Spirituality

Temptation is a fact of life; no one is immune to sin, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Temptation is a normal part of life's struggle, and anyone who claims to be immune from it is either a little angel visiting from heaven or "a bit of an idiot," Pope Francis said.

Daughter joins Protestant church, dad wrings his hands

A Catholic father is kept up at night over his Catholic daughter marrying a Lutheran man. Rest easily, advises Father Ken Doyle, since her apparently devout Christian faith and marriage can lead her to heaven.

Pope: Better to eat humble pie than let anger harden the heart

Holding onto one's hatred and anger, instead of taking the first step toward peace, only renders people "isolated in this bitter broth of our resentment," Pope Francis said at a morning Mass Jan. 24.

Make the choice to walk in hope

Columnist Father William Byron, S.J., writes that hope is the pillar of the world. Because of it, the person of hope is a lot stronger than he or she might think.

How to fit pre-Cana prep in a long-distance romance

Father Ken Doyle advises a man who wants to marry a woman from the Philippines back in the U.S. that it might not take a six-month preparation process prior to the Catholic wedding. Also, he suggests teaching children a neglected prayer to God: an act of thanksgiving.

Divisions among Christians are ‘a scandal,’ pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The divisions that exist among Christians are a source of pain and scandal, and damage the credibility and work of spreading the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

After Christmas, now the Ordinary – and the sacred

Michelle Donnay notices that beneath the house dusting and winter vegetables of Ordinary Time, there lies the poetic mysticism of everyday life.

On Christ’s sufferings and the shake of peace

Father Ken Doyle explains how our own sufferings, like St. Paul, join with Christ's sufferings and his mission of redemption. The columnist also answers a question about withholding a handshake at Mass.

Authority in preaching comes from loving like Jesus did, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The authority of Jesus' teaching seemed "new" to the people of his day, not because of its content, but because of the love and respect with which Jesus spoke, Pope Francis said.

Guilt-ridden grandmom wants to baptize grandson herself

Father Ken Doyle sets a well-intentioned woman straight on Catholic education, church law, and the concept of limbo, all over her non-baptized grandson.