Spirituality

God, the giver of the seed, guarantees its growth

Through our faith in him, the Lord works silently and steadily in our lives, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Acknowledging God’s hidden activity leads us to respond with gratitude and conversion.

Graduation: A time for discernment before stepping forward

The transition from one phase of life to the next, especially after graduation, offers the opportunity for reflection and our package of stories presents some fruitful ways to do just that. 

Three tips for reflecting on life’s highlights before moving on

Father Geoffrey Brooke offers an easy way of including God in our decision-making process before entering the next phase in life. The first step is a personal examination of conscience.

Recent graduates describe service in ‘gap years’

Before starting higher education or working, the experiences of volunteering for a year can shape recent graduates' worldviews and faith lives. Three grads tell how their lives were enriched helping others.

A prayer for graduates

The grueling exams are finished but ahead lies a whole new set of tests and challenges, surprises and gifts. Effie Caldarola writes a prayer that graduates would do well to offer to the Lord as they reach a turning point in life.

Sage advice for graduates: Read books

Noted columnist Peggy Noonan told Catholic University of America graduates that not only will reading -- not just watching screens -- help them think deeply and lead well, but "civilization depends on it."

Readings of the Holy Mass – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Taking communion in a Protestant church? Basically, no

Father Ken Doyle in his weekly Q&A column replies to a Catholic man inquiring about communion in his wife's Methodist church. Also, Father Doyle replies to a reader's question about the pope's security detail.

‘Great forger’ wants to lead us astray from fullness of life with God

In his commentary on the readings for this Sunday's Mass, Msgr. Joseph Prior unpacks the story of the fall of Adam and Eve, and how Jesus restores us to the harmony of God's plan for us as disciples in his family.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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