In the following selections from his homilies and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »
Boanerges, or “sons of thunder,” aptly described Jesus’ impetuous disciples James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). James and John, who were fishermen when Jesus called them, were prominent among the twelve disciples. Continue »
We can do whatever God asks of us because Jesus has given us his divine strength.
One of the most promising—and intriguing—passages in the New Testament is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Continue »
How can all of us, everyday people who have no special training, become zealous evangelists?
In their recent book "Sharing the Faith That You Love", popular Catholic authors and evangelists John and Therese Boucher share episodes from their own lives that illustrate how God works in us and through us when we open ourselves to his grace and to the leadings of his Spirit: Continue »
Kateri Tekakwitha burned with white-hot zeal, as the Holy Spirit led her in the way of mercy, steadfast love, and a humble walk with her God.
In the frigid predawn darkness, a lone figure stood immobile in the snow: a young woman, oblivious to the cold, oblivious to the hour, alone with her God. She was just twenty-four years old, and her fragile health was failing. But her health had never been good, so why mind that now? What were these present sufferings compared to the life that awaited her? Continue »
As the years go by, I become more and more awed by the gifts that God has given to so many of us all over the world. He gave them to teach, to strengthen, to heal, and to equip us for the building up of the body of Christ. Continue »
“Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) Continue »
St. Paul’s life still speaks to us today
The man whom Bible readers know by both the Semitic name “Saul” and the Greco-Roman name “Paul” was born into a setting that dovetailed two dramatically different cultures: the Judaism of Jerusalem and the Greco-Roman world of Damascus. Continue »
Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.
The fruits of Confession are manifold and profound. We experience them primarily in the order of grace. Sometimes we notice an immediate improvement in our prayer. Sometimes we sense renewed strength in our moral struggles—against gossip, say, or a negative attitude, or a critical spirit. Continue »
The Church recalls and celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist each year on June 24.
Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (Luke 1:13) Continue »
While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Joe and his wife, Julie, listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that each of you know what things are important to your spouse.” Continue »
We’re Invited to Join Jesus in His Secret Place of Prayer
And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35) Continue »
Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One
In the course of the next five years, many of us will experience the loss of a loved one. Maybe our parents are getting up in years. We may lose our husband or wife. Perhaps a close friend will become seriously ill. Continue »
Reflections from the Saints on the God’s Great Gift to Us of the Eucharist
Those who receive Communion lose themselves in God like a drop of water in the ocean: It’s impossible to separate them anymore. . . . In these vast depths of love, there’s enough to lose yourself for eternity.—St. John Vianney Continue »