Spirituality

Virtual rosary Oct. 7 aims to unite Catholics in ‘moment of prayer’ for nation

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a "moment of prayer" to unite Catholics across the country at a time when there is "much unrest and uncertainty" in the U.S.

Don’t fix the world – until you first love it

Looking at people as if they were problems to be solved isn't what Jesus meant by the corporal works of mercy, writes Gina Christian. Instead, Christ invites us to first enter into others' suffering, and to "care before curing."

Conversion is a daily battle fueled by grace, pope says

"Changing the heart is a process" that is at times painful, said Pope Francis during Masses he celebrated throughout the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27.

Listening opens the door to love

Through humility and obedience, we can hear God calling us into relationship with him and with others, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on the readings for this Sunday's Mass.

Readings of the Holy Mass – 26th 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.

Amid protests, healing for wounded hearts

With demonstrators for many causes filling city streets, Gina Christian reflects on Christ's promise to bind the wounds that drive us to cry out for redemption.

Amid a world in chaos, is suicide still a mortal sin?

Father Kenneth Doyle counsels a reader who asks if it's wrong to end one's life after losing everything to COVID and natural disasters. In response to a second reader, he clarifies what it really means to forgive.

All things hold together in Christ, even when you’re falling apart

Pandemic, protests and politics have left many frazzled and frayed, but St. Paul and a few physicists remind us God's love is the glue that eternally binds creation, writes Gina Christian.

Readings of the Holy Mass – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

God’s love and mercy more lavish than we can imagine

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the parable of the rich landowner hiring workers throughout the day as a sign of God pouring out his love beyond what we expect or deserve.