Spirituality

In science and faith, a meeting place for the everyday and the extraordinary

What would you say to the pope? Scientist Michelle Francl-Donnay chose to thank Pope Francis for elevating the feast of St. Mary Magdalen (July 22), which both surprised the pontiff and made him laugh.

Come, Lord Jesus — and before lunch if possible

Gina Christian would like to be whisked away during an interminable business meeting but she knows “the rapture” and its easy-way-out-of-suffering doesn’t square with Catholic teaching to keep watch for the Master.

Understanding the prayer that Jesus taught us

The relationship between God the loving Father and we his children, described in the “Our Father,” is strengthened so that we can experience the fullness of life that he offers, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

Readings of the holy Mass – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Reader confesses to missing the Confiteor at Mass

Father Ken Doyle explains that the Mass offers a priest celebrant several options for the people to express their sins and ask God to "have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life."

Marian apparitions: Determining what is ‘worthy of belief’

It can take centuries for the church to approve a reported apparition. Church leaders consider Christians' desire for tangible signs of faith and the skepticism many people hold for "supernatural" phenomena.

Devotion to Mary stems from earliest days of the church

Marian devotions and apparitions -- including one in Wisconsin -- should express the love within the Holy Trinity and encourage Christians to witness to the saving message of Jesus, writes catechist Daniel Mulhall.

Miraculous Medal reminds us to stay close to Jesus

While the medal that writer Kelly Bothum received 30 years ago is gone, she never lost her belief in the power of Marian apparitions like the one witnessed by St. Catherine, to whom Mary revealed the medal.

Mary’s appearances on Earth lead all to belief in Christ

Although Marian apparitions have been reported in the thousands, the Vatican has authenticated fewer than 20. See our package of stories on the link between apparitions, devotion to Mary and the path to her Son.

Hospitality and its ‘better part,’ prayer, keep us on road to God

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains two important aspects of Christian discipleship in the readings for this Sunday's liturgy. Both lead us on the path and the destination of love.