Spirituality

Pope: Small acts of kindness, not great speeches, show God’s love best

"When Jesus wants to teach us how a Christian should be, he tells us very little," the pope said, but he shows people by feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger.

We’re on a mission from God: Road trips with a purpose

Each year, many Catholic universities, colleges, high schools, parishes and dioceses embark on mission trips, or service trips. Learn more about the summertime phenomenon of hitting the road in service to others.

The life-changing impact of mission trips

Usually, mission trips have a specific project in mind. But the actual work accomplished takes a back seat to the emphasis on building community. It's not "us" helping "them" but a mutual exchange that leads to solidarity.

Every Christian is a missionary

Because we have experienced "the power of the Father's infinite mercy," all Christians, by virtue of baptism, are called to go out on missionary journeys to proclaim the Gospel and "use words when necessary."

Volunteer, and find your mission in real life

Although many volunteer programs for short- or long-term missions are geared to young adults, others seek older adults with professional skills and longer life experience. Some accept entire families.

‘Forgetful Christians’ miss out on encountering Jesus, pope says

The memory of the saving power of Christ is what gives life flavor and is a source of strength for Christians, Pope Francis said.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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.

Through Christ’s body and blood, we are nourished for covenant life

The Eucharist unites us to Jesus' sacrifice, the perfect offering that sanctifies humanity itself, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Christ, present to both our senses and our faith, strengthens us in love and mercy.

Increasing Mass attendance in an era of religious decline

With fewer people coming to church, parishes are asking how to transform empty pews into full houses of worship. Our partner Catholic News Service looks at the statistics, and offers suggestions for rekindling liturgical participation.

War, hunger, ‘cultural colonization’ are forms of persecution, pope says

Persecution is the work of the devil, and while anti-Christian persecution is evident in many parts of the world, the devil also is attacking the image and likeness of God present in many other people as well, Pope Francis said.