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Spiritual Life

A Lone Hiker at Sunrise

Resolution for a New Year

It is time to take stock, assessing the year that has passed and re-focusing the mind and spirit for what is to come, preparing to see all things through Christian eyes.

Prime Matters
Jan 21, 2021
A field of wheat

Vocation and the Purpose of Our Lives

Each human life is unique and unrepeatable, possessing a meaning and vocation meant only for you: a vocation is a calling from God with our name on it.

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput
Jan 10, 2021
The Cross on Pensacola Beach

Finding Joy in the Cross: The Key to Abundant Life

The key to happiness in life is not the avoidance of suffering, but finding meaning in it, surrendering to God and embracing our cross with the words "Not my will but yours be done."

Most Rev. Andrew Cozzens
Dec 22, 2020
Farmhouse at Sunset

The Synthetic Impulse in Catholic Life

St. Hildegard demonstrates the synthetic impulse of the Christian vision, which recognizes that all of Creation is connected and that a mystery runs beneath all things, holding them together.

Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores
Dec 22, 2020
A Lioness

Naming the New Lions

Catholic universities face the cultural lions of relativism, fundamentalism, and pessimism. The proper response is faith, hope, and charity born of prayer.

Very Rev. Paul Murray
Dec 22, 2020
Statue of Christ over the Sacristy Door, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican

In the Likeness of Christ

To imitate Christ is to put on the mind of Christ, imitating his interior dispositions and grasping the broad principles by which he worked out his life's task.

Dr. Don J. Briel
Dec 5, 2020
Wooden Statue of Mary Holding Christ

Advent as Reality

Advent is not about slowing down reality to reflect on a fantasy; rather, it is about stepping out of the fantasies of our daily lives to live in reality.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Dec 4, 2020
The Library of Trinity College Dublin

Christians (and Pharisees) at a University

The Pharisees, due to their darkened minds, found themselves unknowingly fighting against God himself. The gift of faith serves to heal and enlighten our intellects.

Msgr. James P. Shea
Dec 4, 2020
Marian Grotto at the University of Mary

Icon of Relationality

The Immaculate Conception and perpetual virginity of Mary serve as the antithesis of the non-relational existence of humanity due to the Fall.

Msgr. Thomas J. Richter
Dec 4, 2020
Sunset at Cape Sounion, Greece

Scrupulosity

Whether arising from fear, pride, or a psychological disorder, scrupulosity forms a serious obstacle to our ability to recognize and rejoice in God's mercy toward us in our weakness.

Rev. Robert Shea
Dec 4, 2020