Spirituality

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.

Heaven is an encounter with Jesus, not a boring waiting room, pope says

During his weekday homily April 27, Pope Francis said that during our active journey to encounter Jesus in heaven, he "isn't sitting there waiting, but ... he works for us," preparing a place for us.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Fifth 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.

Life in the vine yields a rich harvest of fruit

Jesus uses the image of a vine and its branches to describe our relationship with him, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Through word and sacrament, we remain in his love and become living witnesses of the Gospel.

Holy smoke — must a church use so much incense?

Father Ken Doyle answers a reader who is incensed at the use of smoke to symbolize our rising prayers at Mass. Also, he addresses whether it is right to give money to beggars on the street.

The logic of sports and life

Sports and spiritual life resemble each other in notable ways that caught St. Paul's attention in his First Letter to the Corinthians, in which he urged Corinth's Christians to "run so as to win," an image of athletes training for the ancient Isthmian Games.

Women, sports and spirituality

This year's March Madness collegiate basketball tournament showcased women with confidence, strength and zeal who captured the nation's attention when the men and their brackets usually rule.

‘Play reminds us of joy, the joy of the Lord’

Now that two Catholic schools, Notre Dame University and Villanova University, have won the Division I national championships in women's and men's basketball, perhaps it is time to give some thought to what difference a Catholic approach to sport makes.

Sports and spirituality: Run so as to win

Sports -- professional, amateur and recreational -- are a big part of the culture in America and worldwide. Our package of reflections on the topic examines the healthy link between the physical and the spiritual.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Fourth 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.