Spirituality

Preaching must awaken souls, not put them to sleep, pope says

Preaching long, spiritually empty homilies can reduce the Word of God to a mere set of abstract concepts that fail to awaken one's soul, Pope Francis said, reflecting on the Gospel passage of Jesus preaching for the first time.

The mean streets cry out for the Gospel of hope

An interview with teen victims of the city's gun violence crisis reminds Gina Christian how desperately the world needs the Good News, which believers in Christ must share with all.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Gospels tell the good news of God’s action among us

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains how this Sunday's Gospel, like the week previous and those to follow, detail Jesus' saving acts and words among all people, which is good news indeed for us today.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Be amazed at the ‘wow’ of God’s gifts of love

Msgr. Joseph Prior sees in Jesus' miracle of the wedding at Cana a cause for amazement at how God gives lavishly so his plan of love can be accomplished for all.

Readings of the Holy Mass – The Baptism of the Lord

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.

As with Jesus, work for justice and freedom begins with baptism

This Sunday's observance of the Baptism of Lord, ending the Christmas season, shows how Jesus' ministry begins with his being filled with the Holy Spirit, as does ours today.

A new song for an old and weary world

A country music hit reminds Gina Christian that we're called more than ever to lift up Christ amid increasing violence, sickness, tragedy and confusion.

Jesus is answer to ‘crisis of faith’ in society, pope says on Epiphany

Christians must allow themselves to be "unsettled by the questions of our children, and by the doubts, hopes and desires of the men and women of our time," Pope Francis said.