When times are hard, change your mindset and trust God

Guest columnist Patti Lamb describes how to navigate the "faith valleys" of life -- dark places where God seems far away, or even absent. By looking beyond our circumstances, and keeping our eyes on the Lord who holds the future, we can find peace and purpose.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Thirty-first 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.

Love of God and neighbor builds a kingdom for all

Jesus calls us to a concrete way of life that is completely centered on God, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. In loving the Lord with all our being, we are able to love others and invite them to recognize the divine King.

Lord of the dance leads us to listen more deeply

A popular video game and dance craze remind Gina Christian how we often miss the beat when we disagree with each other. By listening and asking the right questions, we can regain our balance.

Single Catholics feel shut out by the church

Father Ken Doyle couldn't agree more with a reader who wonders why parishes don't pray for single people, or assume they have "no other obligations." They deserve regular mention in the public prayers of the church.

Vietnamese priest knows rosary is lifeline for migrants on the run

Vincentian Father Michael Nguyen tells how his mother sent him on the ocean with 53 boat people, along with a rosary. Both then and now in America, he prays the rosary often to know and to trust in God.

Building up the body of Christ through ecumenism

Efforts to unite Christians across denominations have deep historical and theological roots. In this set of articles from our partner Catholic News Service, we survey ecumenism over the past century, and look at pastoral strategies for gathering the body of Christ into one.

The long, steady journey to Christian unity

Many Catholics and Protestants may be surprised at how far ecumenical relations have developed, and over how many decades. The search for unity among Christian denominations began long before the Second Vatican Council, and has gained new momentum in recent years.

Ecumenism puts the body of Christ to work for the world

Catholics are not alone in responding to the divine call of building up the kingdom of God, and working with other Christians to serve those in need provides a powerful witness to the love of God.

In liturgy, Jesus gives insight to our blindness, and we follow

Just as Bartimaeus asked and received a cure for his blindness, then got up and followed Jesus, so we have the same opportunity at every Sunday Mass, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior, reflecting on this Sunday's readings.