Jen’s community bulletin board for March 2011
Since you said it was helpful last time, I thought I’d do another community bulletin board post where I highlight products, services and charities that people have asked me to mention (or, in some cases, that I’ve discovered on my own).
A couple of time-sensitive items:
- Go vote for my friends at the National Catholic Register in About.com’s Best Catholic Newspaper awards! (It’s so easy — all you have to do is click on the link next to their name at the bottom of the page).
- Ladies, don’t forget that the Faith & Family Live Mom’s Day Away is coming to Boston on April 2! Click here for tickets and more information. Hope to see you there!
I received the most gorgeous print in the mail from artist Jude Landry! It looks so good hanging in my office — it’s like something that those stylish people who know about art and design have in their homes. And the image is of the Holy Family, so it’s inspiring too! His wife included a sweet note explaining that he’s selling his artwork to help support his young family, so all proceeds go to that good cause. Go check out his online store!
A reader named Catherine left a comment telling me about the excellent work that the Servants of the Lord are doing in the Philippines. Catherine writes:
This is a bit personal because it’s the work my best friend Sr. Manaoag does today…She is still in formation today, and writes to me every so often about her classes and the sisters’ apostolate (and relationship) with the poorest communities in the area. The work they do is amazing.
A few months ago, her mother superior sent me a PowerPoint of their summer program for the inner-city children, and it made me cry to see Mass being held reverently in a shack, and several scantily-clad children role-playing the lives of the saints with smiles on their faces. Crazy. Some days when I feel discouraged in preparing programs for our little suburban parish youth group, I think of my friend and remind myself that there is ALWAYS more I should be able to do.
What a great ministry. You can find out more about them here.
Dorian Speed is so clever. I guess you have to be if you have an awesome name like Dorian Speed. Anyway, she’s created an excellent series of videos called 90-Second Scripture Shorts in which she profiles people from the Bible in — you guessed it — 90 seconds. Here’s an example:
Speaking of clever people, Eric Sammons really came up with something interesting with his new book: it’s called Who is Jesus Christ?: Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew. In the book Eric examines each of the different names Jesus is given in the Gospel of Matthew — e.g. Man, Rabbi, Ghost, Carpenter’s Son, Son of David, etc. — and ruminates on what we can learn from each of these titles. Great concept, great book. (Also, don’t miss Eric’s blog, which is one of my favorites.)
Yet another cool app for the iPhone: The Scriptural Rosary. To help you keep focused on each mystery, this program will show you a different verse of Scripture for each Hail Mary. If I had an iPhone, I’d definitely get this!
This site is sort of like Post Secret, but for good deeds. It’s inspiring to read through all the short, anonymous tales of people taking action to make the world a better place. Go check it out if you need a little lift today!
I got a beautiful necklace featuring my patron for the year, St. Francis de Sales, from Axis Mundi Designs, a mom-owned Etsy shop. Her jewelry is as colorful and gorgeous as it is inspiring. She offers earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more — and it’s all gorgeous! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this one for the next time I need a great gift.
(UPDATE: I wore my St. Francis de Sales necklace when I was speaking at the Behold Conference this weekend, and I lost count of how many people asked me about it. Everyone was raving about how beautiful it was. I told a bunch of people to check my post today for the link, so if you’re looking for that info, here it is: you can get your own at Axis Mundi Designs!)
This DVD called Bread of Life looks great. From the promo: “This film dynamically presents to you the awesome gift of the Eucharist Christ gave to his Church at the Last Supper. See why the Eucharist is the source and summit of a Christian’s life by hearing these powerful priests speak about the great mystery of the Faith. Explore the beauty of the Mass as a heavenly participation with the angels and saints in offering praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and petition to the one God who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Find out more here.
I’m out of time for this round, but I’ll highlight more great stuff next time! Hope this was helpful.