Spiritual Reflections: Getting the power of the kingdoms of the world demands turning one’s back on God and the human vocation to love.
2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress: "That's why we are here today — this congress is different from any other. We've never been in a time where we feel so divided in conflict with one another," Msgr. Raymond G. East told the crowd. "People apart, different ideas and ideologies, expressions of faith and political realities. But today I hope that we can deal with God's politics."
Faith and Justice: For me, Lent is all about the weekday Scripture readings. Without reflecting on the Scriptures, it is almost impossible to become an adult Christian.
Good-bye to Clementine: Dogs are not conducive to everyone's spirituality, but I feel very close to God and his creation when I am with my dogs.
The Peace Pulpit: We have a feeling that yes, in an abstract way, God must love me, but sometimes I do worry, any one of us.
Like the people of Israel freed from the bondage of slavery, Christians are called to experience the path toward hope and new life during the Lenten season, Pope Francis said.
Through his passion, death and resurrection, Jesus "has opened up for us a way that leads to a full, eternal and blessed life," the pope said at his weekly general audience March 1, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent for Latin-rite Catholics.
"Lent lives within this dynamic: Christ precedes us with his exodus and we cross the desert, thanks to him and behind him," he said.
NCR Today: Pope Francis is our best resource in making it clear what is important for living a good Christian life.
Why do the innocent have to suffer and die? Why is God silent? It is that silence that gives the novel its title.
Lent 2017: For centuries during Lent, Christians have sought to grow closer to God through praying, fasting and giving to the poor. Now they can also mark the 40-day period of penitence that precedes Easter by posting pictures to Instagram, reading a regular reflection in their email or watching a priest answer questions on Facebook Live.
Eco Catholic: There are many kinds of wilderness, both natural places, like the desert or the bottom of the sea, or internal, wild ones. We can learn from both.