US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Not-so-special delivery

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Sometimes the toxic waste is not just in babies' diapers.

The samples reviewed by the researchers at the Washington based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based chemicals, carcinogenic residue from dozens of widely used flame retardants, pesticides, and much more.


Do this in memory of me, but do it well

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In an interview with U.S. Catholic, Bishop Kenneth Edward Untener shared his vision of a nourishing liturgy and united church.

You've written about the busyness in parishes these days. How is that a problem?


Five prayers Catholics can take to heart

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The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God.-Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God (Hudson River, 1981)


How did the Mass become BYOB?

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Wine possesses a multi-layered significance that brings Christians into communion with Christ but also with one another, with our Jewish heritage, and with cultures preceding our own. It serves as a flavor-enhancing, pleasure-giving element of the messianic banquet. Receiving it in faith, we are “enthused,” filled with the divine reality that is the source of all life. In a sacramental sense we know it as the Blood of the Lord. But how did wine get involved with religion in the first place?


Anglican idol

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Though the pop hits of U2 may not be coming to a Catholic church near you,the latest eucharistic fad still has a lesson to offer.


Seven habits of highly effective mass goers

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Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who won't respond? Or tried to dance with someone who won't move? What would happen if the outfielders just stood there and stared as the ball was hit deep into center?


Confession: A shadow of its former self?

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 When Bonnie Lavric was growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the mid-1960's, her mother, father, and four siblings dutifully piled into their VW Beetle every Saturday for an afternoon drive. The destination? Weekly individual Confessions at their local parish.
  

Let's put the Eucharist to work

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With a name like "Communion," it seems obvious that Eucharist shouldn't be a private experience. Robert J. McClory takes a look at parishes living out Jesus' command to "do this in memory of me."

The other Latin Mass

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Charismatic liturgies, with their lively music, mysticism, and strong community, offer the best of both worlds to Hispanic Catholics looking for a little more oomph in the Mass.

 


Guided tours: Four routes to the ultimate destination

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For the ultimate getaway why not create a customized travel itinerary designed with your spiritual needs in mind? Choose from Ignatian, Benedictine, Carmelite, or Franciscan guides.

 

Like many parents of young children, Ivan Uberti likes to begin his family's supper by saying grace. But in addition to saying a traditional mealtime prayer, Uberti's family takes time for another, less common spiritual practice he learned at his local Jesuit parish.


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