Pope Francis: Prayer is the breath of faith because man is a beggar before God

(Vatican News) Taking inspiration from the Gospel episode of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar from Jericho who is able to see again after making a profession of faith in Jesus, Pope Francis invited Christians to reach out to God with prayer and to persevere in their journey of faith. [...]

Be the wise sheep of Jesus

As Jesus' sheep, we should strive to be wise by recognizing His voice and staying close to Him [...]

Three Clues to Hear Jesus’ Voice

All day long our thoughts can waver between being hopeful and depressed, feeling loved and lonely, encouraged and discouraged—how do we know which thoughts come from Jesus? Is He pushing us or are we just being too hard on ourselves? We know from the Gospel that Jesus can be extremely gentle, but He also criticized His disciples for not understanding [...]

Pope Francis: The beatitudes reveal the path from selfishness to holiness

(CNA) The eight beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount reveal the path from selfishness to holiness, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday. [...]

Our Own Walk to Emmaus

The disciples’ walk to Emmaus has ended here; however, our own walk to Emmaus has just begun. [...]

Ways in Which Jesus Acts in Our Lives

If you were a priest, what would you say to someone in the following situation? Someone comes for Confession, confesses something of which they're very ashamed and about which they're embarrassed. They can't believe they did it or keep on doing it. Let's say they're crying, too. And they say, "I feel so guilty. I feel awful." What would you say? [...]

Pope Francis: The earth is not just our home but also God’s home

(CNA) Commenting on the celebration of Earth Day during his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis urged people to show solidarity with the weak and vulnerable and to protect humanity’s common home. [...]

Apostles Are Alive!

Did you realize that last week, when you encountered a very difficult situation, that you were probably sent there by God? Is it possible that, last week, you were sent to a chaotic situation at work to bring Jesus' peace? Or you were sent home where there was an argument between your parents so that you could pray for them? Or you were sent an impatient [...]

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (John 20:29)

The outcome of our faith is joy and the salvation of our souls (Ref. 1 Peter 1:8-9) [...]

Pope Francis: Restlessness can be an important moment of growth in life

(CNA) Peace is often misunderstood today as a subjective psychological idea, Pope Francis said Wednesday, stressing that true peace is found in Christ’s sacrificial love. [...]

Capacity to Suffer = Capacity to Love

Happy Easter, everyone! And again a special welcome to all of our guests! The question we're going to start with is difficult but will direct us towards Easter joy: Why does some of what we're going through hurt so much? Some of us have been struggling in relationships and it hurts intensely. Some of us are hurting in our loneliness. Some of us continue [...]

Pope Francis: To free ourselves from prejudices about God, let us look at the Crucified One

(CNA) Meditating on Christ's Passion can help us as we struggle with questions about God and suffering during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said at his general audience Wednesday. [...]

Doing What We Should Do

There are certain things that we should be doing right now but maybe don’t feel like doing. Like what? Forgiving, smiling, doing our duty, being agreeable. Some of us are getting sick of social distancing and staying at home. It’s the loving thing to do, but very sacrificial; it’s particularly hard for social people, like Jack Ong; for [...]

Pope Francis: The purified heart is thus the result of a process that implies liberation and renunciation

(CNA) It is the Holy Spirit who leads us away from our sins and towards purity of heart, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday. [...]

We are spiritually dead. Who can help?

In this 5th Sunday of Lent, we continue our Lenten journey with a magnificent meditation from the Gospel of John, the story of raising Lazarus from the dead. The details of John’s Gospel are meant to capture a deeper purpose. In this story, we hear about a man named Lazarus, which means “God helps”. He has become ill in the town of Bethany [...]

Pope Francis: The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Church’s pro-life message is more relevant than ever as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic. [...]

Something Dying Leads to Something Coming to Life

Most of us are experiencing unusual suffering right now, and the human person needs to understand what's going on! On a human level, once we have clarity about how long this crisis will last and how to respond, we can go forward! On the deeper spiritual level, each of us needs to understand what's going on with me and my problems. [...]

We Can Only See What We Are Willing to See

This week's readings remind us of our blind spots: areas that we may have willfully chosen to ignore. [...]

Pope Francis: Forgive and you will be forgiven

(CNA) Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday. [...]

Conversion of a city

“Many Samaritans from that city believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done’” (John 4:39) [...]

Pope Francis: Even the most corrupt and far from good person, there is always the thirst for truth and good

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday Catholics must spread the Gospel to a world which hungers and thirsts for the justice of Jesus Christ. [...]

Experience the Power of the Word of God

Enable us to feel the power of your word - a word that is incarnate and living; a word that must be proclaimed, received and experienced; a word that commands our worship and veneration. [...]

Pope Francis: Follow Christ’s example when dealing with the temptation to sin

(CNA) Pope Francis said Sunday to follow Christ’s example when dealing with the temptation to sin: send the devil away or answer with the Word of God, but never engage in debate. [...]

Experiencing Transcendence

The Gospel today is centered on a mountain experience, and Pope Benedict says that, “The mountain is the place of ascent—not only outward, but also inward ascent; it is a liberation from the burden of everyday life, a breathing in of the pure air of creation; it offers a view of the broad expanse of creation and its beauty; it gives one an inner peak [...]