Archive for the ‘Resources’ category

Resource for “Transformation”

July 9, 2011

An important part of the vision for parished-based Catholic Men’s Fellowship groups is that they be transformational, that the men who participate in them would gradually become holier, more responsible and effective in all of the manly Catholic roles in which they find themselves.

Msgr Charles Pope, who blogs for the Archdiocese of Washington DC, wrote recently about transformation.  In his article, he promotes a new set of his talks (on CD) dealing with our transformation as Christians.  I’ve been reading Msgr Pope for a couple years now, and can attest to the excellence of his teaching.  Because each talk is only 25-minutes long, perhaps some CMFs might be able to use these CDs as a resource for their meetings.


Local brother on EWTN

December 16, 2010

As noted in the press release below, the recent interview of author and GOTR CMF Advisory Board member Jerry Gilmartin with Johnnette Benkovic about his book will air on EWTN TV Friday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m.
Jerry will also be available to sign his book for you on Monday, December 20, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Guild Studio bookstore at 400 Wyoming Ave, Scranton.
Book signing, EWTN TV appearance by local author:

Jerome D. Gilmartin, author of the book, The 7-Step Reason to be Catholic:  Science, the Bible and History point to Catholicism and host of the “In Love of Christ” program on local Catholic Radio, JMJ 750 AM, will sign his book at the Guild Studio bookstore Monday, December 20, 2010, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Gilmartin was interviewed recently by Johnnette Benkovic at the studio of EWTN Global Catholic Television in Irondale, Alabama for a “Women of Grace” TV program which will air Friday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. on EWTN TV. 

His book has been featured on Dan Patrick’s “The Son Rise Morning Show” on EWTN radio. He has been a guest on the “Our Faith, Our Diocese” program hosted by Dan Gallagher on CTV and has given presentations at catechetical convocations in the Scranton and Harrisburg dioceses and several local parishes.

Mary Meets Dolly

July 19, 2010

Mary Meets Dolly looks like a great reference site for the Catholic perspective on issues involving the manipulation of human life.  It’s written by a clinical molecular biologist in collaboration with her father who is a [Catholic] theologian.

I first learned about this site via our local Catholic radio station, WQOR (JMJ750) which brodcasts on 750AM.  Last Friday, Brian Patrick was interviewing Rebecca, the website’s author, on his “Son Rise Morning Show.” (7am to 8am)

Local Catholic radio:  You better listen!  I strongly encourage you to listen!

Improve your public speaking

April 13, 2010

As a weak public speaker, I’m always on the lookout for tips to help me become more effective in this area. In this recent post, Tim Ferriss shares his approach. Also, here’s an older post from Guy Kawasaki’s blog that includes some interesting pointers.

Better than winning the lottery!

April 7, 2010

As I surfed the Catholic web today, I found some descriptions about the Archbishop-designate of Los Angeles very intriguing.  Abp Jose Gomez, currently the Archbishop of San Antonio, was described on Rocco’s blog as “the lone American bishop ever to be a full member of Opus Dei,” and was quoted by Tim Drake as saying “In the Archdiocese of San Antonio we started a new marriage preparation program based on the Theology of the Body.”  Tim also mentioned the Abp’s 2007 pastoral letter entitled “The Tender Mercy of Our God.”  Since we’re in the middle of the Novena to Divine Mercy, that seemed too coincidental to pass up, so I searched it out and began reading.

Wow!!!  What an awesome letter!  The very first paragraph uses the phrase “called to holiness and mission.”  The second paragraph is in-your-face Trinitarian.  So, already, by the third paragraph, I am deeply appreciating Abp Gomez’s teaching style.  After reading the sixth paragraph (still on the first page [of the pdf]), I’m addicted.  And it continued.  Nothing new, mind you.  What was so striking to me was the JP2-esque pastoral clarity with which he presented the Truth.  Christocentric throughout.  Challenging us to “deepening a personal relationship with [Jesus] in order to be his follower and his friend.”

More specifically relevant to Catholic Men’s Fellowships was this role model to whom he directed us:

“Let us remind our culture of people like Blessed Luis Magaña Servin, one of our newest American blesseds, a devoted husband and father, martyred in Mexico in 1928. Facing a firing squad, he was able to speak words of forgiveness to the soldiers about to execute him: ‘I pardon you and I promise you that on arriving in the presence of God you are the first ones I will intercede for. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Santa María de Guadalupe!’”

All in all, a tremendous read in this ‘mercy week,’ and a great resource for teaching about the Sacrament of Penance.

The Spiritual Exercises in a different format

September 28, 2009

Here is a creative method for using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in a classroom setting.  It looks like you can adapt it very easily for use at home.

Liturgy of the Hours

February 20, 2009

Those who pray the Liturgy of the Hours may be interested in this site.  Organized by the schedule of the Daily Office, it provides links to the commentaries on the Psalms and Canticles of Lauds and Vespers written by Pope John Paul II.  These became his teachings at his weekly General Audiences after he released Novo millennio ineunte after the conclusion of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.  Unfortunately, JP2 only completed about 80% before his death in 2005.  Pope Benedict XVI chose to complete this work during his first year as our pontiff.  We’ve placed a link to it on our right sidebar entitled “Papal commentaries.”