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Pope Francis arriving for the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 26, 2022

‘Lazy, tepid, sad’: Pope Francis explains how desolation can be turned to good

Oct 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis explained on Wednesday how times of spiritual desolation — described by St. Ignatius of Loyola as feelings of... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Feb. 27, 2022.

Focus on the goodness in others, not the flaws, Pope Francis urges

Feb 27, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

In his weekly Angelus address Feb. 27, Pope Francis reflected on Sunday’s Gospel, in which Jesus asks the question: “Why... Read more

Spanish bishops say that Zen meditation and mindfulness movement are not Christian prayer

Sep 23, 2019

The Spanish bishops’ conference said that the “mindfulness” movement and other eastern meditation techniques cannot be considered a “properly Christian”... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 20, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Catholics not to abuse God's mercy

Mar 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The mercy of God is not an invitation to “spiritual laziness,” but requires a sincere and prompt response from those... Read more

The dangers of spiritualizing your psychological problems

Oct 10, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Maria had been struggling with some depressive and anxious thoughts for a while, although at the time, she didn’t recognize... Read more

Mother Teresa in 1980.

Mother Teresa 'radically loved her neighbor'

Aug 31, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Mother Teresa didn't try to solve all of the world's problems: she simply lived her life in radical service and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict thanks God for 'dark nights' in his life

May 22, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has revealed to his closest collaborators in the Sacred College of Cardinals how the “dark nights” of... Read more