Special Intentions for September
Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »
Witness of the Lord
In ancient times, when a king traveled from place to place, messengers ran ahead to announce his coming and encourage the people to prepare to receive the royal visitor. Messengers did not take this role upon themselves, but were appointed to it. So too was John an envoy, a herald chosen by God to announce his reign and the imminent coming of his Son. Continue »
The Lord who called Matthew is calling you, too.
We read that Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, “saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20). Continue »
An excerpt from "The Quick Reference Guide to the Catholic Bible"
Although there are seventy-three books in the Bible, certain themes unify the Scriptures. Continue »
On this Feast of the Assumption, let her song of praise teach you how to pray.
Mary’s Song, called the Magnificat, tells us more than any other gospel story just how Mary approached prayer (Luke 1:46-55). Mary had heard that her long-barren cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, and so she went to visit her. Continue »
How to listen to God in Scripture
Unlike any other book ever written, the Bible is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Scripture has the power to bring God himself into our lives. Listen, for instance, to Moses as he addresses the Israelites just as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Continue »
This exercise will help you find out.
When we try to think of ourselves as holy, often our first reaction is to exclaim, “Not me!” That may be because we tend to think of holiness as something reserved for great saints and heroes, and we know we aren’t in that category! However, the truth is that by the fact of our baptism we are all called to holiness. Continue »
It is good that we are here. (Luke 9:33)
Put yourself in Peter’s place. God had already revealed to him that Jesus was the Messiah (Luke 9:20). And now he is standing with James and John, watching Jesus’ appearance change before his eyes. Continue »
How God has used this simple substance to bring about death and life.
Today’s reading invites us to come to the waters: the waters of life. Of course, the first experience many of us have of this water is quite literal, in the sacrament of Baptism. Continue »
A Prayer by St. Alphonsus Liguori
The founder of the Redemptorists Order, St. Alphonsus was not healthy, to say the least; he received the Last Rites eight times during his long life. (He lived to be ninety-one.) Continue »
From a Sermon by St. John Damascene
Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him. Continue »
It’s not as hard as it seems.
As awesome and intimidating as this may seem, it’s really not all that difficult to enter into the presence of the Lord and experience his love. On the contrary, Jesus longs for us come to him. Continue »
St. Camillus of Lellis
If you’ve ever been tempted to think that you’re not cut out for sanctity, consider the case of Camillus of Lellis. Here is a saint—the patron of hospitals, health care workers, and the sick— whose burning love for God effected a widespread reform of patient care. Continue »
Selected July Meditations
What better to way to start and finish each day than with scripture? In this new calendar, Fr. Larry Richards exhorts us to put the Word of God first and last! Continue »
Four Ways to Experience Jesus’ Power
The gospels present many exciting accounts of people being healed and restored to wholeness. But after delving into them, we wonder: Can we too experience Jesus’ healing touch? Can we be set free? Continue »