Think Web’s all schlock and drivel? Not so!
September 14, 2000
Use tips below when surfing for spirituality
A recent study of the Web made the following stunning claim: twenty
five percent of all Web sites are oriented primarily toward religious
material. This remarkable statistic tells us that a plethora of information
on spiritual and theological topics is just a few keystrokes away.
Diving headfirst into this pool of websites, however, can be both overwhelming
and risky. Overwhelming, in that it is difficult to know where to find
the sites that are most helpful. Risky, as many sites disseminate poor
theology or inadequate spirituality, even if they label themselves “Catholic.”
Some of the strongest resources for faith development on the Web are
to be found in relation to spirituality. Each site below offers exceptional
material on prayer.
This might be the best catholic university Website in terms of what
it offers in the area of spirituality. If you clink on the On-Line Ministries
icon on Creighton’s home page, you too will be impressed by this
site’s rich bouquet of offerings. The cornerstone of this site
is a self-guided retreat (press Online Retreat in Everyday Life.) Geared
toward busy people who want to experience a retreat by setting aside
a short period each day to pray, it consists of a number of reflections
on the main themes and prayer practices of St. Ignatius Loyola’s
By the end of the retreat, which takes about nine months to complete
using his method, the retreatant has journeyed through Jesus’
life, death and resurrection by contemplating Scripture and becoming
familiar with Ignatius’ methods of discernment, examination of
consciousness, and “application of the senses.”
In addition, this site offers some great prayer tips (press Tips button).
Topics such as “Prayer as Relationship, Using Ritual Every Day,”
“Praying in times of Crisis,” and “To whom do I pray?”
are discussed. This site also provides Scripture reflections, written
by Creighton University faculty and staff members, on the daily and
Sunday Mass readings for the week.
There are meditations on the Stations of the Cross, material on the
Jubilee Year and rather thorough discussions on the situation of injustice
in El Salvador (see the buttons labeled Romero and Tenth Anniversary).
Although the Campus Ministry’s Faith Development button is primarily
meant for the undergraduate students, even this part of the Web sit
has some helpful elements, such as its Faith Chat forum. Finally, this
site has a wonderful annotated Links page, Creighton’s site can
function quite competently as your main portal thorough which you can
confidently access the valid and valuable Catholic theological and spiritual
resources on the Web.