Spirituality

Mysticism and the modern believer

Mysticism is essentially a profound communion with God and his creation. In this series of articles, we look at how the mystical experience is as relevant today as it was in earlier ages.

Mysticism is found in the everyday experience of God

Modern Christians tend to think of mystics as belonging to earlier times, but the mystical encounter occurs in the here and now of our daily lives.

From the Middle Ages to modern times, mystics call us to intimacy with God

The Middle Ages produced a number of high-profile mystics, but even in modern, skeptical times, we can experience a deep relationship with the invisible God.

Embracing (if not understanding) what mystics share with us

St. Teresa of Avila's mystical experiences defy worldly logic, but open the door for all to encounter God more deeply.

Another look at cellphones in church

Father Doyle takes a second look at mobile devices in Mass, and agrees that several prayer apps can help one prepare more fully for the liturgy. He also reassures a reader that her daughter was validly baptized, despite the priest's subsequent suicide.

God’s perfect love drives out all fear of abandonment

Sin, heartbreak, and death leave us frightened and alone. As Msgr. Joseph Prior explains, Christ reveals the Father's perfect love for us, which transcends all isolation and fear, leading us to new and joyous life.

Readings of the holy Mass – Twelfth 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.

There’s no place like heaven, even if it isn’t a ‘place’

A reader is distressed over Father Ken Doyle's earlier explanation of the afterlife, sans the golden gate. It's a misreading of his advice, the priest assures, because he wants to get to heaven, too.

Rosary prayer unites life with Christ, pope says in video message

"This simple prayer, in fact, helps us to contemplate all that God in his love has done for us and for our salvation and helps us understand that our life is united to Christ's," the pope said in a video message June 18 to pilgrims of the Ta Pinu Marian Shrine in Gozo, Malta.

Understanding Dad: A Father’s Day reflection

Fatherhood -- like all parenthood -- is a vocation, a call from God. We look at a father's complex and multifaceted role, examine references to fatherhood in the Bible and hear from fathers today.