Spirituality

Discernment is listening for God in the real world

Prayer and action go hand in hand when you are trying to understand God’s will for your life. Through reflection, Scripture and engagement with others, the Lord's voice can be heard, and peace can be found when we respond to his call.

Holy Spirit ‘brings order to our frenzy,’ pope says

During a Pentecost homily, Pope Francis said that the Holy Spirit is a "specialist in creating diversity, richness" while also bringing harmony and unity to diversity. Humble service to others is evidence of the Spirit's presence in one's life, he added.

Pentecost celebrates ‘gifts that from the Spirit flow’

This weekend Catholics will celebrate the feast of Pentecost, recalling the grace-filled gifts of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Christian Church.

A holy fire poured out like water

In fire and rain, the Spirit of the living God enfolds us and his love consumes the depths of our being, writes Gina Christian. At Pentecost she prays we may be scorched and soaked anew by this Comforter.

Called and gifted by the Spirit, we share in the mission of the church

Although the third person of the Trinity has always been present in human history, Pentecost reveals him in his fullness, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Formed by the Spirit, we live the proclamation of God's love, not only in word but in action, thought and desire.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Pentecost Sunday

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.

Forgiveness, the Holy Spirit’s gift to be given to others

Made in the image of God, we have a divine capacity for forgiveness, writes Mary Marracco. Unforgiveness is unhealthy, but we can be re-created by receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and gifting forgiveness to others.

‘Come, Holy Spirit’

One of the more striking medieval texts in the Roman Missal, "Veni Sancte Spiritus," is a poem that reminds writer Shemaiah Gonzalez to call on the Spirit and he will be near in our time of need.

Pains of divorce, cries of tots ring through church

Father Ken Doyle advises a mother seeking support from her parish as she deals with post-partum depression and rammy children, while he sensitively answers another reader on life in the church after a marriage breakup.

Renewal begins on the peripheries

Amidst of every season of crisis in the church, the Holy Spirit has provided renewal, writes Father Eric J. Banecker. This revival usually has its origins on life's edges, where the poor and the marginalized are found, and where the Spirit has free reign.