US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us

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In the last installment of our All Saints guest blog, a relatively obscure figure in the church is held up as a model for young adult Catholics.

Most people don’t know Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  I had no clue until recently. But ever since I found out, he has become an influential patron in my work as Executive Director of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA). 


Was St. Joseph really so extraordinary?

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In the last of three reflections on the adopted father of Jesus, we are reminded how as ordinary of an act as caring for a child has great meaning.

By guest blogger Sean Flynn

During my most cynical moments as a foster parent, I feel like an afterthought. Or an innkeeper. Or a punching bag. Or a weirdo. I want to complain, throw some punches, and then give up.


St. Joseph, the foster parent

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St. Joseph is a popular saint among our guest bloggers. Three have written to describe how St. Joseph inspires them. Today, we share a reflection on how the patron saint of foster parents teaches acceptance, Mother Teresa guides charity, and children inspire love.

By guest blogger Emily Dagostino


St. Joseph, the father

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In the first of three guest blog posts about St. Joseph, we read about an often overlooked image of Joseph: as a father.

By guest blogger Kevin Considine


Saintly strength in times of doubt

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Even through moments of depression and despair, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton demonstrated strength and courage.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and I have a few things in common. We were both born in New York City and raised two “saucy” boys, though in addition she raised three girls. Also like me, Elizabeth was social, loved to dance, and was good at organizing. She even helped arrange President George Washington’s first inaugural ball in 1789, which was held in New York.


A saint with other plans

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The best laid plans may not always be God's plans. St. Francis inspires us to hear God's call.

By guest blogger Donna Richert

Sometimes I think I have my whole life figured out.  I grew up, got an education, fell in love, got married, had a family, enjoyed a teaching vocation, became a grandparent, and loved others along the way.

But perhaps, there was another plan, and I just didn’t hear the invitation. 


Saints, big and small

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Tradition has too many heros of the faith to pick just one. It's a  community who inspires today's guest blogger on the saints.

By guest blogger Joan Kreb


St. Ignatius, pray for me

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Ignatius of Loyola taught Bridget Purdome how to make time for prayer.

By guest blogger Bridget Purdome

Why would a progressive Catholic woman, who is passionate about empowering other women, call on a male saint who lived in the 16th century?  A saint who was a womanizer as a young man. A saint who used militaristic language in his writings. A saint who never accepted women as full partners in his ministry. Surely, there are enough female saints to turn to! 


Archbishop Romero, Pray for us

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In honor of All Saints and All Souls Days, we've asked readers and contributors to share some thoughts on the people who inspire them in in their faith. Michael J. Sanem gets us started with his thoughts on how Archbishop Romero is a true sign of how church leadership serves the least among us.

By Michael J. Sanem