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Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal. [...]

Take, bless, break, give

Our life as bread for one another [...]

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. (CCC 261)

Our mission is to witness to the world, thirsty for love, that the meaning of life is precisely the infinite love, the tangible love of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. [...]

Pope Francis: Unity is in the ‘DNA’ of Christian community

(CNA) An essential characteristic of Christian community is its unity in diversity, and the freedom this gives to Christians to come alive as witnesses of Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Transformation, Unity, Peace, and Forgiveness

as the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Jn 20:21) [...]

Pope Francis: The union among all Christians is based on one Baptism and is sealed by the suffering in the dark times of persecution

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday reflected upon his recent apostolic visit to Romania, where he beatified seven Greek-Catholic bishops martyred under Soviet occupation. The pope said June 5 that the beatified bishops were “witnesses to the freedom and mercy that comes from the Gospel.” “One of these new blesseds, Mgr. Iuliu Hossu, during his imprisonment [...]

Stories strengthen souls.

For those of you with children, how would you survive if you lost your children in a car accident? Or, what would we say to parents who have just lost their children? We’d love them, help them, and pray for them. We may even try to explain to them why God allows suffering. Brothers, sisters, and guests, all those ways are good but there’s something [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization

(CNA) The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization, not good rhetorical skills, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

Is Jesus Departing for a Distant Star on His Ascension?

Could the Ascension account be a fabrication of Jesus’ followers, created to gloss over the tragic death of their master? [...]

New Jerusalem – the Final Apocalypse

As we come close to the end of the Easter season, we have a great privilege to read the final chapters of the Book of Revelation, and the great story is coming to its climax. We finally come to the arrival of the Holy City - the new Jerusalem. [...]

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit makes us capable of praying as children of God

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday asked Our Lady Help of Christians to intercede for Chinese Catholics, whom he said continue to believe and hope amid trials. [...]

5 Types of Questions That Help Us Pay Attention to God

How many real friends do we have? Do we know? “Here is a simple litmus test of whether or not you have any friends. Think of the most difficult struggle you are going through at this time… it could be something physical, spiritual, or psychological… The question… is: Whom have you told? Have you shared this with anyone? Friends share their [...]

Pope Francis: Forgiveness flows from Christ on the cross, which liberates us from evil

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that Jesus gave humanity a precious gift on the cross -- liberation from evil. [...]

Why does Jesus call the love commandment new?

Divine love does not come naturally to us, it needs practice [...]

“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)

It is in our interior silence that we can perceive Jesus’ gaze and hear his call [...]

Want to Help People You Love to Grow? Here Are 4 Ways

All of us have people in our lives that we want to change, right? Parents, you pray for your children that they grow and improve their behaviour. [...]

Pope Francis: There is a need for passionate and creative evangelizers

(CNA) Like Saints Cyril and Methodius shared the Gospel with the Slavic people in the 9th century, today the world is still in need of Christian evangelization, Pope Francis said Wednesday. [...]

3rd Sunday of Easter : Sacrificial Love

A friend once was talking to me and started crying because he admitted that he didn’t love his parents enough. They had written him a letter expressing how much they loved him and about the good they saw in him. He said they always loved him even though he treated them so badly. [...]

A Vision of Hope, Courage, and Trust

Jesus does not want us to merely exist or survive but desires us to thrive in God’s unconditional love [...]

Pope Francis: God is a Father and cannot abandon us

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday reminded those who think belief in the devil is antiquated or outdated that Satan really exists and that Jesus himself experienced his temptations and overcame them. [...]

Dealing with shame

Fr. Mike Schmitz tells a story he heard about a village in Africa. In the midst of war, enemies of the village would capture women of all ages, then sexually assault and rape them, and then send them back to the village shamed. Imagine how these women felt. [...]

Signs, Wonders, and Visions

The best three words that sum up this Sunday’s readings. [...]

Pope Francis: If you do not try to forgive, you will not be forgiven

(CNA) To stop the spread of evil in the world, Catholics must go above and beyond, loving and forgiving others even when it is undeserved, Pope Francis urged Wednesday. [...]

A Joy No One Can Steal

Happy Easter, brothers and sisters! And a special welcome to all of our guests! [...]

Have we “resurrected” too?

Many years ago, I was puzzled by the mystery of the Incarnation, not of its credibility, but the manner in which Jesus became man. It was later I learned that God chooses to come to us in silence, humility and hardships. But then, a bigger puzzle follows – the mystery of the Resurrection. If salvation is to be attained through the way of the Cross [...]