Spiritual Life

from around the Archdiocese

The priesthood is God's gift to us
During the month of June, most of the priests in our archdiocese celebrate the anniversary of their priestly ordination. Typically, the Archdiocese of Omaha holds priestly ordinations on the first… Read More
THE CATHOLIC CULTURALIST – What we owe God: recovering the virtue of religion
We are not used to thinking about owing anything to God. In many ways, religion has become focused on “me,” going to Church therapeutically to feel good about oneself. In… Read More
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION: The power of the Holy Spirit transforms us
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and to the ends of all the earth” (Acts,… Read More
Your Heart, His Home: Praise for the Master Gardener
When I first moved into the cozy little house I rent, my yard, especially the backyard, was a bit of a disaster. A double lot and long neglected by previous… Read More
Celebrating the ‘high’ holy days of Holy Week, Easter
It’s a truly special time of grace! Every year in early springtime (late March through mid-April), Christians throughout the world celebrate their most solemn “high” holy days in a time… Read More
Your Heart, His Home: “Leave it all on the course”
“Leave it all on the course.” I first heard this expression some years ago when my brothers were running triathlons. One brother is an actual Ironman, having completed events consisting… Read More
Word on Fire: The Psalms – The Church’s Songbook
I had the extraordinary experience recently of recording all 150 Psalms for the new Catholic Hallow App. Over the course of several sittings, sequestered in a tiny studio, I endeavored… Read More
The power of sacrifice
More times than I can count I get asked a question like this: “Father, my children have left the Church. I pray for them all the time. What more can… Read More
Your Heart, His Home: Poverty has a name
The story went something like this: A group of MBAs from a prestigious university (that shall remain unnamed) determined that through applying their business acumen they could make Mother Teresa… Read More
Scripture Reflections: Rend your hearts this Lent
“Even now says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord your God”… Read More
The Catholic Culturalist: Relying on the mysterious gift of the Holy Spirit
Jesus makes a startling statement at the Last Supper: “It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come… Read More
Word on Fire: What are the laity supposed to be?
Back in the 1950s, Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, began to articulate a vision that was largely ratified at the Second Vatican Council. She said that… Read More

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