Spirituality

Acts done with love, without reward, serve the receiver and God

Jesus accepts, loves and serves those who not only are in need but who can give nothing back in return, and he calls his disciples to do the same, as Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the Gospel reading for this Sunday's Mass.

Led to joy by a mother’s tears

As Our Lady of Sorrows, Mary shows us how anguish can break open our hearts for Christ and for others, writes Gina Christian.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Twenty-fifth 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.

The ‘little apostle of the airlines’ who helped save thousands on 9/11

Twenty years ago, Debbie Jacobs Welsh, an attendant on the hijacked Flight 93, gave up her own life to spare others on the ground from certain death.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Twenty-fourth 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.

In committing our lives fully to Jesus, we adopt God’s vision of love and mercy

Because we live in a fragile and imperfect world, the opportunity and need to love and to show mercy are ever present. Msgr. Joseph Prior examines Sunday's Gospel and notes we are called, as Jesus teaches, to “love one another as I have loved you.”

A growing faith: Allowing college-aged kids to navigate their faith

Would Susan Hines-Brigger's son, going off to college for the first time, practice the faith in which he'd been raised? She'd modeled good habits and given him the tools he'd need. Now she had to let him go, but not without a prayer for him.

Our priest looks tired; can’t women deacons help?

Father Ken Doyle answers a concerned Catholic's question about the possibility of ordaining women deacons. He also replies to a question of whether the pope ever kisses a person's hand -- he does, in fact.

Use Gospel as a guide, not an ideology, pope tells Claretian Missionaries

Offering encouragement, Pope Francis told missionaries, "We can look at reality from a window or we can commit ourselves to changing it," by transforming the world and by fighting to protect human dignity and respect human rights.

Navigating storms and traffic with divine providence

Hurricanes, heartaches and even daily hassles are all opportunities to reflect on the mysterious care of the Lord, who brings good out of evil as creation is slowly but surely perfected, writes Gina Christian.