SPIRITUALITY

How can I help my teenager get more out of Sunday Mass?

Every Mass can be a life-changing encounter with Christ, if we’re ready for it

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: My husband and I have three children. We have always tried to make Sunday Mass the center of our lives for our family. I recently had an uncomfortable discussion with my oldest son, who just turned 17. He told me that he thinks Mass is boring, that he doesn’t get anything out of it and that he doesn’t want to go to church anymore. How can I help him see the value and importance of Sunday Mass?

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.

Why should I have to confess my sins to a priest?

In confession, we are reconciled not just with God, but also with the whole community

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: In Acts 3:19, Peter says, “Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.” If my sins are forgiven directly by God, why does the church teach that I have to go to confession and confess my sins to a priest?