I think it's possible to be a little bit frustrated when we first hear the message from St. Paul this morning: "Rejoice! Again, I say rejoice!" See, be filled with joy. Most of us probably have discovered that being joyful isn't something you can suddenly be by sort of pushing a button. You know, if you're really discouraged and frustrated and upset and things are going badly, how do you suddenly be joyful?
Just Catholic: Was the nativity an entirely male affair? Why is all this testimony about the birth of a child, the birth of this Child, so devoid of women?
In the heart of Rome's high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth.
Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Pope Francis prayed for Mary's intercession so that, "in us, your children, grace also will prevail over pride, and we can become merciful like our heavenly Father is merciful."
Simply Spirit: This is the season of the prophet Isaiah. Recently, I was delighted to learn that female prophets helped shaped this Isaiah tradition.
People find Jesus' sex life endlessly fascinating and plausible. Why is that? Here are five reasons.
Love is more about giving than receiving and is best expressed through action, not words, Pope Francis said.
God's love, in fact, can only be experienced by people willing to let go of their egos and humbly let God take the lead, allowing him take their hand like a loving father with his children, the pope said in his homily Friday.
Celebrating the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Francis focused his homily on the heart of Jesus and his immense love.
As I mentioned in introducing the Gospel and as you noticed when you listened, St. Luke tells us Pentecost Sunday happened 50 days after Easter. St. John tells us it was Easter Sunday night. You might wonder, "Well, how come such a clear discrepancy?" But it's a reminder to us -- and it's a very important reminder -- of how the Scripture writers were not writing history as we think of it, were not writing the biography of Jesus.
NCR Today: New Albany, N.Y., bishop installed; new NCR columnist discusses the faith of a convert; new YouTube singing sensation is a Catholic priest
The Peace Pulpit: Jesus is the resurrection, and if we believe in him, we will never die and begin to live the life of Jesus now.
Young Voices: I feel weird writing for the Young Voices column. How do I even qualify as a "young voice," anyway?