Over the centuries our Church has produced a great wealth of wisdom and teachings. While many Catholics are introduced to this tradition during their time in Catholic Schools, once Catholics leave it can be difficult to know where to go in order to continue to develop our knowledge of our faith. With that in mind, I’d like to share a few of the online resources I have found to be accessible, orthodox, and inspiring ways to encounter the riches our Church has to offer.
Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire: Bishop Barron and his team post weekly homilies as well as videos and articles on faith and culture. Over the years, Bishop Barron has discussed a huge number of issues, from interpreting the Bible to movie reviews to engaging with current events. His material is thoughtful, thought provoking, and consistently orthodox. wordonfire.org
Fr. Mike Schmitz: Fr. Mike Schmitz is from the Diocese of Duluth and wears many hats. He is a nationally known Catholic speaker and shares weekly videos on YouTube through Ascension Presents. He addresses questions and gives practical advice on how to life the Christian Life and grow in virtue. (Youtube.com, search “Ascension Presents”)
McGrath Institute for Church Life: The Institute for Church Life comes from the University of Notre Dame and provides a number of resources that can be helpful, thought provoking, and engage in a deeper and more scholarly way some of the issues and challenges of the Church in the modern world. Their articles tend to be more academic but may be a great resource for someone who wants dive a little deeper into the thinking of the Church. Their journal is a great resource. churchlife.nd.edu
The Bible Project: I’ve mentioned this resource before. This website gives excellent summaries of books of the Bible as well as themes and topics that come up throughout the Bible. The Bible Project is a great way to get a sense of the Bible before diving in and reading it for yourself. While The Bible Project isn’t a Catholic group and therefore doesn’t emphasize biblical teachings we Catholic find important (the reality of the Church and the Sacraments, the Church’s understanding of faith and works, or the great Catholic tradition of biblical interpretation) this resource is still a great supplement to the other resources. Used alongside the others will provide great and orthodox resources to grow in faith and discipleship. bibleproject.com
Crux Now: Crux Now is a reliable and unbiased Catholic News source that provides news stories and commentary on current events, especially within the Catholic Church. It is difficult to find unbiased reporting on matters about the Church, and Crux consistently provides solid and fair reporting about contemporary issues. cruxnow.com