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By John Bookser Feister

Inspiration on the Web


People Who Inspire
Turning to Prayer and Scripture
Web Pick
Check Out

Many of us are searching about on the Web, hoping to find something to brighten the day or help us to live a bit better. I’m happy to report that there’s inspiration out there. In a time when some accuse the digital world of making us less human, it seems more true that Internet communications are showing us new ways to connect with each other and with the world.

People Who Inspire delivers what its Web address promises. There are weekly meditations, parent-to-parent advice, seasonal worship resources and short catechetical articles to help parents hand on the faith.

The perspective at Catholic is a little more traditional, but that’s one fun thing about being Catholic—there’s plenty of variety! Here you can find “how-to’s” for some of the tools that have helped Catholic moms survive for centuries: The rosary and the brown scapular were prominent when I checked. offers a different type of inspiration. Father Jim Klima made a remarkable journey across the United States by bicycle last summer, and wrote about it on the Internet every night along the way! Here you can trace Father Jim’s bike trek from Oregon to New Hampshire, hear about his inspiring encounters with people and nature, read his reflections and even see photos of the whole trip.

Turning to Prayer and Scripture

St. Bonaventure, reflecting on the life of St. Francis, tells us that all inspiration ultimately turns our hearts toward God. You can find “Minute Meditations” and “Saint of the Day” on this site, where you’ll also find inspiration in the life of St. Francis during this month of his feast.

Daily readings from the Roman Catholic Lectionary are at An extensive collection of Scripture translations can be found at If you’ve got a fast connection, try, from the American Bible Society, for a look at how Bible stories might be communicated in the future.


Web Pick
If you ever want to learn more about St. Francis and his followers, Jim McIntosh’s site “The Franciscan Web Page” is a good place to begin on the Web. It’s been the most extensive Web collection of Franciscana since 1995. There are hundreds of links in all directions, all kept reasonably up-to-date.

Check Out

Here is a comprehensive parish Web site that is a resource for local parishioners in Dracut, Massachusetts, and beyond. Notable are the section on beliefs and a large collection of Catholic links. There’s also a nice collection of Catholic prayers.

Toronto journalist Kathy Shaidle runs this index site about saints. She keeps it fresh with news about saints from various sources on the Internet. The site boasts a small, very focused set of links that will take you to the best of saints sites.

Catholic recording artists have been working at developing an identity within the music industry, like their Christian music counterparts. Here is a spot where you can sample widely, using RealAudio to hear full tracks from CDs. Or you can listen to Catholic Music Network Radio nonstop. You can order CDs when you’re done listening online.


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