Friday, May 10, 2013

Finding Faith in Art: Loyola Press Celebrates Creative Expressions of Faith

*Loyola Press is launching a new online series called Arts and Faith. As the name suggests, it celebrates the many ways people express their faith and find God through the visual and performing arts—including catechetical ideas.

A religion teacher who prays while singing opera. A lieutenant in Afghanistan who brings spiritual healing to soldiers through artwork. A young dancer who uses movement to interpret Scripture. A Jesuit who studies Mexican drug ballads to find God’s presence. These are a few of the fascinating stories we’ll be bringing you in Loyola Press’s new series, Arts and Faith.

Arts and Faith is a collection of stories from Catholics around the globe who demonstrate the inspiring—and surprising—ways art expresses and deepens their relationship with God.

The special series kicks off on with daily articles, videos, slide shows, and more from four categories of interpretive art: Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts.

Arts and Faith covers a wide scope of the personal and public ways faith is shared. A catechist explains why and how arts and crafts should be used in the classroom. A 20-something describes his ministry of playing the organ at multiple parishes every weekend. A faith formation leader reflects on how she prays a form of the Examen through photography. Whether you’re a catechist, an artist, or a creative soul, you’re sure to find inspiration and meaning in the stories you’ll read.

The stories in Arts and Faith capture snapshots of how spirituality is explored, revealed, and ultimately, celebrated in our faith communities. We hope these 40+ stories inspire you to tap your own talents to express your faith through sewing, sculpting, design, fashion, cooking, collage, spoken word, photography, poetry, modern dance, and so on.

As our series illustrates, you don’t have to be a Monet to participate in the arts. Jump in, explore the stories, and share the creative ways you’re expressing your faith!

Arts and Faith is online now, but the first installment of stories begins on May 15th.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

8 Reasons to Go to Mass

Here is a great article by Thomas Lickona

"Mass is boring." "I don't get anything out of Mass — why should I go?" "Why can't I just pray alone?" These are common feelings, especially among young people but among many adults as well. How should we respond. 8 Reasons to Go to Mass