Spirituality

Joy is the true mark of a Christian, pope says at morning Mass

A Christian cannot exist without joy and a person who identifies himself or herself as Christian yet lives a sad life "is missing something," the pope said .

Jesus shows mercy without ever compromising the truth, pope says

During the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the pope focused on the Gospel reading from St. Mark in which the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a question about the lawfulness of divorce.

Seeing the beauty of a parish’s adoration chapel

Gina Christian reflects on the mystery of the Most Blessed Sacrament exposed 24 hours a day at her parish. Adorers are contented by Christ's presence but long for more, so they return, day after day, night after night.

There is new life in the Holy Trinity, and Jesus is the way to it

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity this Sunday, showing how Jesus draws us into the life and bond of love between the three divine persons.

Readings of the holy Mass – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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.

Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Piety and pity are active expressions of mercy, pope says

"For Jesus," he said, "experiencing pity means sharing the sadness of those one encounters, but at the same time, working to transform sadness into joy."

Sharing Gospel means Christians must show boundless love, pope says

Christians, especially missionaries, have to love "without limits" if they are to witness to God's greatest gift to humanity -- his life and infinite love, Pope Francis said.

Holy Spirit helps people live as brothers, sisters, pope says

"Strengthening our relationship of belonging to the Lord Jesus, the Spirit enables us to enter into a new experience of fraternity," Pope Francis said.

Daughter is dying and wants assisted suicide — what’s mom to do?

Violating the sacredness of human life is not an option, but Father Ken Doyle explains to a mother the options for pain relief and emotional support that her daughter has in the face of a terminal diagnosis.