Sister Clara Zhang Jin Ping, a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hanyang, China, exchanges the sign of peace with spiritual director Johanna Chao during a 2014 Mass at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Good spiritual directors listen, ask questions, offer insights and allow those who seek their counsel to arrive at their own answers, nourished and enlightened by prayer, faith and love. CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz
In appreciation for "the givenness of life" helps people thrive in their daily existence. The world around them needs this appreciation too. But what is "the givenness of life"?
God is not reluctant to astonish people, it is said. That is a good thing, even when astonishing news briefly causes people to feel startled or confused -- amazed by one of life's unexpected developments. More ... Friday, November 11, 2016
In the heat of the moment, with tempers flaring and family members shouting out every ill-chosen word, the power of forgiveness probably is the farthest thing from anyone's mind. More ... Friday, April 1, 2016
It is no doubt by design that, as we open the Synod on the Family this weekend that the readings for the Liturgy are focused on the complementarity of man and woman and the indissolubility of marriage. This makes, certainly, for an interesting backdrop as the bishops assemble with the pope for this fourteenth general synod. More ... Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Join the Readers’ Prayer Circle by remembering in prayer the special intentions from Monitor readers. More ... Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Second Vatican Council called for a renewed sense of holiness among all the faithful not just the priests and religious. The council referred to this as the “Universal call to Holiness.” It was the common practice among Catholics to hold that the laity participated in the holiness of the religious through their devotional and moral life, but there was no real sense of what it meant for an ordinary layman or woman to be “holy.” More ... Sunday, May 3, 2015
On the eve of Pentecost 2014, Pope Francis attended a conference in an Italian stadium with 50,000 Catholics who appeared every bit as excited as the soccer fans who had swarmed the venue a few weeks later.
Here we are, summer is just about at its usual close and most of us have been able, I hope, to get some time for a break or vacation. We all need to refresh ourselves and to focus on things other than work and the usual chores of living. It is a necessary human experience.