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Body, Mind, and Spirit

A young man and his father begin a journey that will change them. Like countless pilgrims before them, El Camino de Santiago will leave its indelible imprint. Beautiful sunrises, breathtaking sunsets, the sweet sounds of birds chirping, the stories of new friends, the awe-inspiring cathedrals, and blisters — many blisters — are just some of […]

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Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: Life Is Worth Living

Beyond his public persona as a media personality and a prominent churchman, Fulton Sheen was a thinker, a believer, a priest, and a man of prayer. On Sunday, April 7, 1946, Fulton J. Sheen stepped into the pulpit of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Those who packed the church were stunned to hear Sheen criticize […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Mt 18:12-14) has been called the simplest of all the parables of Jesus: a sheep […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Hold On to the Anchor of the Will of God The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on March 21, 1851, Father Eymard wrote to Madame Franchet, reminding her that if turmoil in our lives causes something […]

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Pope Francis’ Remarkable Ecumenical Record

Pope Francis has made contacts with ecumenical and interfaith leaders a defining priority of his ministry as the bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church. Why is this so important? Pope Francis has made many headlines since he was elected pope and bishop of Rome in 2013 after Pope Benedict resigned at the […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Net

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. The Parable of the Net (Mt 13:47-50), which is peculiar to Matthew, reiterates motifs from the Parable of the Wheat and […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

You Are All His as He Is All Yours The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on December 8, 1867, Father Eymard expresses his spiritual closeness to Josephine Gourd and her daughter Stephanie, while recalling their attachment […]

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An Advent Reflection on the Blessed Virgin

At the center of God’s great redemptive plan is Mary, chosen, loved, and offered as the mother of the Messiah and as an exemplar for all who follow him. God foretold the coming of the Messiah by the Virgin Mary through the prophet Isaiah, and in keeping with this plan of redemption, in the fullness […]

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Pope Francis and the Spirituality of Christmas

What kind of love does Advent/Christmas call us to remember and to imitate? Christian life intersects with, is illuminated by, and revolves around the two great mysteries of Christmas and Easter. At Christmas we celebrate the mystery of the incarnation — the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. During Holy Week and Easter, we focus on […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Precious Pearl

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. This parable concerning the Pearl of Great Price (Mt 13:45-46) is twin with that of the Hidden Treasure, but it has […]

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