A preacher’s guide to a good homily

VANCOUVER – By the time Fr. Justin Huang stands before St. Anthony of Padua Church on a Sunday morning, he has done 10 hours of preparation and written about seven drafts of what he’ll say.

Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ's same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Our seat awaits at the Lord’s banquet

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 19 (Year B) Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58


Pope Francis asks consolation for all who suffer on feast of the Assumption

VATICAN – Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said.

Fight church scandal by living Catholic faith authentically, Pope tells youth

ROME – Members of the Catholic Church sin and give scandal, it's true, Pope Francis said, but it is up to each Catholic to live the faith as authentically as possible and witness to the world the love of Jesus.

Not doing evil is not enough to make one a saint, Pope tells youth

VATICAN – Being a Christian isn't just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: God is ready to help in our life’s journey

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 12 (Year B) 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51


Don't fall for idolatry when difficulties arise, Pope says

VATICAN – Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said.

Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules between slave and master, Pope says at Angelus

VATICAN – Doing God's will means first of all believing in Jesus and allowing love for him to translate into love for one's neighbors, Pope Francis said.

A "courageous creativity" is needed, Pope Francis tells young Jesuits

VATICAN – The courage, prayer and creativity that should characterize every Jesuit's ministry must be especially present when ministering to young people who are unemployed and feel hopeless, Pope Francis said.