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Rosary Exhales Hold Key to Health – Research Finds Vagus Nerve Most Calm when Praying Hail Marys

This is fascinating to those of us who love empowering others with evidence-based wellbeing strategies. Here is scientific evidence to show why we FEEL so grounded, relaxed and calmer when we pray the Rosary. When we pray the Hail Mary out loud with our long, slow exhales, we are breathing at the most ideal rate …

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Leading the Mission: To Be One Who Casts Light and Confronts Shadows in Leadership

This is one of my final assignments for the ACU course in Leading Mission in Catholic Organisations. It gives you some insight into my ongoing development as an authentic person, retreat facilitator and follower of Jesus. I share this to offer you some fellowship and confidence as we all grow in understanding and skills as …

Free Animation for Faith Formation

Below is one of my original ‘Videoscribe’ animations. Please feel free to share it with your students, staff and families. Videos make great prayer resources to add to your faith formation tool kit as you build a Catholic Ethos in your community. “Jesus Brings Those on the Outside to the Inside” In just over 4 …

Guided Meditations

Noble Gospel Values Meditation (8 minutes 32 seconds) This guided meditation for whole-person wellbeing takes the listener through the following 4 steps: Bringing to mind your Noble Gospel value that you have prioritised for yourself  Cultivate a practice of gratitude Pray for others with compassion Visualise yourself living out your immediate goals in line with …

10 Reasons the Rosary is a Great Prayer for School or Home

Praying the Rosary is a chance to slow down, appreciate, find your anchor point and become aware of God’s love for you. This is a particularly powerful prayer for individuals, families and communities during hard times. It is one way to build an integrative spirituality, where our soul is energised and well-directed. The Rosary engages our senses and is excellent and engaging classroom prayer activity.

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Cultivating a Catholic Ethos in Retreats

You know your retreat is Catholic when it offers life-giving, empowering Catholic faith formation for a broad range of participants. In this article, I will discuss three overarching hallmarks of the Catholic ethos of faith formation, “Catholic Theological Anthropology”, “Whole-Person Engagement” and “Formation Capacities” and how faith formation retreats can be developed and evaluated accordingly by either internal or external facilitators. By the way, this article serves to inform and develop me as much as those I am hoping to encourage as I am still learning the art of faith formation facilitation.

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Why Virtue Ethics is so Empowering in Retreats

The goal of Christian faith formation retreat is to assist the participant to grow in discipleship with Jesus and in community with others so she/he is closer to living a fulfilling life of love.  Virtue Ethics with a Christian perspective is a very helpful in my work as a retreats facilitator because it engages retreat …

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How to Make Spiritual Language Inclusive for a Broad Range of People

How do you define and describe the soul and spirituality for a broad range of people?  The human soul is the life force within each of us, animated by God[1], our spirituality is how we cultivate and express that energy in either healthy or unhealthy ways[2] and the ultimate fulfillment of a healthy spirituality is …

Ideas for Praying the Rosary with Children

“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” – St. Anthony Mary Claret “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”– St. Josemaria Escriva  “The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and a theologically rich in Biblical content. …