Spirituality

In his resurrection, Jesus leads us through sufferings to new life

Although our lives may feel like we are part of the passion of Jesus, he has risen from the dead. He has unlocked the gates of life and has welcomed us in, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on the readings for Easter Sunday.

Don’t clean up Calvary: The bloody, saving reality of Christ’s crucifixion

While modern Christians often prefer a sanitized cross -- or none at all -- a medical look at Christ's specific sufferings during crucifixion reveals the depths of his agony and his love, writes Gina Christian.

What will we sing in heaven?

In Easter, we rise with Christ and gain a foretaste of our heavenly reward. So the "holy, holy, holy," the "Gloria" and the "Alleluia" are a foretaste of the music of heaven, writes a Dominican priest.

Journey into hope: Let him roll back our stones this Easter

During a time in which mental health crises have skyrocketed, perhaps our call this Easter is to talk about hope and reveal the seed who plants himself in the hearts of each one of us, writes Lindsey Weishar.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

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.

Healing from hurt comes with embracing God’s love

St. Paul "invites us to dredge up all the anguish nestled in our heart, the sadness, fears, difficulties" and guilt and confront it knowing "that God loves me," said a cardinal preaching a retreat to the pope and his advisers.

Crowding around Jesus, or standing with him?

During his earthly ministry, Jesus was followed by large groups of people, several of whom ultimately called for his death. But only those who truly recognized Christ could be called disciples, writes Gina Christian.

The present tense of that long-ago crucifixion

The reality of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, which we hear in this Palm Sunday's Gospel, permeates through time so that his healing and mercy are accomplished for us, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Fifth Sunday of Lent

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.

‘Judgment’ on the world culminates in Jesus’ hour at the cross

Msgr. Joseph Prior comments on the Fifth Sunday of Lent in which Jesus prepares his disciples for his coming passion and death on the cross, which redeems the world in love and mercy.