We have $161,839 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The Insights eNewsletter

The Mystery of the Spirit

First appeared on 05/21/2013. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.

I've been thinking lately about the disconnect between the spiritual and modern culture, which does its best to squeeze the spiritual out. I've tried to capture one aspect of the problem, as it affects even Catholics, here: Against a Facile Assurance of Salvation, the Need for Mystery.

Still, the spirit does have its moments. A recent funeral of a friend's child occasioned a pertinent reflection by Phil Lawler in Learning from the sick, and from the death of a child.

From another angle, Phil also suggests how little the opinion makers in the modern world "get" spiritual things: An exorcism? No, a blessing. You'd think reporters would know the difference.

It will surprise none of our readers that we need to form our young people with this difficulty of approaching the spiritual clearly in mind. Not least, this means better youth programs in our parishes. So how about one based on Eucharistic Adoration? See our latest website review of a new approach called Veritas.... [more content for subscribers]

There's much more! Sign up to receive Insights!

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Synod Continues 3 hours ago
Why Pope Francis cannot win on sexual abuse 4 hours ago
A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. October 8
What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? October 8
Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family October 7

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5