Spirituality

Readings of the Holy Mass – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Hitting the right notes with music at Mass

Music plays an important, but often misunderstood, role in Catholic liturgy. In a set of articles we look at how parishes can improve their music at Mass to give glory to God.

How Catholic parishes can develop good worship music

Liturgical music deserves more time, attention and funding, says a Dominican friar. Worshiping God through the spoken word and in praise clothed with beautiful music is two-way gift.

Music ministers advise how to get the congregation singing

Parish music ministers must select hymns that fit both the congregation and the liturgy, while working to evangelize through song.

God looks for disciples among the dregs of society, pope says

God went looking for and chose so many Christians and saints from the dregs of society, inviting some of the worst sinners to be his disciples, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

True discipleship demands that we lay down our lives for others

Following Jesus requires self-sacrifice, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Although some believers are called to take great risks, most of us must simply die to self in everyday ways so that we can serve those around us.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Divorce alone does not disqualify a Catholic from receiving holy Communion

Father Kenneth Doyle advises a recently divorced reader about the Eucharist, chastity and dating. He counsels a second reader on how to encourage loved ones to attend Sunday Mass, without being judgmental.

When devil is unleashed, humility is the only weapon, pope says

When unjustly insulted and accused, Jesus showed his power and authority not by admonishing others but by being humble and meek, Pope Francis said.

Faith in Christ isn’t professed in words but in deeds, pope says

True followers of Jesus profess their faith not through pre-packaged platitudes but rather through concrete actions of love for their neighbors, Pope Francis said.