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Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

July 2, 2017 | 4:27 pm | Spiritual

By Clifford Yeary Associate Director, Little Rock Scripture Study Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. — Matthew 5:6 Jesus knows what it means to hunger. After his baptism by John, he undertook a 40-day fast in the wilderness, where, it can be safely said, water would also […]

In recognizing one’s weakness, God’s strength can be found, pope says

June 16, 2017 | 4:55 pm | Spiritual

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians who acknowledge their own weakness and limitations will find the saving power of God’s strength, Pope Francis said. However, recognizing one’s own vulnerability is “one of the most difficult things in life,” and those who fail to accept that truth about themselves set […]

A message from heaven: God is the only way to peace

June 6, 2017 | 3:10 pm | Spiritual

By Tony Magliano Jesus said to his first disciples, and to all future disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” But political leaders, governments, corporations and countless people seek the false and fleeting peace of the world which seduces […]

Father Solanus Casey recalled as beloved friar who showed mercy to others

May 5, 2017 | 1:41 pm | Spiritual

DETROIT (CNS) — Sixty years after his death, Capuchin Father Solanus Casey is on his way to sainthood. Pope Francis announced May 4 that Detroit’s beloved friar, who earlier had been named venerable, met the requirements for beatification and will be named “blessed” — the second U.S.-born man to achieve such a designation and the […]

Church needs missionaries, not ‘clericalized’ laity, pope says

April 27, 2017 | 4:21 pm | Spiritual

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit’s to give, Pope Francis said. The temptation to impose a vocation on laypeople as some kind […]

An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

April 13, 2017 | 4:19 pm | Spiritual

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead. They didn’t believe it at first when they were told by the women who had come to anoint […]

Pope recognizes miracle attributed to Fatima visionaries

March 24, 2017 | 4:36 pm | Spiritual

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds […]

Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says

March 17, 2017 | 4:59 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don’t ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation. “Please, let there never be those signs that say, ‘Confessions: Mondays and Wednesdays from this time to that time,’” he told hundreds of confessors and […]

Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

February 17, 2017 | 2:32 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a “fluid economy” and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of “intellectual charity” that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity. “There are lots of remedies […]

Cardinal Dolan: If sanctuary of the womb is violated, no one is safe

January 27, 2017 | 2:39 pm | Spiritual

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York warned that if the sanctuary of the womb is violated, then other sanctuaries are at risk. “Can any of us be safe, can any of us claim a sanctuary anywhere when the first and most significant sanctuary of them […]