• New prayers, same Mass

    by Mitch Finley

    Changing the prayers of the Mass is not something Catholics take lightly. Parishes throughout the English-speaking world are now in the process of coming to grips with a new translation of those very prayers. In 2009, after several years of work, the… read more

  • More Praying With Mary

    by Bill Dodds

    There’s a comfort in rhythm. We experience it from the time we’re gently rocked in our mother’s arms until we find ourselves — so many years later — rocking an infant two or even three generations younger than we are. &… read more

  • Keeping the faith at college

    by Dan Connors

    I remember walking across the campus that Sunday morning, asking God to forgive me for what I was about to do. I had been wrestling with my conscience and praying for courage ever since leaving Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas chapel. But, alas, it wouldn&… read more

  • Making the Sign of the Cross

    by D.D. Emmons

    Among the most universal and public of all Catholic prayers is the Sign of the Cross. Walk into a Catholic church anywhere in the world, and you will see all who enter signing themselves; sit down for a meal in a Catholic home, and the prayer before … read more

  • Read the Bible? Me?

    by Alice Camille

    How many words does it take to change your life? For most of us, it depends on which words we may be waiting for. “Marry me!” “I forgive you.” “You have talent, kid.” “The test results look good.” One thing… read more

  • You’re more spiritual than you think

    by James Martin, SJ

    Incompletion“Is that all there is?” sang Peggy Lee in the 1960s. “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” sang Bono in the 1980s. Your wish for “something more” may be a sign of your desire for God… read more

  • Bless me, Mother

    by Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck

    Five minutes before my children go to bed, I am not feeling very holy. They are tired, and I am exhausted. There are blue globs of toothpaste in the sink basin because Jamie, 5, isn’t tall enough to spit right into the drain. There is often a trail… read more

  • A family blessing for a returning service member

    by Paul Boudreau

    Returning troops all have had different experiences. Some, like Emilio Sanchez, have served in combat. Others worked as medics, gunners, truck drivers, or on ships offshore. But all have been exposed to the violence and human degradation of war. Some… read more

  • How to pray the Rosary

    by Catholic Digest Staff

     It is customary to assign each chaplet to a particular day of the week. Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM) suggests that the Joyful mysteries be prayed on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious … read more

  • How the Rosary teaches us to pray

    by Thomas H. Groome

    Like many Catholics, I grew up in a family that recited the Rosary every night. And we knew why we did; as Mom would often assure us, the most effective person to take our prayers to Jesus was his own mother. As a good son, how could He refuse her?  … read more