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7 Reasons to make CatholicBrain.com a part of your curriculum

7 Reasons to make CatholicBrain.com a part of your curriculum

Seven Reasons to Make Catholic Brain a Part of Your Classroom

 

 

  • Catholic Brain is a reliable resource to find supplemental materials on nearly every topic. Searching the Internet for good Catholic resources can be time consuming, and you can never be sure of what you’ll find.  And even the best firewalls do not make it safe for children to search without supervision.  But with Catholic Brain, teachers can be confident that their and their students’ searches will provide useful, authentically Catholic materials.
  • Home study: Because Catholic Brain is accessible from home, students can work on it outside of class, and easily share with their families what they are learning.
  • Daily Activities: Catholic Brain provides daily Scripture readings, quizzes, and activities. It is a perfect way to start the school day, and to have students participate in a regular, consistent, habit-forming manner.
  • Catholic Brain is fun and interactive. With more than 5,000 videos, animated songs, Bible stories, games, and quizzes, Catholic Brain provides a simple way to get students engaged and active with their faith formation.  Catholic Brain also allows students to earn points and rewards, keeping them motivated to progress.
  • Catholic Brain follows the liturgical year. Not only does it offer the daily Mass readings, allowing students to follow the Scriptures with the Church, Catholic Brain offers seasonal activities for Advent, Lent, and Pentecost, making it easy for teachers to help students experience the different liturgical seasons.
  • Competitions and Prizes – Catholic Brain has hosted some stimulating faith competitions, such as the First Communion Bowl, Confirmation Bowl, Catholic Bible Challenge, and Catechism Bowl. These exciting competitions allow students to test their knowledge of the Faith against Catholic Brain users around the world, with the chance to earn prizes, as well as recognition for their schools.
  • Finally, Catholic Brain offers a teacher portal that makes it convenient to manage and track student progress. With this tool, teachers can not only access lesson plans, create quizzes, and assign materials, they can also easily monitor students’ usage and keep record of their achievement.

 

For teachers who have not yet experienced all that Catholic Brain has to offer in one online location, this year may be the time to do it!  See how this innovative tool can provide a seemingly endless supply of interactive materials, engage students and families on a daily basis, and make managing students a convenient task.  God bless your upcoming year!

 

Biblezon App of the Week: Daily Activities

Biblezon App of the Week: Daily Activities

 

Biblezon has created a Daily Activities app for both Kids and Adults. Each of these apps provide a terrific starting point for faith based reflection every day. Included in both apps are the readings of the day as designated on the liturgical calendar. The Saint of the Day whose feast day it is, is featured as well. Each saint has a brief biographical summary of their lives. Additionally, both versions have age appropriate reflections. The Adult version uses reflections provided with the permission of Presentation Ministries. The kid’s version contains Biblezon created reflections. Also, there is a fun Quiz of the Day, a Word of the Day, and a prayer for the day. The Biblezon Daily Activities app gives you a daily resource for mediation on the faith.

Biblezon App of the Week: Prayers App

Biblezon App of the Week: Prayers App

What would a Catholic tablet be without a prayers app? Biblezon has provided a resource on prayer in their very own prayers app. The app contains a total of 100 plus prayers to jumpstart your prayer life and help you obtain a deeper relationship with God.

Some included prayers are basic prayers such as the Apostles Creed, the Angelus, The Our Father, and Hail Holy Queen. There are prayers for special causes: Prayer for Travelers, Prayer for Healing, Prayer for Vocations, and Prayer for those Close to Death. Also you will find prayers to Padre Pio, Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Joseph and Saint Michael the Archangel.

The really neat feature in the app is one that allows you to add your own prayers.  Add the title and the prayer then submit it for inclusion in a list of your own prayers.  The Biblezon Prayer app gives you a complete tool to lead a faithful prayer life.

Refining Gold

Refining Gold

We go to Mass, we partake in frequent confession but we are not quite perfect are we? We are inherently human. We slip, we fall, we make mistakes. We often face many a trial in pot lives. Some shake us to our core. Some, though they may not seem so at the time, effect a course alteration in our lives that ultimately benefit us. You have heard that “it’s what is inside that counts” right? Read on.

GOLD FROM COAL

Near Cripple Creek, Colorado, Gold and tellurium are mixed as tellurite ore. refining methods of the early mining camps could not separate the two elements, so the ore was thrown into a scrap heap.

One day a miner mistook a lump of ore for coal and tossed it into his stove. Later, while removing ashes from the stove, he found the bottom littered with beads of pure gold. The heat have burned away the tellerium, leaving the gold in a purified state. The discarded ore was reworked and yielded a fortune.

People are like tellurite ore. We have gold inside us, but it often takes some trial in the fiery furnace of life to transform us.

TRIAL AND ERROR

Perhaps this section should be called “error and trial”. Our trials in life come at us usually by our own errors. We make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes lead to our trials in life. We may gossip falsely about someone and they find out leading to some public embarrassment for us. We may lose our temper while working on a project or while in the middle of a contentious meeting. Big mistake that could put us in the proverbial targets of our peers.

We are human and we make mistakes. It’s part of the result of original sin. We are not perfect but not everyone accepts that as a reason for our reactions and behavior. Suffice it to say there are always lurking around waiting for us to slip up to take advantage of our mistakes for their own benefit. From office politics to real world politics it’s hard to escape the trials of humanity. These trials pale in comparison to others.

TRIAL FOR TRUTH

Sometimes our trials come about as a result of standing steadfastly for the truth. We see example after example of this in the Bible. One such example occurs in the Old Testament book of Daniel. We learn of Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They refused to worship idols of their time. Daniels friends were thrown into a furnace and Daniel was thrown into a lions den when they refused to worship pagan idols. All of them escaped their trials unharmed.

Modern day Christians face their own trials. These trials are persecutions due to their faith. Sometimes, as is the case in many instances with ISIS, they are killed for their faith. They face the ultimate trial and pay the ultimate price with their lives. This in itself is not new. Dating back to the early church Christians have been persecuted for their beliefs. Many have been martyred for those beliefs. They paid the ultimate price for truth.

The conflict between good and evil is timeless, and every Christian faces some level of trials. We may not necessarily face the martyrs physical death but we may face spiritual persecution. This can come from snide comments about our faith or contentious debate with a believer from a Christian denomination that is unfriendly to Catholics. No matter where they come from theses trials are very real and particularly painful for those on the receiving end of them.

WHAT DO THESE TRIALS MEAN

These trials simply refine us. Much like the ore in the furnace that when burnt away gold dust is left behind we are the same. We have gold within us. Sometimes our rough exteriors need to be “burnt away” to reveal the gold within. These are what trials are for. They purify us and if we focus on our faith during our trials, the gold, the good within us will bubble to the surface.

The uncanny thing is this. Without the trials of life this gold we are talking about will remain hidden. We will have no reason to tap into the inner good buried within each of us. This inner good would remain buried and we may not even know it exists within each of us if we had no reason to discover it.

Many wish to avoid the trials of life. It should not be that way. We have the means to overcome any trial that comes our way. Jesus is with us through all of our trials. He is there to lean on and to help us through. He understands the pain and anguish that accompanies our trials. We can use these circumstances in life to build up our faith, be a  witness to others and spread the Good News through that witness. We may not consider all of these things while we are “put to the test” but once we examine the situation after it has passed we will realize the good it has done.

Trail by fire leads to a heavenly reward. Embrace your trials, don’t run from them. Your eternal life may depend on it.

Biblezon App of the Week: The Biblezon App Store

Biblezon App of the Week: The Biblezon App Store

The Biblezon App Store is your gateway to the Catholic faith in the palm of your hand. Literally hundreds of apps are available in-store for immediate download. This large variety of apps allows end users to truly customize their Biblezon tablet to fit their faith needs.

The Biblezon Catholic Tablet comes with the Biblezon App store pre-installed.  With the App store you will have access to Biblezon’s very own apps including Stations of the Cross, Confession, Daily Activities for both kids and adults, rosary, cathechism for kids and a prayers app. Additionally you will have access to many third party apps including EWTN, iBreviary, Relevant Radio, The Pope App, Verbum, and Laudate.

As you can see, with the Biblezon App Store you can customize your tablet experience with your favorite Catholic apps. Biblezon puts the Catholic faith at your fingertips, without distractions.

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