The call for joy comes as the Catholic church prepares to launch a year in honor of religious orders around the world.
Changes in technology have fundamentally altered the human quest for spirituality and require Catholics to reevaluate how they approach society.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI: THE LIFE
By Augustine Thompson, OP
Published by Cornell University Press, $14.95
Soul Seeing: Not crazy about the films up for Oscars this year? Then try some of these entertaining and soulful movies.
Spiritual Reflections: Few biblical concepts are more important and less known than the Hebrew meaning of hesed. We have no English equivalent.
Review: Atchison Blue admires the women of Mount St. Scholastica who gave the author hospitality and from whom she realized she had much to learn.
Spiritual Reflections: To fully appreciate the Sermon on the Mount, we must first appreciate Matthew's place in history.
My Table is Spread: On Sept. 4, Jews celebrated the beginning of a new year. For my niece, it marked the beginning of a new life.
"We are part of a world system that has always measured greatness in terms of power, but Jesus always measured greatness in terms of service," one woman said.
The new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said the church should draw strength from spirituality to engage in works of charity.
"Energy for charitable works should come from our spiritual strength," Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal of Trivandrum told a news conference Wednesday at the end of the weeklong bishops' assembly.