During Lent, the focus often rests on three facets of spiritual life: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Prayer is not just a private and intimate dialogue between a person and God, but rather an opportunity for Christians to bring the needs of others before the Lord, Pope Francis said.
The prayer practice of “lectio divina” is a different kind of reading, one that invites a slow, intentional encounter with Scripture.
Pope Francis offered a checklist for Catholics to keep track of how they measure up to the biblical admonition: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar.”
No one should be afraid to turn to God with prayer, especially in times of great doubt, suffering and need, Pope Francis said.
It seems, on surface level, we are at a time of darkness and death. Actually, however, we are celebrating life.
In response to the church abuse crisis, many parishes around the country have been bringing out the big guns in a spiritual sense — calling on St. Michael the Archangel to help the church.
Our engagement in politics is a mission in which our holiness of life is far more potent than mere activity.