Website and App Reviews

  Laudate App

The Laudate App, for Android, iPhone and Kindle Fire is a prayer book, Bible and Missal all rolled into one. And so much more. I use this app daily for my prayer and meditation time. It contains the text of dozens of traditional Catholic prayers, including the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and other chaplets, Daily Readings according to Liturgical Year Cycle, many podcasts, Stations of the Cross and even a section to write your own prayers.

The app also contains has the ability to translate into several languages (online), access several Catholic radio stations (online) and Mass Times (online). The Catechism can be accessed (online) as well as many Vatican Documents. There is now an EWTN section, which I haven’t had much time to explore, yet.

I mainly use this app for my prayer book and I wouldn’t be without it! If you are looking for a prayer book type app for your phone or other device, I highly recommend Laudate. The best part – it’s FREE!

http://www.amazon.com/AJ-CatholicOne/dp/B005YH5R7A

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  – Since 2006, Sr. Julie and Sr. Maxine have been answering questions about living life as a consecrated religious, as well as helping others to discern what their individual vocation in life is.  The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, started A Nun’s Life online ministry to provide information and encourage vocations to religious life.  Their excellent  blog, entertaining  podcasts,  forums  and other resources, including how to become a nun, offer lots of food for thought for anyone who’s ever wondered why women become nuns and what a religious woman’s life is like.  In addition to the website, the sisters maintain a presence on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube.  http://www.anunslife.org/

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http://www.osb.org/ – The Benedictine order is noted for its life of simplicity and contemplation.  Many monasteries run their own farms and practice sustainable living.  Guided by the Rule of Benedict, written in the 6th century A.D. these men and women exude a peace and joy that stems from their immersion in “ora et labora”, prayer and work.  Yet, where can the layperson start who wishes to emulate thier pursuit of holiness in the real world?  I almost wish there was a “Rule of Benedict for Dummies” that would sort through the more difficult language and give a simple outline of life for dense minds such as mine.  Since I have not yet discovered this instruction manual, I have been finding it very helpful to peruse the Daily Reading from the Rule on www.osb.org, underneath which is a link to St. John’s Abbey’s Daily Reflection on the Rule.  Taking the Rule in tiny bites and applying it to my life just may help me get a little more on track with the way God wants me to live.