Resources

The Church offers us a great treasure in its collection of encyclicals, documents, letters, addresses, speeches, catechisms, and other tools that aim to expand our knowledge of the faith. We invite you to make use of our online collection of resources that address various topics within the life of the Church. Our Dominican Resources section includes historical documents of the Order; information about Dominican life, the Dominican laity, and Dominican saints; and other spiritual writings by Dominicans. The Religious Life section contains links to notable documents and addresses on the topic of religious life and the Church today. The Evangelization and Catechesis Resources section contains documents on Catholic education, catechetical tools, and statements from the Church on this topic. Talks given by the Holy Father at World Youth Days and other events, as well as vocation and discernment resources are available in our Addresses to Youth section. The Additional Catholic Reading section contains a variety of areas of interest including documents from Pope Benedict XVI, articles on Our Lady, the Eucharist, the family, the media, and more. Finally, other notable resources on the web can be found in the Related Links section.

May Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great Dominican scholar, inspire your research and study.

The media offers important benefits and advantages from a religious perspective: “They carry news and information about religious events, ideas, and personalities; they serve as vehicles for evangelization and catechesis. Day in and day out, they provide inspiration, encouragement, and opportunities for worship to persons confined to their homes or to institutions.” But over and above these, there also are benefits more or less peculiar to the Internet. It offers people direct and immediate access to important religious and spiritual resources—great libraries and museums and places of worship, the teaching documents of the Magisterium, the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church and the religious wisdom of the ages. It has a remarkable capacity to overcome distance and isolation, bringing people into contact with like-minded persons of good will who join in virtual communities of faith to encourage and support one another. The Church can perform an important service to Catholics and non-Catholics alike by the selection and transmission of useful data in this medium. (The Church and the Internet, 5)