Spirituality

Young adult ministry: What works?

Outreach to young adults has to stay in constant motion and offer a variety of ways for people to connect -- including dodgeball. But Christ himself turns out to be the most attractive element.

Listening, not lecturing: Pope Francis and young people

For a world that's looking for a new way of living, Pope Francis is hoping that an invitation to young people might have a similar outcome to that of a ragtag gang of young fishermen in Galilee 2,000 years ago.

Reaching young people on social media

Via streaming video on the internet, people consume what they want, when they want. Our Catholic ancestors evangelized by adapting to the times, and now it's our turn, writes a social media strategist.

Should Baptist woman convert before marrying Catholic man?

Since marrying and becoming Catholic are two different commitments, Father Ken Doyle advises that the wife-to-be marry first then take the requisite time to enter the Catholic Church.

Disdain for Trump leads to trauma in confessional

A reader describes some harsh treatment by a confessor, who Father Ken Doyle calls "out of line" for bringing politics into the sacrament of penance.

Jesus’ mission of mercy continues, thanks to the Spirit

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the solemnity of Pentecost, which celebrates God’s gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within everyone. The church's members are called to share God's love and mercy.

Readings of the holy Mass — Pentecost Sunday

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.

A seat at the table of the Lord

The constant barrage of food ads and television shows feed a "food obsession." Yet food connects us to our beliefs and ancestors. In this package we dig into the lessons of a shared meal in the Bible and among families, and trace the spiritual significance of our daily bread.

When a Catholic foodie isn’t eating, he’s talking about eating

Sharing a meal is "one of the most intimate acts you can have," says Catholic food blogger Jeff Young. From the Bible to his grandparents' house to his own, he sees the power of the dinner table.

Food in Scripture: A sign of God’s love and steadfastness

Food can be misused just as any earthly good can. It is not misused if we recognize it as a gift from God: an opportunity to be giving, to make sacrifice, to grow in holiness.