Links for Learning

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  "   Proverbs 1:1-6

Opportunity for Learning On the Web

​The World Wide Web can be a treacherous place that can too easily lead us to places that do not bring us truth or life.  But it can also be a tremendous resource for us as Catholic men and Knights of Columbus to learn about our faith and to learn how to put that faith into practice.  When used wisely, It can be like a stream of water that brings us refreshment and strength.

There are countless websites that can offer aspects of learning about the Catholic faith. This page does not strive to be exhaustive.  Instead, we hope to offer some links to unique webistes that are "faith friendly" that might be new to you and especially informative.   Please feel free to use the "Contact" page of this website to send in your recommendations for websites that you have found helpful. 

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​​WEB WISDOM WARNING  (WWW.)

Remember, more is not always better. We are living in the age of information. One of the dangers in our time is that we let ourselves get overwhelmed by information. Simply put, we can become addicted to more and more information, not as a means to our sanctity, but as an end in itself. Remember, in our use of the internet, encouraged here, quality is key, not quantity. These links are provided to help you grow in Christ. A hallmark of that growth is peace. If you feel anxiety is replacing peace in your use of the internet, pause, breath and pray. God will guide your searches. There is a time to search and a time to refrain from searching. Listen to him!
"The Dangers of Technology - Not Just Porn"

The term "Ludites" refers to bands of English workers in the 1800's who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs. Today, it has come to refer to people opposed to new technology.  As Knights, we don't want to be Ludites, but we do have to be aware of the dangers of some of the new technology that is now available. Here are a collection of articles from the group Those Catholic Men, entitled "The Dangers of Technology - Not Just Porn."  You can pick and choose of the articles for those that interest you.
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Please note, sites are in no particular order. 


General Catholic Sites​​​​​​
www.beginningcatholic.com/
This is a unique site started by a convert of Catholicism. He offers some great information to someone who is thinking about becoming a Catholics.  He offers some great short articles to support to people who are in the Rite of Christian Initiatiion (RCIA) process. Interesting. 
www.bustedhalo.com 
Busted Halo is a unique media resource that is part of the ministry of the Paulist Fathers that "utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others." The Paulist believe strongly in "using the most modern methods of communication to bring to life the ancient message of the Gospel." Hip site. 
www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/
Though the site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops can be a bit dry, this link offers some great, short videos of scripture scholars and spiritual leaders reflecting on the daily readings.  If you have some extra time, check one out. The USCCB site also has all the daily and Sunday readings. 
www.catholichomestudy.org/
This is a VERY cool site. Catholic Home Study is a ministry of Evangelization sponsored by Vincentian priests and the Knights of Columbus, Missouri Council. It offers Catholic enrichment (CD courses) to people all over the world who are interested in learning about and understanding the Catholic faith. Without obligation and completely free. Wow!
Apologetics
www.catholicapologetics.org 
This very helpful website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement.
www.scotthahn.com/apologetics-topics/
Scott Hahn is one of the great contemporary converts to Catholicism. He began his journey to the Church with questions. He uses that journey to help provide in depth and insightful answers to questions concerning Catholic tradition.
www.biblechristiansociety.com
This is an unlikely site for Catholic apologetics, but it is out of Birmingham, Alabama with the goal of evangelizing non-Catholics.  It uses a format of questions about Catholicism frequently asked by non-Catholics.  It offers CDs and MP3 recordings free of charge. 
www.catholic.com
This is the website of the often cited Catholic Answers.  This is a great site to find answers to just about any question you have about the Catholic faith. For those who prefer listening to things, it offers great pod casts from their radio show too. 
Scripture Study & Reflection
www.cssprogram.net
Catholic Scripture Study offers programs for groups or individuals looking for an inspiring Bible study that is completely faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The programs must be purchased, but the site does have some great resources.
www.sundayscripturestudy.com
Sunday Scripture Study is a simple but unique site designed for people that are participating in, or want to start a study of the Sunday readings. This site is "designed for those Catholics who are being led to delve into God’s Word, but don’t have the foggiest idea on where to start." Some great resources.
www.onlineministries.creighton.edu
Creighton University is one of few truly Catholic universities. The Archdiocese of Detroit sends it's priests there to study spiritual direction.  The site offers some great reflections on the daily readings and on prayer.  There are also some great audio retreats. 
Social Issuses & Advocacy
www.CatholicVote.org
Catholic Vote offers an unapologetic, conservative commentary on trending social, economic, and political issues in the United States. Their moto is "Life. Faith. and Liberty. Together we can defend it." It is focused on getting Catholics to use their vote for action. 
www.tfp.org
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) is an organization of lay Catholic Americans "concerned about the moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian civilization." The TFP was born from the idea of a Counter-Revolution, a reaction against forces of anti-faith revolutions. "that would embrace every field of human activity, but especially art, ideas and culture."
www.micatholic.org/
This is a site of the Michigan Catholic Conference created to inform Catholics in the state about current, key issues .  It is the "official voice of the Catholic Church in MIchigan.  You can sign up to receive a monthly email newsletter on a variety of issues.  Pretty informative.  
Pro-Life / Sanctity of Life
www.prenatalpartnersforlife.org
Prenatal Partners for Life is a group of concerned parents, medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy whose aim is to support, inform and encourage expectant or new parents facing a child with an adverse diagnosis. They connect parents with other parents who have had the same diagnosis. They believe that each and every child is a gift from God. Think of this when if you meet such parent. 
www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/
Though the USCCB site is not very graphically exciting, it is a great resource for a whole range of pro-life topics and activities, including abortion, assisted suicide, stem-cells, contraception, reproductive technology, and more. You can also subscribe to some great electronic newsletters. 
www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-pray.cfm
9 Days for Life is a pretty hip nine-day novena for life. What is great about it is that you can receive the daily prayers and meditations by text, email or a free mobile app.  See what I mean? Pretty cool for the USCCB! Though it was created to be done in January, it is a great resource to use any time. 
Specifically for Catholic Men
www.catholicgentleman.net
A very interesting site. The Catholic Gentleman "exists to inspire men to holiness—to love God, to serve others, and to deny self." They have some great articles that offer a very solid Catholic viewpoint on pressing issues that touch men today.  As they say "The spiritual life is full of combat, struggle, hardship, and adventure."  Yeah, man!
www.thosecatholicmen.com
Those Catholic Men is ministry that set out "to address an unspoken reality in the Catholic Church: the disconnect between the Church and Her men."   This website is an online resource for Catholic men "amidst the confusion of our post-Christian, secular age."  They believe that "Catholic men must make preparations for the struggles to come by prayer, asceticism, study and brotherhood." Sound familiar?
www.romancatholicman.com
RomanCatholicMan.com is an interesting website "with everything needed to inspire and train men who seek the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and strength." In their words "It is designed to aid those of us in the trenches of the Church Militant to understand and train for our role in the mission of combatting evil and rescuing the souls of our loved ones who have lost the precious gift of faith." They have some nice stuff.
Millennial Mix
www.catholicsoncall.org
Catholics on Call "supports Catholic young adults (ages 18-35) as they strive to discover God’s call in their lives, and explore the possibility of a life of service in the Church." It is a national vocation discovery program of The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union (CTU). Though not very graphically interesting, it might be a good site to direct a young adult.
www.agapecommunity.net
Agape Community is a young adult ministry that serves the Roman Catholic parishes of the Northern Oakland County area, while also drawing membership from throughout the region. The Community welcomes all young adults ages 18-35 to "join us on a journey of fellowship and spiritual growth."
www.catholicmissiontrips.net/
A cool site. Mission trips are something that are very common in Protestant circles, but maybe not so common in Catholic circles. Inspired by Saint Mother Teresa and St. Pope John Paul II, Steve Nasche, a parish youth director, wanted to do a mission trip to let Catholic youth experience foreign mission work.. Know a youth? Tell them about this site.
www.bulldogcatholic.org
Bulldogcatholic is the site of the Newman Center of the University of Minnesota Duluth.  It features Fr. Mike Schmitz, their chaplain, who also serves as the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth. This is a fun and vibrant site that shows you what ministry to young adults should be.
www.catholicyouthwork.com/
Catholic Youth Work is a project of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Great Britain.  I know, far away.  But it has a lot of great resources no matter what country you live in!
www.focusoncampus.org/home
FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is "to share the hope and joy of the gospel" with college and university students in Michigan and around the country, through Bible studies, outreach events, mission trips and one-on-one discipleship. Though not at all college campuses, it is stiil a good site to direct young adults to, especially if they want to go on mission.
www.awakenministry.org
Awaken Ministry is a very monthly outreach "gathering" hosted by various Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit, MI.   The basic format of an Awaken experience is three-fold: praise and worship,  the preached Gospel, and Eucharistic Adoration. The goal is "simply to bring people into an experiential encounter with Jesus Christ." Great site and experience for young and old!
www.kofc.org/un/en/college/youngadult/index.html
This is the Knights of Columbus site for young adults (18-35 year olds). The goal is "to provide you with news and information, personal and spiritual formation and a custom-built community that is strengthened by the bonds of brotherhood."  They have some great resources. 

"Proclaiming the Gospel in the Digital Continent"

How do we proclaim the Gospel amid today’s cultural and technological shifts? On February 22, people gathered at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to listen to Matthew Meeks, the chief digital and marketing officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, share his experience and vision of the role of digital communications and marketing in the work of evangelization.

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Supporting the Encounter with Christ
"There already exist on the Net countless sources of information, documentation and education about the Church, her history and tradition, her doctrine and her engagement in every field in all parts of the world. It is clear, then, that while the Internet can never replace that profound experience of God which only the living, liturgical and sacramental life of the Church can offer, it can certainly provide a unique supplement and support in both preparing for the encounter with Christ in community, and sustaining the new believer in the journey of faith which then begins."

St. Pope John Paul II 
“Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel”, May 12, 2002