Links: Faith Seeking Understanding

Here are some of the promised links for ways to update and grow in your knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and heritage.  This post will be updated, so please keep checking back.

The Vatican Website is the first place to explore. There’s a rich treasury of faith and teaching, history and heritage here. Time spent exploring it will be richly rewarded. It’s not easy to navigate, though, but better than it used to be. Right now, the best thing to read is Pope Francis’ lengthy be rewarding Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Don’t worry, it’s in English.

The most accessible way to follow Pope Francis, and stay up-to-date on his homilies, speeches, interviews, videos and activities is the Vatican News site.

Msgr. Robert Barron, from Chicago, has many video resources available free on the Word on Fire website, in addition to the elegantly done video series, CatholicismNobody opens doors onto the wide world of Catholic faith the way he does. Here’s a very recent sample of his style, reviewing the movie, The Theory of Everything.

Fr. Barron’s latest project is a series on Catholic saints and heroes called Catholicism: Pivotal Players. Check out the site and get on his email list. He’s posting regular on-location videos of the highlights of the production of this series. These are fun and educational in themselves.

Many people ask about Bible study. I think one of the best and most accessible online Bible study programs it was Dr. Bill Creasy’s Logos Bible Study. I find the site itself difficult to navigate, and there’s a cost to access his most recent courses.  But, for example, for $30 you can download an entire One Year Bible Study audio course. And there’s a lot available free, if you search. For example, a YouTube search for Dr. Bill Creasy produces a ton of good stuff. I especially recommend his “Bible Blasts,” which are free, short and fun . . . and very informative.

Fr. Felix Just, SJ, a local L.A. priest, has a fascinating and extensive website to satisfy the avid explorer of Catholic lore: Catholic Resources for Bible, Liturgy, Art, and Theology. It’s great for browsing . . . endlessly.

More to come. Check back when you can …

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Author: tomwelbers

I have been a Catholic priest for nearly fifty years, most of that time serving in parish and college campus ministry. I also have professional degrees in theology and liturgy, as well as institutional management, and continue avidly to explore pastoral theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and spiritual direction. I have a passion for sharing insight into our Christian heritage through teaching, writing, and leading pilgrimages, especially to Early Christian World sites in Turkey. Now actively retired from parish ministry, I live at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

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