Spirituality

The Liturgical calendar: Growing in Jesus through the years

As one liturgical year ends this Sunday and a new one begins in Advent the following Sunday, Jesuit Father Fran Gillespie shows how the rhythms of a calendar offer opportunities for spiritual growth.

Did Judas receive Communion at Last Supper?

In reply to a reader, Father Ken Doyle explains the doubt as to whether Judas was present when Jesus instituted the Eucharist, and what Judas' unworthy reception might mean.

Jesus dispels the fog of worry with the light of his love

Anxieties and concerns can cloud our vision like the morning mist, making it difficult to move forward in life, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. The Lord shines through the gloom, burning away our fears and restoring our vision of a bright future in him.

Readings of the Holy Mass: Thirty-third 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.

Can you stand at Mass to protest church teaching?

Father Kenneth Doyle advises a reader regarding a demonstration in support of same-sex unions that took place during a liturgy. In response to another question, he counsels a single woman who longs to adopt a child.

The real story we’re all called to write

A faded copy of an old Catholic newspaper reminds a discouraged Gina Christian that the big headline is the eternal love of Christ -- a message the faithful share in often ordinary ways, across generations.

Don’t join devil’s game of jealousy, pope says at Mass

The devil is real and is so jealous of Jesus and the salvation Jesus offers that he tries everything he can to divide people and make them attack each other, Pope Francis said.

Readings of the Holy Mass: Thirty-second 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.

Risen Jesus lights our way to eternal life with him

Like a sea of candles in a dark night, God's faithful people look to the light of Jesus' victory over death and his resurrection as the source of hope on our earthly journey, comments Msgr. Joseph Prior on this Sunday's Scriptures.

Don’t just hang in there — hold on

A coworker's advice reminds Gina Christian that grasping God's hand, especially when our own grip is failing, draws us into a divine embrace that lifts us out of everyday existence.