Spirituality

In a prayerful place, find the ‘right amount of distraction’

Writing from a not-too-quiet spot outside Rome, Michelle Francl-Donnay thinks of the jackhammers at work near her office in Bryn Mawr, and is grateful to pray amidst just a bit of blessed sounds.

The Divine Gardener seeks to plant his Word into our hearts

It's the time of year for harvesting summer fruits and veggies from plants started in spring. Msgr. Joseph Prior looks at the parable of the sower and its invitation to open our hearts to God.

Readings of the holy Mass – Fifteenth 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.

Praise God when you have to go

Writer Gina Christian finds it’s fitting to praise the Lord for, and not take for granted, a seldom discussed but necessary bodily function.

To love our neighbors, we must first become aware of them

A grocery store cashier's kindness provides a spiritual lesson in becoming more aware of others, so that we can minister to their needs.

Heaven: The life of the world to come

Heaven is hard to imagine, but since we hope to be there with God for all eternity, it's worth thinking about. Our package of stories describes heaven as a state of complete happiness, being in full communion with God.

What Scripture reveals about heaven

God has prepared a place for us in his home, and nothing should keep us from our place in his house, says writer Paul Senz. He recalls the insight of St. Paul, who wrote heaven is perfect fulfillment of our deepest desire: to be in union with God.

Do we look forward to ‘the life of the world to come’?

For some, entering heaven might be boring. But Pope Benedict said such a "supreme moment of satisfaction" represents "life in the full sense, a plunging ever anew into the vastness of being, in which we are simply overwhelmed with joy."

Imagine a closer relationship with God when picturing heaven

Two theologians suggest focusing less on the idea of skyward real estate and instead looking forward to a closer relationship with God. "If we want to be happy about heaven, we have to practice the joy of being with Jesus."

Readings of the holy Mass – Fourteenth 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.