry
Just a few of my favorite podcasts.
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