Spirituality

Jesus shows how the Father wants us to follow the law, beyond its letter

In the Sermon on the Mount in this Sunday’s Gospel, the call to love goes beyond a righteousness based on retribution, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. God loves and forgives; he calls us to do the same.

Readings of the holy Mass – Seventh 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.

When distractions come during prayer, don’t dwell on them

A reader who worries whether distractions are sinful can find comfort in the advice of Father Ken Doyle, who shares the wisdom of the saints. Father Doyle also counsels a parishioner on making donations.

Healthier, stronger marriages rooted in deep faith

There are important actions couple can take to strengthen their love. Those include going to Mass together as a couple and a family, and finding inspiration in the Bible. See our package of faith resources on marriage from our partner, Catholic News Service.

Going to Mass together: The glue of our marriage

Writer Kelly Bothum knows it would be easier to skip Mass when the kids are squirmy and tension with her husband is still simmering. Keep going, she advises. Your marriage will thank you. Much like exercise, "I always feel better after I go."

How a marriage strengthens and grows

Pope Francis has said that as metal is melted and reformed, so the crucible of family life changes a young couple. Looking back years later, they can see how they have transformed and matured, although they barely felt it.

Scriptural resources for marriage

Numerous verses in the Bible describe the attitudes and behavior that are necessary for a holy life within a community. These same attitudes and behaviors are important within a married relationship as well.

God’s law, given for our good, presents us with a choice

God invites us to life and love through his commandments, and Jesus brings the law to fulfillment then sends the Spirit to dwell in and among us, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on the readings for this Sunday's Mass.

Readings of the holy Mass – Sixth 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.

Is it wrong to go shopping on Sunday?

Answering the question of a reader who is sensitive to keeping holy the Lord's day, Father Ken Doyle says it depends on the person and the kind of shopping.