Praying with your feet

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
Getting in the pilgrim state of mind can be as easy as a walk in the park.

Few human activities are more basic than walking, and few more taken for granted. You need to watch an infant to be reminded that walking is a hard-won achievement. Learning to walk is one of the main projects of our first year of life. Somehow it dawns on us at a very early age that getting around on two legs might be better than crawling. Once this miracle is achieved and the parental applause dies down, it’s something we do daily, minus ovations, until accident or illness or old age stops us.


Responding to clericalism and sex abuse

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Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, Scott Appleby responds to clericalism and sex abuse.

Read more scholars on today's signs of the times.


Vatican 2.0: A look ahead to the next 50 years

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology Sex and Sexuality Social Justice Spirituality War and Peace Women Young Adults
Fifty years after the game-changing council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times.

Rather than taking another nostalgic look back at the Second Vatican Council, the editors of U.S. Catholic decided to mark this month’s 50th anniversary of its opening by inviting some of today’s leading thinkers in the church to sketch out principles that might guide the people of God in responding to several new signs of the times.


Say 'I do' at Sunday Mass

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Say 'I do' at Sunday Mass

By Scott Alessi| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Glad You Asked: What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The Liturgy of the Hours is a small but bulky and intimidating-looking red-bound prayer book with lots of confusing multicolored ribbons. It is that, but of course it’s much more.



Glad You Asked: What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The Liturgy of the Hours is a small but bulky and intimidating-looking red-bound prayer book with lots of confusing multicolored ribbons. It is that, but of course it’s much more.



Take a closer look: Lectio Divina

By Sister Sheryl Frances Chen | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
There's more to praying with scripture than the words on the page.

At my 30th class reunion, one of the lectures offered was by a young psychologist doing cognitive research. He showed us a three-minute video, and our task was to watch two basketball teams, one in white uniforms and one in black, and count the number of straight passes and the number of bounce passes made by the team in white.


Om-schooled: How Yoga can influence your Catholic prayer

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
Catholics can take a lesson from the Hindu tradition of yoga when it comes to praying with body, mind, and spirit.

Walking into the dark chapel, gothic arches soaring overhead and didactic glass staining the pews with jewel-toned light, I tried to calm my mind. Papers, classes, work, broken relationships, my future. The thoughts sparked in rapid succession, a finale-on-the-Fourth-of-July-show in my mind. I dropped a knee to the cold floor, blessed myself, and slumped into the nearest pew.


Glad You Asked: Why do we go to confession?

By Victoria M. Tufano| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

The very word confession conjures up all kinds of stories and images, but those who go to confession know that it is a source of holy comfort and blessed relief. Confession is a gift, a means of grace, a way to God, and a way back to God.

This sacrament originated early in the church’s life, when it became clear that those who had been baptized were not immune to sin. Lesser sins were considered to be forgiven through prayer, fasting, works of mercy, and participation in the Eucharist. Greater sins needed more.


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