Spiritual Resources for OLM Families

 

Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually.

I Chronicles 16:11

Dear OLM Families:


     God created us in His image and wants us to always be open to Him and His Grace, to love him and know He is good. He also wants us turn to Him in times of difficulty the same way we hope our children will come to us when they are troubled or hurt. However, knowing what God wants and integrating that understanding into our hectic daily lives are two very different matters.

     Although we might wholeheartedly believe these words, how do we put them into practice when we are rushing to get to school on time, hurrying to get from one activity to another, or exhausted after dinner and there is still homework to be done? How often do we get through an entire day without taking time to thank God for his blessings, no less to feel that we are walking with Him all day long? 

 

     If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Neither are you alone if you would like to make some changes in your daily life to work toward putting God first, while still remembering where you dropped off each child so you can get everyone home in time for dinner.

     We are in the process of compiling resources for our OLM School families that will help to keep God in our day-to-day lives so that when we need to ask God for help, He will feel as close to us as a loving parent. All relationships take time and effort, and it is human nature to put the visible ones before the invisible, even with the best of intentions. Fortunately, it is also our nature to seek our Creator and to want to know why we are here and what He wants us to do with our earthly life.

     To help in this effort, we will be using this page to give you quick access to examples of spiritual practices for you to share with your family and friends, resources for families going through difficult times, and links to websites where you can find everything from traditional sacred music you can download, to a 3-minute retreat you can take during a quick break at work or at home.

     We will be adding to this page and updating it approximately monthly, so let any of us know if you have suggestions,

Blessings to you and your family,
Marie Slaton, Angela Sall, and Jane Griesemer,
Catholic Identity Committee, OLM School Board

Helpful Links to Spiritual Resources

 

3-Minute Retreat:  

 

http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm?class_id=6&parent_class_id=livingfaith.com

use daily mass readings and also can have readings emailed daily

 

http://catholicmom.com/

 

http://www.catholicparents.org/parenting.html

 

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/resources/ (includes reviews of 700 Catholic websites)

 

http://www.usccb.org/ United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

II. Resources for families going through difficult times: 

 

Note to our families: Please make an appointment to speak to Father Matt, your physician, or other (mental) health professional if you are going through a time of great stress or difficulty. These website links are provided as a resource and have some helpful information, but are not a substitute for spiritual counseling, professional counseling, and/or medical advice.

 

A. Divorce: 

http://www.catholicscomehome.org/divorce-annulments/

 

http://divorcedcatholic.com (make sure singular “catholic” or else this link will get you to dating site)

 

 

B. Death: 

http://catholicscomehome.org/death-and-grieving/

 

C. Illness: 

http://catholiceducation.org/en/

 

D. Substance Abuse: 

http://nccatoday.org/ National Catholic Council on Addictions

https://www.drugrehab.com/recovery/faith-and-religion/
https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/bible-verses/

 

E. Emergency, legal and law enforcement government offices in the country:

http://www.courtsystem.org/