Spirituality

Communion, confession and knitting in prayer

In this week's Q & A column, Father Ken Doyle comforts a teen upset over a mortal sin and eases a mom distracted in prayer while viewing the Mass at home on TV.

Be alert, wait in hope of the Lord as Advent begins

Msgr. Joseph Prior writes that with Advent we begin the season of hope -- not in an ideal but in the person of Jesus, whose return moves forward in joy and peace.

Readings of the Holy Mass – First Sunday of Advent

Read, listen to or watch videos of the Mass readings with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Advent Week 1: Seeking the face of God? Look around you

For many, 2021 can't come soon enough. But as the year comes to a close the church begins a new year Nov. 29 with Advent -- a time to "straighten out" our lives, and our world.

Advent Week 1: A collection of Advent poems

Writer Shemaiah Gonzalez offers three reflections in verse of the first week of Advent - a time when the wait for the unseen miracle of Jesus' coming is nearly over.

Advent’s call to discipleship, and what that means

Effie Caldarola admires Jesus and hopes his teachings make an impact in daily life, but is she a disciple or merely a fan? She offers recent examples of people who were "all in" for Jesus.

How to redeem Thanksgiving at a difficult moment

For Indigenous peoples, the traditional American holiday is a painful reminder of centuries of suffering, writes Gina Christian. Grace and humility can enable us to embrace this complex occasion in its fullness, and to strive for compassion and justice.

Readings of the Holy Mass – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Read, listen to or watch videos of the Mass readings with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Haunted by martyrs in a month of saints

The "most intimidating sort of saint" for Gina Christian is one who laid down his or her life (often after horrific tortures) for the faith. Such courageous witness continues today, as some 300 million Christians currently suffer persecution.

Some saintly tips on handling distractions in prayer

Father Ken Doyle offers sage advice, from St. Therese and St. Francis, to a reader having trouble concentrating in prayer due to the swirl of stressful news.