US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Are we there yet?

By Bryan Cones | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Even Jesus had to spend some time--Holy Saturday to be exact--waiting to see if things were going to work out. In this column from the archives, Bryan Cones explores the importance of the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

What will you be doing April 15?

Three of a kind

By Mary Ann Perga | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
The selfless gift of the Eucharist, the selfless death of Jesus, and the Resurrection are all one great act of love from God.

Lost and found

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Death and life often travel hand in hand on the Christian journey.

Brother's son and his wife just had their first baby, a little boy. His name is Colin David, David being my brother, who died of cancer when his son was only 3 years old.

Fake it till you make it: St. Genesius, patron of actors

By Dan Cawthon | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
St. Genesius isn’t just the patron of high school thespians. We can all learn something about acting like Christ from this legendary actor.

Anyone who was a member of a Catholic high school or college drama club during the 1950s and ’60s no doubt knows about St. Genesius—the patron saint of actors. According to legend, he was an actor during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the third century. To win the emperor’s favor, he took on a role satirizing a Christian about to be baptized.

The other Irish saint

By Karen Rushen O’Brien | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Raise a pint and air out your linens—St. Brigid is coming.

Early in our marriage my husband, Stephen, an Irish immigrant to the United States, was having trouble sleeping. He was happy enough with his new life in Chicago, but a combination of culture shock concerning all things American and simply missing the familiar ways of his homeland left him vaguely restless and disoriented, a state that appeared to manifest itself most powerfully at night, once the lights went out and the noise of the day died away.

Doctor’s orders

By Karen Scott | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
To cure the maladies of both the medieval church and spiritual seekers today, Doctor of the Church Catherine of Siena prescribes meditating on Christ’s passion.

I first met Caterina Benincasa, better known as St. Catherine of Siena, during a trip to her hometown in Italy. I was a college student trying to figure out how to become Catholic and still have a good relationship with my non-Christian family. I had spent that happy summer program in Florence studying Renaissance history, discovering the beauty of religious art, and falling in love with God.

Don't trash our past: An interview with Robert Orsi on the history of devotions

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In honor of the Feast of Saint Jude, we've dug up this interview with Robert Orsi from 2005 about the history of devotions--devotion to St. Jude being among the most popular.

Orsi is the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard Divinity School. His latest book, Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them (Princeton) follows Thank You, St. Jude (Yale) and The Madonna of 115th Street (Yale).

Conscientious courage

By Michael Hovey | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Franz Jägerstätter paved the way for those who object to war by following a higher order.

In April 1974, while serving at the U.S. Navy base in Sasebo, Japan, I visited the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum in the nearby city of Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces.