Spiritual Reflections: Today's first reading from Isaiah and the Gospel from Mark are excellent examples of the effectiveness of God's word to realize what it announces.
Young Voices: Catholics should pay closer attention to the paychecks of people who work at their parishes. In fact, the future of the church may depend on it.
Today's three readings bring up one of most vexing issues of biblical faith. Just what religious rules and regulations does God demand we keep, and which ones can we discard? Is it possible that some of our most fervently kept laws don't even come from God?
Pope Francis has called for new ways for the journey of faith of the pilgrim people of God. By exercising the collegiality envisioned by the Second Vatican Council, he has encouraged the Synod of Bishops on the family to participate in open discussions on the various issues. As we await the second session of this synod, it seems particularly valuable to benefit from the 2014 document issued by the International Theological Commission, "Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church."
Despite the support, half of Americans and a third of Catholics are unaware of Francis' upcoming U.S. visit, a new survey finds.
Soul Seeing: "Thank you," I wrote to my dying dad in 1976. "Thank you for raising me on the farm."
At the Intersection: My move to the City of Brotherly Love that is currently more like a City of Strangers has prompted me to remember the social significance of church.
Three German Catholic theology students prepared their own version of the official Vatican questionnaire for the Synod of Bishops on the family. More than 12,000 Catholics from 42 countries responded.
Many theology and science teachers at three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Nashville will be incorporating "Laudato Si'" into their curriculum this school year.
"This saying is hard! Who can accept it?" That's the first-century public reaction to what Jesus was teaching in the Bread of Life discourse, but many women may well say the same of some of the ideas in the Letter to the Ephesians.