3-Minute Retreats

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The First to Throw a Stone

Joe Paprocki shares his reflection on today’s retreat:

I can’t help but think that social media has made it so much easier for us to throw stones. Perhaps because we are communicating in cyberspace, we think that our comments are simply “cyber-stones” that won’t really hurt. Unfortunately, harsh words shared through social media have no less effect on others than the traditional “stones” we throw. The only difference is that we can now hide behind our devices. 

The Eighth Commandment calls us to show respect for the reputation of others, to practice restraint in our comments lest we rush to judgment about others, and to avoid calumny or the harming of another’s reputation. I pray that we might let go of all of the stones we are tempted to throw—especially in our social media interactions—so that we might contribute to a culture that shows respect for others and humility for ourselves.


Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than thirty years.

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Books by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Vivir los sacramentos

Encontrar a Dios en la intersección de cielo y tierra

Joe Paprocki desmitifica los sacramentos de la Iglesia Católica, presentándolos no como eventos independientes sino como una forma de vida que se ha de experimentar cada día.

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Living the Sacraments

Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth

Free Discussion Guide Available for Download. Joe Paprocki demystifies the Catholic sacraments and presents them as a way of life to be experienced each day, rather than as standalone events.

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The RCIA Kit

Prepare your candidates and equip sponsors and catechists for the journey toward Christian initiation. Kit includes: Living the Sacraments, Practice Makes Catholic, and A Well-Built Faith by Joe Paprocki.

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