News in Spirituality

The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

by: Scott P. Richert in Spirituality,

The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the mother of Our Lord, and Mary's fiat—her willing acceptance of God's holy plan.

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2017

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2017

by: Pope Francis in Spirituality,

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. 

Who says you can’t be a saint?

Who says you can’t be a saint?

by: Philip Kosloski-Aleteia.org in Spirituality,

Carlo remains an inspiration, especially to teenagers who aren’t sure whether they could be both holy and “normal” and individually unique. “All people are born as originals,” he said, “but many die as photocopies.” To die as an “original,” Carlo maintained, was to be guided by Christ, and to look at Him constantly.

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi

by: Fr.Joseph Santiago CMF in Spirituality,

Saint Francis, Italian mystic, preacher and founder of the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church, was born in Assisi (Umbria, Italy) in 1182. St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscans Order. 

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016

by: Staff Reporter -Catholic Herald in Spirituality,

God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Practice what you preach

Practice what you preach

by: Joe Torres,- UCAN in Spirituality,

"Our faith is focused on externals and rituals, processions and private devotions," Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato told some 12,000 congress delegates, comprised of priests, religious, and lay church leaders. He reminded delegates that the Eucharist is "the deepest kind of union" that shares in the mission of Jesus "to the poor, the oppressed and marginalized, to all who are needy and in need of love and service. 

History and Mystery: The O Antiphons in a Favorite Advent Hymn

History and Mystery: The O Antiphons in a Favorite Advent Hymn

by: Roseanne T. Sullivan in Spirituality,

Many Catholics are becoming interested in including the O antiphons as part of their Advent preparations, by singing or reciting or listening to recordings (or doing all of these things) between Dec. 17 and 23. Everyone can find renewed inspiration at the end of Advent by praying the O antiphons as a countdown to the great feast that is to come. Names of a Scriptural type of the Messiah. He is the Wisdom of God, the Ruler of the House of Israel, the Root of Jesse, the Key of David, the Dawn, the King of the Nations, and God with us.

Why church is better for your mental health than football or politics

Why church is better for your mental health than football or politics

by: Sr Gemma Simmonds - The Tablet in Spirituality,

The London School of Economics’ recent study of the kinds of social activities that help to overcome depression has shown up religion observance as the only activity to make a positive difference to mental wellbeing over time, outranking voluntary work and joining political parties, sport and social clubs.

St Bernadette teaches us how to embrace suffering

St Bernadette teaches us how to embrace suffering

by: Mary O'Regan-Catholic Herald in Spirituality,

On one occasion during the 1858 apparitions, Our Lady confirmed to Bernadette that her life would be scarred with suffering, saying, “I cannot promise to make you happy in this world, only in the next.” On the 21st of February 1858, Our Lady explained to Bernadette her role in life, “you will pray to God for sinners.”

Grief

Grief

by: From A Grief Observed in Spirituality,

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination….

The Prayer of Quiet

The Prayer of Quiet

by: Juanita Ryan - Ucan in Spirituality,

This is not that different from how we sometimes live our lives. We face problems, even overwhelming challenges, yet we act like we are strong enough and smart enough to handle it on our own. We act as if we don’t need God. 

The Spirituality of St Patrick

The Spirituality of St Patrick

by: Christopher O’Donnell O.Carm. in Spirituality,

 We have from St Patrick two brief works: his Confession, a spiritual autobiography, and an angry letter to the soldiers of the pirate Coroticus who had kidnapped and murdered some of Patrick’s Christians.

Everything you need to know about Lent

Everything you need to know about Lent

by: Corrie Mitchell for On Faith in Spirituality,

Lent is that time of year when Catholics smear ash on their foreheads and give up eating chocolate or checking Facebook or watching television, right? That may be the basic view from the outside, but for those who observe it, the season of Lent is a period of penitence that prepares the heart for the celebration of Easter — Christ’s resurrection.

 Taking stock of our lives

Taking stock of our lives

by: Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. in Spirituality,

Lent 2014 brings the death and resurrection of the Lord more insistently into the horizon of our lives. Before the Lord, we are all weak and needy, poor in who we are, rich in him. Grateful for our various callings and rejoicing in that poverty that opens us to God’s grace, let us observe Lent together in prayer, penance and almsgiving. God bless you.

This Lent I will eat no food, to highlight the hunger all around us

This Lent I will eat no food, to highlight the hunger all around us

by: Keith Hebden - The Guardian in Spirituality,

Lent this year begins on 5 March. From that day until Palm Sunday I'm not going to eat any food. I'll have a glass of fruit juice in the morning, some vegetable stock in the evening and make sure to keep hydrated but otherwise I won't be eating anything at all. This will be a time of study, prayer, my regular work and attempting to highlight the growing crisis of hunger in the UK. 

Perseverence in Prayer

Perseverence in Prayer

by: Sister Mary Colombiere O.C.D. - UCA in Spirituality,

A dictionary would define perseverance in these or similar words: a steady persistence in activity, purpose, or a state in spite of difficulties. Isn’t it then reassuring to know that a great saint and mystic, such as St Teresa of Avila herself, struggled in prayer until she was 41 years of age?

Joy in the Morning

Joy in the Morning

by: Ben Witherington - UCAnews in Spirituality,

 Our culture is too bound up in the world of feelings, even to the point where counselors ask as their main question – “How do you feel about that? or How did that make you feel?” as if feelings were the ultimate litmus test of what is going on in a person’s inner psyche. Feelings however can be very deceptive, the joy of the Lord is not.

Want to be like the pope? Try being nice

Want to be like the pope? Try being nice

by: Father William Grimm MM - ucanews.com in Spirituality,

With the sometimes rabid exception of people at the ultra-traditionalist fringe of Catholicism who sputter at seeing him being respectful toward non-Catholics and acting “undignified,” Catholics are very pleased with Pope Francis. More notable, though, is the wild adulation he draws from those outside the Church, even more adulation, it appears, than he draws from Catholics.