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Get ready for back-to-school time with resources for students, teachers and parents at AmericanCatholic.org. Find articles and books with back-to-school ideas, send e-cards from Catholic Greetings to friends, students and teachers or read inspirational stories about Catholic educators.

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Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Father Basile Moreau: France's Blessed Teacher
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Basile Moreau, C.S.C., founded a worldwide congregation devoted to schools such as the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College.
 
Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Profoundly Human Saint
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend—all of these describe this first American-born saint.
 
St. Elizabeth Seton: Mother to Many
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
This year, Sisters and Daughters of Charity throughout the United States are celebrating 200 years of living the vision of their foundress.

 
Resources for Students

8 Spiritual Heroes: Their Search for God
From St. Anthony Messenger Press Books
In this compelling and inspiring book, author Brennan Hill uses lived theology that comes out of experiences and events to explore Mohandas Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Oscar Romero, Edith Stein, Daniel Berrigan and Mother Teresa.

 
8 Freedom Heroes: Changing the World With Faith
From St. Anthony Messenger Press Books
From the theological insights of Bernard Häring, the humble leadership of Cesar Chavez to the life-risking heroics of Harriet Tubman and the lifelong bravery of Susan B. Anthony, the work of these heroes has established the freedoms we enjoy today and inspire the heroes of tomorrow.

  
Youth Update
This newsletter explores subjects important to teens and young adults and are perfect for individual or group study. Topics include Church seasons, sacramentals, Scripture, World Youth Day, violence, poverty and the Eucharist. See the archive of newsletters available on our site. 
  
Resources for Teachers and Catechetical Leaders

When You Teach in a Catholic School: Handing on the Faith series

From St. Anthony Messenger Press Books
Inspiration and practical tips for teachers who want to share their faith in the classroom and school environment. This valuable resource offers fresh insight into the ministry of teaching—for teachers, school staff and administration, and parent-teacher organizations.

 
Prayer With Young People
From St. Anthony Messenger Press
This DVD series encourages young people to discover the different ways of praying, greatly facilitating the teaching and practice of prayer. Set includes study guide and prayer classroom activity book.

 
Faith Formation Update
A free monthly e-newsletter for catechetical leaders with a focus on parish catechesis beyond textbooks and classrooms. Each issue suggests seasonal products and provides free product samples (book chapters, video clips, audio clips). See the archive of past articles available on our site.

Scripture From Scratch Mini-Courses
In order to encourage Bible study groups to use Scripture from Scratch, we have created ten mini-courses that suggest ways to organize sessions around a particular theme. These mini-courses can be used for a variety of purposes: adult education, Christian initiation (RCIA), catechist formation or enrichment, Bible study groups and more. 
 
Resources for Parents

Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime
From St. Anthony Messenger Press
This audiobook focuses directly on discipline, answering more than 100 common, frustrating discipline questions parents ask, offering parents practical advice to form their children's character and to teach the basics of living, moral responsibility, and respect.

 
School Days: Learning Our Faith
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
 
Catholic Schools: Six Secrets of Success
From Catholic Update, St. Anthony Messenger Press



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Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions: Lawrence (Lorenzo) was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter. 
<p>His life took an abrupt turn when he was accused of murder. Nothing further is known except the statement of two Dominicans that "he was sought by the authorities on account of a homicide to which he was present or which was attributed to him." </p><p>At that time three Dominican priests, Antonio Gonzalez, Guillermo Courtet and Miguel de Aozaraza, were about to sail to Japan in spite of a violent persecution there. With them was a Japanese priest, Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz, and a layman named Lazaro, a leper. Lorenzo, having taken asylum with them, was allowed to accompany them. But only when they were at sea did he learn that they were going to Japan. </p><p>They landed at Okinawa. Lorenzo could have gone on to Formosa, but, he reported, "I decided to stay with the Fathers, because the Spaniards would hang me there." In Japan they were soon found out, arrested and taken to Nagasaki. The site of wholesale bloodshed when the atomic bomb was dropped had known tragedy before. The 50,000 Catholics who once lived there were dispersed or killed by persecution. </p><p>They were subjected to an unspeakable kind of torture: After huge quantities of water were forced down their throats, they were made to lie down. Long boards were placed on their stomachs and guards then stepped on the ends of the boards, forcing the water to spurt violently from mouth, nose and ears. </p><p>The superior, Antonio, died after some days. Both the Japanese priest and Lazaro broke under torture, which included the insertion of bamboo needles under their fingernails. But both were brought back to courage by their companions. </p><p>In Lorenzo's moment of crisis, he asked the interpreter, "I would like to know if, by apostatizing, they will spare my life." The interpreter was noncommittal, but Lorenzo, in the ensuing hours, felt his faith grow strong. He became bold, even audacious, with his interrogators. </p><p>The five were put to death by being hanged upside down in pits. Boards fitted with semicircular holes were fitted around their waists and stones put on top to increase the pressure. They were tightly bound, to slow circulation and prevent a speedy death. They were allowed to hang for three days. By that time Lorenzo and Lazaro were dead. The three Dominican priests, still alive, were beheaded. </p><p>In 1987, Blessed John Paul II canonized these six and 10 others, Asians and Europeans, men and women, who spread the faith in the Philippines, Formosa and Japan. Lorenzo Ruiz is the first canonized Filipino martyr.</p> American Catholic Blog We don’t have to scrub off our sin so God can love us. Instead, when we allow God’s healing love to touch us, we want to leave sin behind. Growth starts in love, not in guilt.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
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Follow Jesus with the same kind of zeal that St. Paul had, guided by Mark Hart and Christopher Cuddy.
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Learn about the saints of America: missionaries, martyrs, bishops, heiresses, nuns, and natives who gave their lives to build our Church and our country.
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Spiritual Questions, Catholic Advice
Father John's advice on Catholic spiritual questions will speak to your soul and touch your heart.

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Belated Birthday
Did you forget someone’s birthday? An e-card will reach them more quickly than the regular mail.
Catechetical Sunday
Catechists serve a vital role in the Church's mission of modeling and handing on the Good News of Jesus.
St. Francis
Promote peace among communities, nations and governments by promoting peace among individuals.
Catechetical Sunday
Send a Catholic Greetings e-card to the catechists who hand on the faith in your parish!
Sacrament of Confirmation
Is someone you know preparing to receive this sacrament? An e-card is a quick reminder of your prayers.



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