Spirituality

The ‘unfair’ generosity of God leaves no room for envy

The parable of the workers in the vineyard recalls that God's grace and mercy are undeserved -- and available to all, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

The Magnificat: Every day is karaoke night with Mary

When Mary "proclaims the greatness of the Lord," she is leading us in a chorus of response to God's call -- a singalong of praise in which we all have a voice, writes Gina Christian.

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.

Mercy can scandalize those who don’t see their own sin, pope says

Celebrating the feast of St. Matthew, the anniversary of the day when as a 17-year-old he said he was overwhelmed by God's mercy, Pope Francis said it was interesting how many Catholics today seem to be scandalized when God shows mercy to someone.

How to have hope: Pope Francis gives point-by-point guide

Continuing his series of audience talks on Christian hope, the pope gave extensive advice on how to teach people, especially young people, to remain full of hope. No matter "where God has planted you, hope. Always hope," he said.

Twice divorced woman can seek healing in the sacraments

Many divorced Catholics are under the mistaken impression that a divorce alone renders them ineligible for the sacraments, but that is not so, writes Father Ken Doyle. Unless they have remarried, they may receive Communion after first going to confession.

Don’t look away; be moved by tragedy and help, pope says

Christians, said Pope Francis, must follow Christ's example: look at reality, be moved by it and get close to those in need with the aim of restoring their dignity and supporting them so they can live their lives in a dignified way.

On Catechetical Sunday, remember we are all disciples on mission

This Sunday, Sept. 17, the church reflects on the vital role of catechists -- those who teach the faith. See our resources on how to know and live the faith so we can share Christ's love with everyone.

You’re on a mission from God — get fired up like the early Christians

Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, the first disciples brought the good news of Christ to the world. See three simple ways you too can be a missionary disciple in today's world.

Get creative — start a ministry and build community

Evangelization often calls for thinking outside the box -- or the barrel, as in the Catholic Beer Club. Identify a community need, such as single people feeling they don't belong, and respond to it, parish leaders say.