News in Spirituality

Bible is most read book among Filipinos

Bible is most read book among Filipinos

by: Jose Torres Jr. - UCAN in Spirituality,

"If families have an average number of five members, 50 million Filipinos have a chance to read, pray and share their insights of the Bible," said Bishop Bastes. "The Bible is indeed the most read book in our country. By the power of the Word of God, may the Philippines be transformed into a real Christian nation."

Spirituality without platitudes

Spirituality without platitudes

by: Maggie Fergusson-The Tablet in Spirituality,

Ever since he was a boy in Norway, the son of a country vet, Erik Varden has felt a sense of longing – of homesickness “for a homeland I recall but have not seen”. There were decades of “rudderlessness, pain and questions” before he discovered where this was leading him: the enclosed Cistercian monastery of Mount Saint Bernard in Leicestershire, where he is now Abbot, and where he hopes to die.

Feast of St Anthony Mary Claret

Feast of St Anthony Mary Claret

by: Claretian Missionaries in the UK in Spirituality,

 Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also knows as Claretian Missionaries. This year the celebration of his feast is combined with the great joy for the Beatification of 109 Claretian Martyrs that took place last Saturday 21 October at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Who was St. Anthony Mary Claret?

Mercy and Ecological Conversion

Mercy and Ecological Conversion

by: Fr. Angel Ochagavia, cmf in Spirituality,

With this anthology of texts the four Institutes of Consecrated Life run by the Claretian missionaries want to offer to the English speaking public some of its practical theological reflections. Book Published in March, 2017

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.