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Sophia Institute for Teachers Sophia Institute for Teachers was founded in 2013 to renew and rebuild Catholic culture through service to Catholic education.

"Mary is the perfect model of full possession by the Holy Spirit and therefore she magnifies God alone. She can teach us...
06/07/2019
The Holy Spirit & Mary: Lessons for Pentecost

"Mary is the perfect model of full possession by the Holy Spirit and therefore she magnifies God alone. She can teach us to do the same —to abide with the same docility to the Holy Spirit’s action in our soul."

At Pentecost the Blessed Virgin Mary received the Holy Spirit with unique fullness because hers is the freest human heart.

Exciting news! Our forthcoming High School Theology textbooks, "Revelation of Christ" and "Encountering Christ," are off...
06/06/2019

Exciting news! Our forthcoming High School Theology textbooks, "Revelation of Christ" and "Encountering Christ," are officially USCCB approved! Look for them on Conformity Review List soon.

Explore the books here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/spirit-of-truth-hs

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Thank you to everyone who responded to our poll on elements of Catholic life! For those of you especially looking to inc...
06/04/2019

Thank you to everyone who responded to our poll on elements of Catholic life!

For those of you especially looking to incorporate more prayer and Sacred Scripture into your classrooms, here's a lesson on Lectio Divina from our most recent Joy of the Gospel: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/docs/Lectio_Divina_for_the_Summer.pdf

Help your students learn to pray with Scripture in way that they can carry out of the classroom and into the summer months!

Did you know the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Here's a quote from Pope Leo XIII to meditate ...
06/03/2019

Did you know the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Here's a quote from Pope Leo XIII to meditate on this devotion.

#SacredHeart

"Through work, you joyfully cooperate with God in making this world a better place to live in, and you contribute positi...
05/31/2019
Our Workplace Can Help Sanctify Us

"Through work, you joyfully cooperate with God in making this world a better place to live in, and you contribute positively to Jesus’ work of Redemption."

Now the time has come to go to work. This means facing the traffic situation again. It is rush hour, and everyone seems to be tense. But the period of prayer has helped you a lot for this new challenge. Maybe a taxicab or a motorcycle has come out of nowhere, gotten in your way, …

Happy feast of Christ's Ascension!
05/30/2019

Happy feast of Christ's Ascension!

Here's a thoughtful reflection from John-Mark Miravalle, who is a frequent scholar at our catechetical workshops: "We pr...
05/29/2019
How Can Sacred Art Help Us to Pray?

Here's a thoughtful reflection from John-Mark Miravalle, who is a frequent scholar at our catechetical workshops:

"We pray to a God who tends to reveal Himself in a still, small voice. That is, in little things easily overlooked. The skill of discerning what is not obvious — that’s what prayer is all about."

Prayer and Plastic Art “Plastic arts,” in its most general definition, refers to the visual arts whose products, once formed, remain still. Music and dance and culinary art appear and vanish, ebbing away while we enjoy them. But painting and drawing, sculpture and architecture, stay where they a...

We are very excited to sponsor the inaugural Catholic School Leaders' Summit!See speakers and schedule here: https://mai...
05/28/2019
Catholic School Leader's Summit — July 2019

We are very excited to sponsor the inaugural Catholic School Leaders' Summit!

See speakers and schedule here: https://mailchi.mp/b648079c709d/mcl-summit-1294749

Catholic educators share the vital mission of providing what the Church describes as an “integral education of the human person.” What guidance does the Catholic Church offer educational leaders seeking to respond to this imperative today? How can Catholic schools accomplish the integration of f...

Today we remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. May the souls of the faithful depar...
05/27/2019

Today we remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

#MemorialDay

The school year is almost over. What do you consider to be your biggest teaching win this year? Let us know in the comme...
05/24/2019

The school year is almost over. What do you consider to be your biggest teaching win this year?

Let us know in the comments!

This last Joy of the Gospel of the school year gives you lessons to help your students...✔️ Contemplate Jesus' comma...
05/23/2019

This last Joy of the Gospel of the school year gives you lessons to help your students...

✔️ Contemplate Jesus' command to preach the Gospel
✔️ Reflect on the coming of the Holy Spirit
✔️ Begin praying with Lectio Divina over the summer

Download now: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/elesson/joy-of-the-gospel

Hello from #NCCL in sunny California! 😎🌴 We're excited to share our resources with catechetical leaders from acros...
05/20/2019

Hello from #NCCL in sunny California! 😎🌴 We're excited to share our resources with catechetical leaders from across the country.

Here is a fun list to share with your students during the month of May, which is dedicated to the Blessed Mother.What is...
05/17/2019
26 Names of Mary

Here is a fun list to share with your students during the month of May, which is dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

What is your favorite name for Our Lady?

The Litany of Mary is a powerful prayer written in the Middle Ages, which is also known as the “Litany of Loreto.” There are twenty names of Mary which are called in the Litany, some of…

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.
05/16/2019

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

POLL: What elements of Catholic life would you like to incorporate more into your classroom? Share your answer in the co...
05/15/2019

POLL: What elements of Catholic life would you like to incorporate more into your classroom?

Share your answer in the comments!

A) The liturgical year
B) Devotions/prayer
C) Sacred Spaces (e.g. prayer corner)
D) Sacred Things (e.g. rosaries, crucifixes, statues, holy cards)
E) Scripture

In the words Mary spoke during the six apparitions in Fatima, each time she requested the children to pray the rosary, e...
05/13/2019
Seven Ways to Live Fatima's Message

In the words Mary spoke during the six apparitions in Fatima, each time she requested the children to pray the rosary, especially for peace in the world.

In an earlier essay on Catholic Exchange, I shared “Why We Need Fatima’s Message Today.” As we bring to a close the centenary jubilee commemorating Mary’s apparition in Fatima, Portugal spanning the months of May-October 1917, I believe it important to revisit the messages received by Lucia,...

As #TeacherAppreciationWeek comes to an end, take a moment to think about the teachers who have impacted your life. Then...
05/10/2019

As #TeacherAppreciationWeek comes to an end, take a moment to think about the teachers who have impacted your life. Then offer up a prayer for all who are called to this important vocation. 🙏✏️🍎

#ThankATeacher

05/09/2019
Sophia SketchPad: Confirmation

Its that time of year!

Show your students the Confirmation #SophiaSketchPad and they will explore...

🕊 Confirmation's connection to Pentecost
🕊 The special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that deepens and perfects baptismal grace
🕊 The mission that accompanies reception of the Sacrament

Viewing guide and other resources at: SophiaSketchPad.org

This video focuses on Confirmation, explaining the connection to Pentecost, the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that deepens and perfects baptismal gra...

"The Church needs men and women who are intent on teaching by word and example – intent on helping to permeate the who...
05/08/2019
10 Encouraging Quotes from John Paul II to Catholic School Educators

"The Church needs men and women who are intent on teaching by word and example – intent on helping to permeate the whole educational milieu with the spirit of Christ."

St. John Paul II, pray for us!

#TeacherAppreciationWeek

Pope St. John Paul II was a remarkable man for multiple reasons. He served the kingdom of God as a holy priest, rising all the way to the papacy. In his multiple roles, he drew his flock closer to …

We ❤️ teachers.To all teachers, THANK YOU for your dedication, time, and work to enlighten minds and ennoble hearts....
05/07/2019

We ❤️ teachers.

To all teachers, THANK YOU for your dedication, time, and work to enlighten minds and ennoble hearts.

#ThankATeacher #TeacherAppreciationDay

Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek! Here's a quote from St. John Paul II to kick off the week:"As teachers, you kindle in yo...
05/06/2019

Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek!

Here's a quote from St. John Paul II to kick off the week:

"As teachers, you kindle in your students a thirst for truth and wisdom. What an awesome responsibility and privilege is yours in the teaching profession."

"Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God's heart."-St. Maximilian Kolbe...
05/03/2019

"Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God's heart."

-St. Maximilian Kolbe | #MayMonthofMary www.SophiaInstituteforTeachers.org

"I'm so happy that we're now treating our faith as a central part of our family life and not as something we just drop t...
05/02/2019

"I'm so happy that we're now treating our faith as a central part of our family life and not as something we just drop the kids off to do once a week."

Learn more about our family catechesis program, A Family of Faith, here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/family-of-faith

St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us! "He was a laboring man, not only in mental and interior work, but in the ordinary ex...
05/01/2019
St. Joseph, the Model of the Active Life

St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!

"He was a laboring man, not only in mental and interior work, but in the ordinary exterior, material toil of his hands, by which he had to earn his own living and support the Holy Family."

Man’s life is neither a purely exterior life nor a purely interior one. Man is composed of body and soul and, by reason of this dual aspect of his being, has a corresponding activity in his interior as well as in his exterior life. Moreover, man does not in general lead his life in solitude, …

POLL: How often do you read #Scripture with your students?A) DailyB) 2-3 times a weekC) WeeklyD) 2-3 times a monthE) I r...
04/30/2019

POLL: How often do you read #Scripture with your students?

A) Daily
B) 2-3 times a week
C) Weekly
D) 2-3 times a month
E) I rarely/never read Scripture with my students

Let us know in the comments!

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, Doctor of the Church, visionary, mystic, and patron saint of the laity, pray for us!#...
04/29/2019

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, Doctor of the Church, visionary, mystic, and patron saint of the laity, pray for us!

#MondayMotivation | www.SophiaInstituteforTeachers.org

Divine Mercy Sunday may be the greatest day of the year because of the immeasurable amount of grace Jesus promised to po...
04/26/2019
The Great Promise of Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday may be the greatest day of the year because of the immeasurable amount of grace Jesus promised to pour forth on this day.

Divine Mercy Sunday may be the greatest day of the year because of the immeasurable amount of grace Jesus promised to pour forth on this day.

04/25/2019

Your Joy of the Gospel lessons for May are here!

This month's lessons include...

✔️ A Love Like Jesus reflection
✔️ A Symbols of the Holy Spirit activity
✔️ An Easter Code-Cracking Activity
✔️ And many other ways to bring this month's Gospel readings to life!

Download: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/elesson/joy-of-the-gospel

04/23/2019
Sophia SketchPad: Confirmation

Share this Confirmation #SophiaSketchPad with your students and they will learn...

🔥 The connection of Confirmation to Pentecost
🔥 The special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that deepens and perfects baptismal grace
🔥 The mission that accompanies reception of the Sacrament

See viewing guide and other resources at: SophiaSketchPad.org

This video focuses on Confirmation, explaining the connection to Pentecost, the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that deepens and perfects baptismal gra...

Hello from #NCEA2019, booth 1824! We are ready to greet you tomorrow and answer all your questions about our new Spirit ...
04/22/2019

Hello from #NCEA2019, booth 1824!

We are ready to greet you tomorrow and answer all your questions about our new Spirit of Truth high school theology courses, Infusing the Catholic Faith series and of course our k-8 Spirit of Truth religion books and outstanding supplements.

We even brought a few of our newest and favorite Sophia Institute Press books for purchase!

Christ is risen, alleluia!
04/21/2019

Christ is risen, alleluia!

"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
04/19/2019
Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ's Passion

"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises — in the third week of the month retreat which is dedicated to the contemplation of the Passion of our Lord — accentuates the fact that Jesus suffered all in His Passion for me… This is very intimate and personal! In other words, instead of ...

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, 'Take and e...
04/18/2019

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, 'Take and eat; this is my body.'" -Matthew 26:26

#HolyThursday

Less than a week til the start of #NCEA 2019 and exactly one week until Sophia's Jose Gonzalez gives his presentation!Ma...
04/17/2019

Less than a week til the start of #NCEA 2019 and exactly one week until Sophia's Jose Gonzalez gives his presentation!

Make sure you stop by our booth to see samples of our latest teaching materials including: Infusing the Catholic Faith and Spirit of Truth High School.

"The Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience." -St. Augustine
04/12/2019

"The Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience." -St. Augustine

We can't wait to visit Chicago from 4/23 to 4/25 for the #NCEA2019 Convention & Expo! Will you be there?Mark your calend...
04/11/2019

We can't wait to visit Chicago from 4/23 to 4/25 for the #NCEA2019 Convention & Expo! Will you be there?

Mark your calendar for a talk from our very own Jose Gonzalez on "Creativity and Compassion: Sharing the Gospel with Non-Catholic Learners."

Talk details 👇
Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: W193A
Room Setup: Theatre

Neat insight to share with your students as we approach Holy Week.
04/10/2019
Why do Catholics cover crucifixes and statues during Lent?

Neat insight to share with your students as we approach Holy Week.

It seems strange that during the most sacred time of year Catholics cover everything that is beautiful in their churches, even the crucifix. Shouldn’t we be looking at the painful scene at Calvary …

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