News in Spirituality

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.

Novak Djokovic taps into the power of meditation for inner peace during Wimbledon 2013

Novak Djokovic taps into the power of meditation for inner peace during Wimbledon 2013

by: The Telegraph - Theo Merz in Spirituality,

“Obviously, there is a huge amount of pressure and stress and everything involved, so you need to have a place where you know you can switch off and recharge your batteries. When he visits, Djokovic tends to pass through the converted house, home to orange-robed Thai monks, and into a temple in the garden, where he meditates for up to an hour.

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

by: Angela McGhin in Spirituality,

Today, June 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Honoring Mary's Immaculate Heart is really just another way of honoring Mary as the person who was chosen to be the Mother of God, recognizing her extraordinary holiness and the immense love she bestowed on Jesus as his mother, the person who was called to share in and co-operate in his redemptive sufferings.

Faith and charity - a vital partnership

Faith and charity - a vital partnership

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Spirituality,
Pope's Lent message focuses on keys to healthy spiritual life. The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God - the God of Jesus Christ - and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others.
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

by: Fr. Josep Abella, cmf in Spirituality,

How do we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in this time of severe crisis which is expressed through the faces and different situations in so many places in the world?... From the anguished Heart of Mary, who saw and felt the pain of those who lived humiliated or had nothing to eat, came the "Magnificat" which, being born from a Heart full of God, is a song of hope.

On Waking

On Waking

by: Angela McGhin in Spirituality,

It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.

God Is No Longer Invisible, Says Pope

by: in Spirituality,

Affirms That Face of the Father Is Love. The Pontiff explained that "only by believing in Christ, by remaining united to him, the disciples, among whom we also are, can continue their permanent action in history."

The Passion of Jesus According to John

The Passion of Jesus According to John

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Spirituality,

Each year on Good Friday the Passion of Jesus Christ according to John is read aloud in our churches. John's Gospel, as we know, was written later than the other Gospels, perhaps some seventy years after Jesus died, and those years gave John plenty of time to reflect upon Jesus' death and highlight a number of aspects that are not as evident in the other Gospels. What are those special aspects?

Pope: Fasting Requires Nourishment on Word of God

Pope: Fasting Requires Nourishment on Word of God

by: ZENIT Agency in Spirituality,

Benedict XVI began Lent today with the reflection: "He does not really fast who does not know how to nourish himself on the Word of God." The Pope made this affirmation at the general audience, during which he reflected on baptism and the readings from each Sunday of Lent.

Census: How religious is the UK?

Census: How religious is the UK?

by: BBC in Spirituality,

A publicity drive has started for the census, now just five weeks away, but the survey is being criticised for its question on religion. So is it even possible to accurately measure how religious the UK is? According to the last Census 10 years ago, more than two-thirds of people in Britain regarded themselves as Christian - 72% in England and Wales, and 65% in Scotland. More than 1.5 million in England and Wales, more than 3% of the population, said they were Muslim and nearly eight million ticked "no religion".

Building an Ark

Building an Ark

by: Ron Rolheiser in Spirituality,

What is the meaning of the story of Noah and the Ark? The story might be recast this way: Every so often there comes a time in history when there is so little vision, faith, idealism, decency, and charity left on this planet that there is a real danger that the world itself will sink, will drown, and revert to a chaos that will kill everything that's precious.