A blessed and peaceful Holy Week to you, and a very happy Easter!
We’ve got eight superb new columns up, and to make it easier for you to find them, here are the direct links with a short introduction to each:
Christian LeBlanc is our most prolific contributor, and really deserves your attention, regardless of what level of religion you’re teaching. I always learn something from his columns, because they are a synthesis of what he teaches in his classrooms, week after week – the Catholic faith as found in Sacred Scripture.
Christian loves his Bible and loves the Church, and his enthusiasm and great good humor light up his classes with the kind of enthusiasm we really need to ignite in our students. His style is quirky and very high-energy. Check out his latest, “Sing Along with King David.” If you have time, read a few more. They’re so rich and entertaining you’ll want to try them out in your own classes.
We have a real treasure, here at Amazing Catechists, by the name of Ellen Gable Hrkach. You may have heard of her. She’s an award-winning Catholic novelist, speaker and teacher of NFP and chastity training. We are very blessed to have her writing for us in her typically clear, common-sense way. She’s a real pro at making the Church’s transcendent and beautiful teachings on human sexuality accessible and practical for everyday Catholics like us. Here’s her latest, on whether or not NFP is really effective.
Mary Lou Rosien is one of my favorite writers because she can take a complex subject and break it down into something you can read in just a few minutes and spend a lifetime using, adapting and learning from. With seven children of her own, this Master Catechist knows how to make lessons work for every child. An author and columnist with Our Sunday Visitor, she’s a powerhouse, and we are very blessed to have her with us at Amazing Catechists. Here’s her latest column, in which she shares about an innovative program she discovered in another parish.
One of the great gifts of this past year, was our newest columnist, Monsignor Robert Batule, a wonderful priest, writer and theology professor at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. Monsignor Batule has given us permission to reprint a selection of his homilies throughout the liturgical year and we are delighted to share these gems of scriptural exegesis with you! Here’s his Easter homily .
We have a wonderful variety of contributors here at AC, and Marc Cardaronella is a very special one; a guy who can take aim at a catechetical challenge and hit the target with great precision. His writing style is crisp and entertaining, and concise enough for your busy schedule. A former Navy pilot, he holds an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry with a Specialization in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Check out his newest entry on the importance of penance.
One of my favorite people in the world is also one of the most talented and erudite. And one of the funniest. Pat Gohn, the well-known host of the popular podcast, “Among Women” also holds an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University and can unpack the Catechism of the Catholic Church like nobody I know. Her style is always friendly and fun and packs a powerful scriptural punch. Stop in and enjoy Pat’s latest , which will help you understand and remember the four parts of the Catechism.
I met Steve McVey at the Catholic New Media Celebration last year, and he immediately struck me as an evangelist of great integrity, grounded in a love for others made powerful through a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ. His work continues to be a source of encouragement to me and to our readers here at AC, and we are just delighted to have him on board. This month, Steve’s column shares a very cool FREE online resource for helping kids to learn the faith with enthusiasm.
Christine Capolino is somebody I actually see on a regular basis, and I have to say that aside from being a very poetic and engaging writer, she is one of those human beings with a gift for seeing the beauty and tenderness of our God in everyday life experiences. This month, Chris proposes that a failed Lent can actually be seen as a success. As always, she looks at something ordinary and perhaps even frustrating from her own life and finds the shining lesson that has the potential to bring us all closer to Jesus Christ. Thank God for Chris!
That’s it for this month’s new columns, so far. Please do check in regularly at our Facebook fan page for updates. Many of our columnists publish at other websites, too (Patheos, CatholicMom, Catholic Exchange and Catholic Online, to name a few) and write blogs of their own. We feature many of their links that relate to catechetics at our fan page, as well.
May God keep you in His tender peace, the power of His mercy, and the joy of His forgiveness.
Founder, Amazing Catechists TM
Author, “Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children”
Columnist, “Be An Amazing Catechist” at Patheos.com