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Franciscan University has produced a prodigious amount of material over the years that can help you be a better catechist. Here, you will find videos, audio clips, magazines, books, brochures, and other resources produced by University faculty, conference speakers, and an array of collaborators. We are pleased to make much of it available for free, with a handful of items requiring a subscription or purchase.
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Barbara A. Morgan
**This playlist includes two audio files. Please be sure to listen to both audio files to hear the talk in its entirety** St. Therese of Lisieux joyfully exulted that, “If the Church was a body composed of different members, it couldn't lack the noblest of all; it must have a Heart, and a Heart BURNING WITH LOVE. And I realized that this love alone was the true motive force which enabled the other members of the Church to act; if it ceased to function, the Apostles would forget to preach the gospel, the Martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. LOVE, IN FACT, IS THE VOCATION WHICH INCLUDES ALL OTHERS; IT'S A UNIVERSE OF ITS OWN, COMPRISING ALL TIME AND SPACE - IT'S ETERNAL!” (CCC 826, emphasis in original). We know that this love is the golden thread that binds all we believe, it is the aching in the hearts of those who knock on the door of the Church. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us truth to speak in gentleness and clarity, as well as the life-giving concern that reaches out sacrificially, generously to broken souls around us. It is the love that makes us adopted sons and daughters instead of beggars at the door. It is our beginning and our gifted destiny. It is why St. Augustine wrote; “our hearts are restless, until they rest in You.” This workshop delves into the vital nature of the love of brethren that is to be the mark of any community calling others to join Christ’s Body.
Audio (Free)
Barbara A. Morgan
Throughout the generations, the Word of God has been handed on as a precious jewel. The Church has guarded this Deposit of Faith so that the saving message of hope might shine out for all to see. Now it is up to us. It is our turn to hand on this jewel, unscathed. It is up to us to catechize, continuing the unbroken chain of passing on the faith throughout the ages. The term catechesis comes from two Greek words meaning, “to echo down,” reflecting the call to us to “echo down,” to hand on, the whole of the faith in its saving fullness. This Deposit of Faith is summed up for our times in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We will look at this important teaching tool for catechesis in this workshop, to discover how we, too, can effectively pass on the precious deposit of Christian teaching. And in learning how to do this, we are able to insert our own name into St. Paul’s exhortation, “O catechist, guard what has been entrusted to you.”
Audio (Free)
Barbara A. Morgan
In this workshop, Barbara Morgan gives her own testimony about battling illness and encountering God’s mercy and healing through it all. She takes listeners on a journey to encounter their loving Father and how He cares for each one of us.
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