Every Pentecost, I recall the refrain of an African hymn I heard at a conference two decades ago
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the education of the conscience is a lifelong task.” What does it mean to pray for “conscience”? Isn’t a conscience simply what all of us have, that is, a working conscience that somehow lets us know what is right and what is wrong?
Fasting in Lent, along with prayer and almsgiving, is a way of “deepening our spiritual life,” Pope Francis says in his 2017 Lenten message.
Bishop Kettler encourages us to participate in special prayers and devotions, such as the rosary or Stations of the Cross, in your homes or parishes.
Q: Every year as Lent approaches I think about what I should be doing during this holy season, maybe something new. Do you have any suggestions? A: How about serving as an ambassador for Christ? The Eucharist of Ash Wednesday reminds us of our call to serve as ambassadors as we hear St. Paul telling […]
A practical first step toward holiness — as well as for assuring peace in one’s family and in the world — is to pray for a person who has caused offense or harm, Pope Francis said.
Q. Lately, I find myself asking quite a bit from God — perhaps too much. I ask for things for myself, since my own life has fallen a bit off course — as well as for friends and family members, some of whom have serious health problems. I make sure to thank God for the […]
Looking over the rubble where the town center once stood, the pope prayed in silence for the victims of the quake.
Retirement has given the 89-year-old Pope Benedict what he describes as the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer.
The pope thanked the volunteers, bishops, priests and men and women religious “who are working to welcome these young pilgrims.”