Proclaiming the word of God

Jim Russell recommends a simple prayer to readers as they approach the ambo to proclaim the word of God at Mass: “Please don’t let me screw up.”

Discover the riches of the Bible through lectio divina

Pope Francis recently declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time — January 26 this year — should be celebrated as the Sunday of the Word of God. The pope highlighted the importance of lectio divina, or “divine reading,” an ancient practice of slowly and prayerfully reading the Bible. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

A Catholic View - The gift of Lent

Many of my Protestant friends don’t like Lent. “It’s all about mortification and self-discipline when we know that the risen Jesus is joyful and alive!” they say. “We don’t need to mortify ourselves to please God. And what’s with a ‘holy season’ when Paul says in Colossians 2:16–17 that we shouldn’t observe any day as special?”

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