Spirituality

Christian world view: Trust in God and his love for everyone

Explaining the Scripture readings for this Sunday's Mass, Msgr. Joseph Prior invites us to consider Jesus' way of looking at the world, and to give thanks that he leads us to the Father.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Sixteenth 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 real lesson of the violin

Taking up one of the hardest instruments to play later in life can be a challenge, writes Deacon Lou Malfara. But the struggle is worth the beauty, just as suffering can lead to God-given joy.

Behold, and be changed

Scattered throughout Scripture is a constant call to look unto the Lord -- and what we see will transform us forever, writes Gina Christian.

Really getting to know Jesus should lead to amazement, pope says

Being open to God's surprises, including his presence in the "normality of our daily life," enables us to see Jesus as "one of us," said Pope Francis in a July 4 Angelus address he gave just hours ahead of colon surgery.

Martha Jane Tolton and the arms of freedom

The mother of Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first recognized African-American priest, knew the true source of liberty as Jesus Christ -- and her witness is a declaration of real independence for all, writes Gina Christian.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Fourteenth 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.

Despite ‘thorns’ in our flesh, God’s grace strengthens us

The readings of this Sunday's Mass show the obstacles faced by the prophet Ezekiel, St. Paul and Jesus, and how God's presence helped them continue their mission, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

God’s grace transforms sinners into apostles, pope says

God uses a frail person to do his will, and not by chance, "because everything has been prepared in God's plan, said Pope Francis. "He weaves our history and, if we correspond with trust to his plan of salvation, we realize it."

How to argue for love’s sake

A terse exchange on a hot-button issue reminded Gina Christian that truth is a person -- Jesus Christ, who calls us to witness to him with both kindness and conviction.