Catholic Voices

Are you ready to ‘wake up’?

Develop the habit of distinguishing between two inspirations leading in opposite directions

By Father William Watson

In previous columns, we’ve discussed how God (the divine-inspirer) and the enemy of human nature (the counter-inspirer) are both untiringly ambitious over how our story unfolds.

Make the ordinary extraordinary

Guided by Scripture, prayer, the sacraments and the Holy Spirit, ordinary events lead us to a life of grace and virtue

By Msgr. Brian Bransfield

Being spiritual does not mean walking on a cloud three feet above the ground. Being spiritual is very down to earth. Spirituality means doing everything we ordinarily do — stopping at the supermarket, picking up the dry cleaning, filling the car with gas — knowing that God is never far away.

Wake up to 24/7 ‘inspirations’

Learning about spiritual consolation and spiritual desolation benefits our sacred story journey

By Father William Watson

None of us will achieve perfection this side of eternity. Yet we know from Scripture and the teaching church that human nature was “perfect” once, and will be perfect again.

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.