Spirituality

The call to holiness means taking the Incarnation seriously

Christ took on our very flesh, choosing to enter into our humanity with all its shortcomings and struggles. In so doing, he affirmed the goodness of this world and restored our dignity.

More than poetry, the beatitudes challenge us to be holy

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to radically refocus our priorities so that our lives become a practical witness to his love for all.

Living out the call to holiness in daily life

Through ordinary acts of self-sacrifice and charity, we can reflect God's presence in the world, drawing others to the love of Christ.

Wife sick at heart that priest didn’t visit her dying husband

Father Ken Doyle explains the duty for priests to comfort the sick entrusted to their ministry, even in a time of heavy demands. He also addresses the issue of a foreign-born pastor who is hard to understand.

We proclaim the Gospel through lives of love

Having experienced God's saving love in Christ, we are called to share the good news through everyday acts of charity, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Sixth Sunday of Easter

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.

Holy Spirit moving in church through ‘sense of the faithful’

The concept of the "sensus fidelium" represents the teaching that church leaders and the people possess a "shared spiritual instinct for the truth of the faith," as our package of reflections explains.

‘Sensus fidelium’: The sense of the faithful

Jesus' promise for the Holy Spirit to "guide you to all truth" applies to the apostles, the pope and the bishops, and to the faithful collectively. This "sense" represents a profound unity that is crucial to the church's identity.

An instinct: Always faithful

Nourished by prayer and worship, the faithful gain knowledge and understanding of the faith from the community of believers that is the church, writes Catholic catechist Daniel Mulhall.

A sacred ‘common sense’

Although Catholics may be unaware of it, they possess a kind of spiritual instinct that helps to guide the church. John Henry Newman described a "breathing together" of church teaching and people's lived experience.