The Peace Pulpit: "That's what you, now being confirmed, are committing yourself to be -- a witness to Jesus."
Should Christians hold seders? Chase Darr has hosted his own seder, using a copy of the church's Haggadah (the book with the seder liturgy), for the past seven years.
Making a Difference: With so many countless fellow human beings suffering, Jesus' own suffering continues on to this very day -- in them and with them.
Commentary: If the Catholic school is to be a representation of the loving, merciful Christ -- in a sense, Christ writ larger -- it must embrace all in her employ.
In every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said.
"Led by the Spirit, they come to realize that God's criteria are quite different from those of men, that God does not manifest himself in the power of this world, but speaks to us in the humbleness of his love," the pope said Tuesday, the feast of the Epiphany.
A small c catholic: The Shroud of Turin, which Pope Francis plans to visit and venerate in June, has intrigued me for decades.
The only way to overcome violence and hatred and killing and war is through the transforming power of love. That’s the message that these Scriptures teach us and that we must try to follow.
Christianity is not a school of ideas or a collection of beautiful temples and lovely art; it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him every day, Pope Francis said.
"Am I a Christian giving witness to Jesus or am I a simple numerary of this sect," unable to let the Holy Spirit "drive me forward in my Christian vocation?" he asked in his homily at Mass Tuesday in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
"A Christian who doesn't give witness is unfathomable," he said, according to a report by Vatican Radio.
Beware of the devil, who wants a jealous, power-hungry and divided church, Pope Francis said.
Be open to the Holy Spirit, who brings unity and harmony, and who pushes people to focus fully on Christ, the pope said Tuesday during his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
At the Intersection: I know what it's like to have to constantly reframe the messages you receive, to tell yourself you don't need to aspire to be something else.