Although I’m sure your time is at a premium, I couldn’t help but want to recommend these blogs/websites to you that I frequent and that I think are worth your time. Explore this short list, and hopefully you will find a new favorite site!
News and Opinions, both Secular and Church topics:
- I visit Fr. Z’s Blog quite often, because he has news and information on the things I really care about, from a clerical, traditional, well-traveled, and thoroughly educated perspective. Plus he has a dry, wry sense of humor and is not afraid to use it!
- The American Catholic is the site from which I primarily get my political news. Although a few folks post on that blog, I always look especially for posts by Mr. Donald McClarey, who as an attorney is an extremely educated man and thoughtful political writer. (And what he doesn’t know about the history of the Civil War or the World Wars isn’t worth knowing…)
- With more of a newspaper-like style–actually they ARE a newspaper– the National Catholic Register‘s site reports news and opinion on its front page and also has helpful resources on other pages. Many famous Catholic bloggers write for them and their blogs are linked to on the sidebar.
News about Church Stuff:
- A little like NLM above, Rorate Caeli contains much news of Church/liturgical interest, but it is written by many people who are hard-core adherents to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite, and anti-False-Application-of-Vatican-II types. Because of the litany of abuses and massive falling away from the Faith that the Church has seen in the West in the last 50 years, some of their writing tends to be bitter, but I enjoy their posts covering what’s going on with the recovery of the sacred all over the world.
- Whispers in the Loggia (very respectfully!) chronicles the movement of prelates in the Vatican and in the U.S. I’m nosy, so I like to know what’s going on with our leaders. Written by an American, this blog covers what American bishops are doing and what particularly affects American Catholics all over the country.
Liturgy and Sacred Music:
- Go to The Chant Cafe if you are interested in commentary on the “Sacred Music Scene” in the West (particularly the U.S.). As it is the official blog of the Church Music Association of America, many passionate and talented musicians share what they are seeing, doing, and working on here, and so this blog is a bird’s-eye-view of the great things going on in Catholic parishes around the country.
- Corpus Christi Watershed is the place to go if you are serious about educating yourself as to the how-to’s and what-to-do’s of Sacred Music. They feature many tutorial videos and audio files and other pages on how to sing chant and Sacred Polyphony, as well as a blog with various musical and catechetical topics.
- Recently coming under the leadership of the CMAA, the website New Liturgical Movement is a blog about Sacred Music and more: gorgeous Church restorations, new oratories springing up in the West, how the Extraordinary Form of the Mass continues to flourish, news about the Anglican Ordinariate, and much more. For those interested in the restoration of beauty and reverence to Catholic Worship, this site is a must-visit.
For Your Kids:
- If you have children that like to color, you will want to visit and print out Mary MacArthur’s gorgeous coloring pages of saints at her blog Sketches and Subcreations.
- I always check my news feed to see what photos and stories the St. Paul Street Evangelization Facebook Page has posted recently. In little more than a year, this volunteer organization has spread to street corners all over the U.S. (and beyond!) to set up displays, pray with and talk to all those who walk by about Christ and His One True Church. These folks are inspiring and amazing, and I believe that God is using them to do great work!
- I have already mentioned Sophia Institute Press, but I wanted to again because they are a marvelous resource. When they reprint excellent old books, they reprint them with beautiful new art and subtle textual updates when necessary. They print beautiful new books, too!
- Ignatius Press is my favorite Catholic media seller, carrying books, CDs, and DVDs. Their works are excellent, scholarly and literary: even their books for children! You will find only the best books and media in their catalogues, which are worth looking through just to learn from!
- Magnificat publishes a monthly magazine that will help you deepen your spiritual life and pray with the Church: it has the texts for Sunday and daily Masses, morning and evening prayer each day, and meditations by Saints and scholars that will draw you closer to God. There is a version for young children called MagnifiKid that is my favorite gift to give children for their First Communion.
- Regina Magazine is a recent discovery, a FREE Catholic women’s quarterly (online-only) magazine that covers Faith, family, fashion, and more. Beautifully and intelligently written, filled with photographs, and covering several topics of interest to faithful Catholic women, this magazine is a very exciting find!
As always, please feel free to list your favorite Catholic sites in the comment boxes below. I look forward to roaming the internet with you! (Now, where’s that Internet Prayer again?)