Excellent resources for growing in your faith before and after the retreat. If you have something to add email us at [email protected].
Added March 5, 2020
Into the Breach (1. Free Book and Study Guide, 2. Knights of Columbus Video Series, 3. Expanded book in ‘Manual for Men’ format, available on Amazon) – An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men, to understand what it means to be an ‘Authentic Man’. ‘Into the Breach’ is for men who are in the arena, warriors for Christ and His Church. It is for those men who battle daily for their souls and for their family. It is often a struggle to shed the sins and vices the world offers men, but it’s a battle we must fight and win.
The book is a call for Catholic men to step up and “into the breach” in service to God, their families, parishes, and wider communities. Now, perhaps more than ever, men need to be men. But what it means to be a man has been twisted into a pale and mangled image of true manhood. There is a battle for our souls, our families, our world, and Our Lord calls us men to fight.
Three links are included above, including the original brief book with study guide (free download), newly released video series, and the expanded Manual for Men book with great additional information and resources.
The Marriage Journal (https://theroloffs.com/pages/themarriagejournal) – The Best Communication Tool For Your Marriage. The Marriage Journal is an incredibly powerful yet simple tool to create a weekly rhythm of communication in your marriage.
33 The Series (https://www.authenticmanhood.com/) – A non-denominational, multi-volume video series that gives men a vision for manhood as modeled by Jesus in his 33 years on earth. Look for a men’s fellowship group that is using this as a basis for group study.
Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood (Amazon.com Book) – Raising a Modern-Day Knight will show how you, too, can confidently guide your son to the kind of authentic, biblical manhood that can change out world. Complete with ceremony ideas to celebrate accomplishments and ingrain them in the mind of a knight-in-training, this resource is as insightful as it is practical in raising a boy to be a chivalrous, godly man.
Dynamic Catholic (https://dynamiccatholic.com/) – Be Bold. Be Catholic. Do you have a sense that something is missing in your life? Are you ready to grow spiritually? Are you hungry to learn more? You’ve come to the right place. Wherever you are in your journey, we want to meet you right there and walk with you, helping you discover God and the best way to live.
Formed (https://formed.org/) – Discover hundreds of online Catholic videos, movies, audios, and e-books. It includes an app too! Many parishes subscribe to this service by the Augustine Institute – check with your local parish for a registration code.
Magnificat (https://us.magnificat.net/) – A spiritual guide to help you develop your prayer life, grow in your spiritual life, find a way to a more profound love for Christ, and participate in the holy Mass with greater fervor. Magnificat is a monthly publication designed for daily use, to encourage both liturgical and personal prayer. It can be used to follow daily Mass and can also be read at home or wherever you find yourself for personal or family prayer. Available as a subscription online, as an App, or in paper form.
The Word Among Us (https://wau.org/) – The magazine’s name comes from the Prologue to the Gospel of John: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” (John 1:14). This passage reflects the vision and purpose of our publication: To be an instrument of the Spirit whose desire is to manifest Jesus’ presence in and to the children of God. In this way, we hope to contribute to the church’s ongoing mission of proclaiming the gospel to the world and growing ever more deeply in our love for the Lord.
Laudate App – The most comprehensive Catholic App , available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Includes Daily Mass Readings, Order of Mass, Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, Latin Mass, Latin Liturgy of Hours, Rosary, Daily Examination of Conscience, Catechism and much, much more. Includes Podcasts for Rosary, Stations, Daily Meditations, and Daily Readings with read-along text and meditations. Best of all it is free.
Sacred Space (http://www.sacredspace.ie/) – Your daily prayer online. Also available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
iBreviary (http://www.ibreviary.org/en/) – Available online and on the iTunes App Store, iBreviary provides a daily missal, liturgy of the hours, and Catholic prayers and rituals.
Universalis (http://universalis.com/) – Online resource for daily Catholic prayer. Also available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
Word On Fire (https://www.wordonfire.org/) – Founded by Bishop Robert Baron, Word On Fire is a rich resource of books, podcasts, videos, audio recordings, lectures, homilies, study programs, and other resources for Catholic men and women.
God Moment App – This simple app is an audible reminder for you to pause, in the midst of your activities, and offer a quick prayer of gratitude and mindfulness. Three random times each day you will hear a chosen sound- calling you to pause for a “God moment”— a thought, an acknowledgment, a thank you. That’s it. No need to even take your phone out! Available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
Study/Prayer/Bible Group Resources
Signposts – How to Be a Catholic Man in the World Today – Written by two Catholic men, the fifty-two discussion plans, one for every week of the year, can be used in a small-group setting or individually. Either way, they offer men the opportunity to grow in their love for God, the church, and their families, and to joyfully embrace the call to live an authentic Christian life. Available on Amazon.
Living As A Beloved Daughter of God: A Faith-Sharing Guide for Catholic Women – This sixteen-session faith sharing guide will help women come to a deeper understanding of their identity in Christ and guide them in gaining a renewed perspective of their varied roles as wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. Among the themes covered are prayer, discovering God’s mercy, forgiveness, hearing God in Scripture, dealing with temptation, finding purpose, and balancing work and family. Available on Amazon.
Crossing the Goal (http://www.crossingthegoal.com/) – Crossing the Goal is a non-profit ministry whose mission is to call, equip and empower Catholic men to become and stay spiritually fit in their faith through the utilization of “Spiritual Fitness Workouts”. Spiritual Fitness Workouts are designed for Catholic men to help them grow spiritually and strengthen their faith. Spiritual Fitness Workouts can be used by either groups or individuals on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The content for these workouts is derived from three primary sources: the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and episodes of the “Crossing the Goal” TV show, which airs weekly on EWTN.
That Man Is You! (http://paradisusdei.org/that-man-is-you/) – That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!