US Catholic Faith in Real Life

June 2020

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June 2020

Vol. 85, No. 6

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Sacred grounds

By Susan Salaz
Holy ground is everywhere--even down America's backroads.


The new seekers

by Judith Valente
Many adults who eschew traditional religion are finding spiritual sustenance in surprising places.



Show us the way

Three writers reflect on the saints who have guided them on their individual life journeys.

St. Dominic de Guzman
by Sister Rhonda Miska, O.P.

St. Katharine Drexel
by Alice Camille



St. Cuthbert
by Kenneth McIntosh



Good shepherds

by Sue Stanton
To understand God in a new way, watch a border collie herd its beloved flock.


Sounding Board

Where to say 'I do'?

by Father John Christman, S.S.S., and Julie Tragon
An increasing number of dioceses are considering outdoor wedding Masses.


Expert Witness

The path forward

an interview with Timothy Egan
Lapsed faith and family trauma led this New York Times columnist to seek resolution on a 1,000-mile pilgrimage.


In Person

Music ministry

by Jennon Bell Hoffmann
This child of immigrants founded an orchestra that gives refugees a place to thrive.



The Examined Life: In communion

By Emily Sanna
There is no God without relationships.


Salt & Light: All things new

By Father Bryan Massingale
Christian ethical tradition offers valuable insight for deep uncertainty.


Margin Notes: Our invisible army

By Kevin Clarke
"the stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone."


Culture in Context: Perfectly imperfect

By Pamela Hill Nettleton
A new Netflix one-season drama unmasks two dark worlds.


Home Faith: Love grows

By Matt Paolelli
Even in the unexpected, God's love overflows for each of us.


Testaments: Shifting Sands

By Alice Camille
When the ground gives out beneath you, take a breath and remember what's important.


Glad You Asked: Should Catholics serve in the military?

By Stephen Schneck




Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)