Spirituality

Jesus and the prophets warn against acquiring ever more ‘stuff’

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains how in this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus invites us to seek life by giving of ourselves in love. By emptying ourselves of possessions we will find the path to life, the path of peace.

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

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Christians aren’t greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says

"We don't have the power to condemn our brother who makes a mistake, we are not above him. Rather we have a duty to return him to the dignity of a son of the father and to accompany him on his path of conversion," the pope said.

The welder’s guide to spiritual healing

Gina Christian sees the craft of welding -- skillfully using high heat to fuse purified metals -- as an allegory for allowing God to heal our hardships and heartbreaks so we may become strong at our broken places.

Your parish or mine? Family splits up over Sunday Mass

A reader is saddened that attending Mass together as a family is "a thing of the past" because of parish liturgical practices. She seeks a resolution, and Father Ken Doyle provides one in his weekly Q & A column.

Let your light shine by doing good, shunning jealousy, pope says

Good works "do not keep well in the fridge," Pope Francis said; they need to be shared the minute there is a need.

What we can learn from a Gospel bad guy

Jesus tells the story of the dishonest servant not so we can emulate his devotion to wealth but to show the value of zeal in becoming the Lord’s disciple, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on this Sunday’s readings for Mass.

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

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Dad is old and sick; is dialysis morally required?

Father Ken Doyle answers a reader's question about the Catholic ethical teaching on extraordinary medical treatments near the end of life. He also writes on welcome, and caution, when a "scruffy fellow" attends Mass.

Why Catholics relate to Mary, our Mother

Father John Catoir recalls the perfect answer to the question of why Catholics believe so strongly in praying to Mary as the way to her Son, Jesus: "If you want to get to the Man, you get to the Mother."