Spirituality

Do the mentally ill feel the graced grasp of God?

Many people know the pain of mental illness, including their caregivers and friends. Gina Christian hopes for the luminous divine presence among these people in shadow, especially through loving human relationships.

Gate to eternal life is narrow, but Jesus invites us through

We might need to leave some things behind and travel carefully through the gate, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior, commenting on this Sunday’s Gospel passage. The gate to a life of love is open to all.

Readings of the holy Mass – Twenty-first 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.

Rest on the Sabbath, at least in the spirit of the catechism

A reader wonders whether gardening and doing household chores on Sunday violates the Third Commandment. They generally don't, replies Father Ken Doyle, but he cautions: don't forget about going to Mass.

Don’t get used to evil — confront it with strength

When Gina Christian is tempted to “get back to normal” after news of a terror attack, she recalls the story of Jesus’ cure of a man possessed by a demon -- a story of graceful strength, not pious passivity.

Stay committed to the mission, and the cross, of love

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the readings for this Sunday’s Mass and how Jesus and Jeremiah show us the demanding yet ultimately rewarding path of love and life.

Readings of the holy Mass – Twentieth 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.

On the cusp of the Olympics, a lesson on running to win

Msgr. Joseph Prior recalls a scene from a famous movie and St. Paul's Olympics-themed metaphor for how we should train and race for the ultimate prize: eternal life in heaven, and freedom from fear on earth.

Readings of the holy Mass – Nineteenth 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.

Live in virtue for a life worth remembering

Msgr. Joseph Prior reflects on this Sunday’s Scripture readings that teach how to put the things of this world into perspective, and to seek the things above.