The Solemnity of Pentecost calls to mind the biblical image of fire, as we remember the Holy Spirit descending in flaming tongues upon the earliest disciples. Through this fire, the Lord wants to transform us into His own divine image.
The bishops of the United States have urged all Catholics in our nation to unite in prayer and fasting on Friday, May 13 for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the conversion of hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
One of the most valuable lessons that I've learned from the writings of saints and holy people is to live in the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or the future. Reflecting on the past and planning for the future both have their benefits, but they can also be an obstacle to holiness.
This Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, Pope Francis and the bishops of the world will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying "that war may end and peace spread throughout the world."
If we're supposed to be praying all of the time, how are we supposed to live our ordinary lives? Are Christians only supposed to do religious things? How can we be holy in the midst of our responsibilities?
Jesus challenges us in the Sermon on the Mount, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). What does this mean, exactly, and how is this different from an unhealthy “perfectionism”?