Waking up to the spiritual world

Discover the three elements that shape our thoughts, words and deeds

By Father William Watson

"Although he was made by God in a state of holiness, from the very onset of his history man abused his liberty, at the urging of the Evil One. Man set himself against God and sought to attain his goal apart from God. … Therefore man is split within himself. As a result, all of human life, whether individual or collective, shows itself to be a dramatic struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness." (Gaudium et Spes 13)

The Lord is coming — are you ready?

By Sister Ann Shields

Four weeks to prepare your heart for Christmas

The readings for the first Sunday of Advent are a marvelous "launching pad” for living Advent. I'd like to show you a way to really live this season.

Should I give money to panhandlers?

By Father Joe Krupp

Q: Dear Father Joe: Do you give to the panhandler? I feel guilty walking by someone, but I’m afraid giving money just perpetuates the problem.

Sacred Ground - A cloud of witnesses: Seattle’s Calvary Cemetery

Catholic cemeteries bear witness to ‘the sure and certain hope’ of the resurrection

By Corinna Laughlin

Calvary Cemetery in north Seattle, established in 1889, is one of the oldest Catholic cemeteries in Western Washington. Thousands are buried here, some beneath grand monuments in granite or marble, most beneath simpler markers, with inscriptions in English, Russian, Chinese and many other languages. Some stones bear the record of religious vocation, military service or career; others remind us only that the deceased was a beloved mother or father, wife or husband, son or daughter.

Why we need spiritual discernment

Original sin ruptured our relationship with God, but God has a rescue plan

By Father William M. Watson

St. Ignatius lived for 30 years with his lower appetites in near complete control of his life. His awakening was guided by God and began while recuperating from an injury suffered in battle. During his recovery Ignatius was graced to notice a difference between two sets of fantasies or daydreams.

Remembering the dead in prayer

By Sister Ann Shields

November marks the end of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict. This month gives us at least two wonderful opportunities to grow in faith and to remember in prayer our departed sisters and brothers.