The Holy Spirit is the divine force in the conversion process. As we continue our journey through this holy season, it is most worthwhile to approach the Holy Spirit in prayer to request divine assistance.
Since 1975, Operation Rice Bowl, the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, has helped to improve people’s ability to access food in communities around the world and in the United States.
As the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality.
In each issue during Lent, The Catholic Spirit is sharing CRS’ work with an email interview and recipe from a country that agency serves. Haiti and Kenya were featured previously and Honduras will be highlighted in the next issue.
One of the best forms of prayer is to pray with Scripture. Jesus did!
From his youth it was his custom to go to the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath where he would unroll a scroll and read Scripture (Luke 4:16,17). After his baptism in the Jordan, Jesus went out into the desert where he spent 40 days and 40 nights in prayer (Matthew 4:1-11).
The revised New American Bible was released March 9 and includes the first revised translation since 1970 of the Old Testament. The Bible will be available over time in an assortment of print, audio and electronic formats, from a variety of publishers. The following Q&A about the revised version is provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
This holy season of Lent is a time to repent and turn away from sin. One highly recommended way to do that is through the sacrament of reconciliation.
Lent is a penitential season, a special time to acknowledge the reality of sin in our lives, specifically to admit our sins, confess them and be absolved of them.
In their 2003 pastoral letter, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope,” the U.S. bishops applied the Gospel and papal teachings to U.S. immigration policy. The following governing principles as to how the church should respond to immigration policy proposals are explained in the letter:
Sometimes it takes five calls to get a date on the calendar but Mary Pavek and her goddaughter Claire Sorteberg stay in touch despite their busy schedules.
Lay preaching in the Catholic Church was the topic of a recent story in the StarTribune newspaper. The Catholic Spirit asked Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship, to answer a few questions on the topic to clarify the church’s teaching.