CNS Examination of Conscience for Graduates

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Earlier this spring I wrote another column for Catholic News Service. This time it wasn’t so much of a column or reflection, but rather a guide for prayer and reflection. It is meant to specifically guide recent graduates (from high school or college) through there experiences of transition and to understand the role their faith life and God play during those moments.

Check it out here via the Diocese of Wilmington’s newspaper, The Dialog.

Examination of conscience for graduates

How Do I Explain to My Kids Why We Have to Go to Mass Every Sunday? 

Last month I teamed up with Peanut Butter & Grace to launch a new series for Catholic parents, “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke.”

In the series I attempt to help parents teach the Catholic faith to their children.

In the second episode I wrestle with the following question:

How Do I Explain to My Kids Why We Have to Go to Mass Every Sunday? 

Here’s the video answer:

Here’s an accompanying article I wrote as well.

It’s still a new project, so it will take time to grow and develop. If you found this answer useful, please consider sharing the video. It’s also on Facebook, FYI.

How Can I Teach Kids God Is Not a Genie?

Recently a former colleague from Catholic News Service reached out to me about collaborating with Peanut Butter & Grace, a Catholic media company which produces content for families.

Thus the new series, “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke” was launched. In the series I’ll attempt to help parents teach the Catholic faith to their children.

In this first episode I wrestled with the following question:

How Can I Teach Kids God Is Not a Genie?

Here’s the video answer:

Here’s an accompanying article I wrote as well.

It’s a new project, so it will take time to grow and develop. If you found this answer useful, please consider sharing the video. It’s also on Facebook, FYI.

 

Vocation story published

A month ago I was contacted by a former colleague from my first stint at CNS as an intern. At the time she was an assistant editor, now she is busy raising her young family and works part time with Peanut Butter & Grace.

Peanut Butter & Grace is a web site and social media conglomerate seeking to provide parents with practical ways to pass on the faith to their children.

Later this week, they will be releasing my first video as a part of a new series “Brick by Brick with Father Brooke.”

In anticipation of the release of the series and on the occasion of the the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I also shared my vocation story on their Web site.

Unlike my column with Catholic News Service in the fall, which also provided practical tips for promoting a culture of vocations, this article is exclusively my vocation story.

CNS column on humility

During Lent I wrote a column for CNS on the virtue of humility within the context of Lent. Specifically I tied those two themes to the modern usage of social media. My goal was to look at how social media affects our understanding of humility. Lastly, I provided some tips for how to overcome some of those related struggles.

Here’s a link to the column, published by the Boston Pilot.

CNS column on Confession

As a part of the “Faith Alive” catechetical series on the sacraments I was asked by Catholic News Service to write about the sacrament of confession / penance / reconciliation.

After reviewing the Catechism paragraphs, I was inspired by a quote (found in the article) by St. Jerome about going to the doctor. I decided to take a spin on that and use an analogy of dentistry with going to confession.

Here’s the result:

 

A related piece I originally posted on this blog:

“7 Tips for a good a good confession”

 

 

CNS Column on Vocations

This Web site was initially launched in the summer of 2008, when I was an intern at Catholic News Service. I created the site to post the articles I was writing for Catholic News Service as they were published in various Catholic news sources around the world.

Several years later, I’m grateful that the good folks at CNS have asked me to begin writing for them again. I’ve started to write columns on occasion for them.

My first contribution was written back in November on vocations. (I apologize for not posting this sooner.)

I recently wrote another column on confession. I can’t link to it until I find it published in digital form of one of the many diocesan newspapers around the country. When that happens, I’ll add a link here.

Canonization report published

After attending the Canonization of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II last Sunday, I wrote a reflection, which I shared here.

Since then, the diocese has published a edited version of said reflection for the Catholic Missourian. An online version of the published article can be found here.

What a great joy and blessing it was to attend such a historic event. Yesterday we had no classes for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, it’s like labor day in Italy, so I was finally able to catch up on some sleep.