US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Contagious Spirit: Father Damien

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The example of Father Damien, the new Hawaiian saint, has a young man from the mainland catching on to the Aloha way of life.

Humble piety: Sister Jeanne Jugan

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The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success.

In the last few years I have been a friend to an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, "Here's my chance to be a saint."


Let's canonize Dorothy Day

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With this 1983 article Claretian Publications began a grassroots effort to promote the official declaration of Dorothy Day as a saint.

Ten ways to put new life into Lent

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These Lenten practices can help your spirituality to blossom this year.

Have you lost track of Lent in recent years? Has it lost substance and grit? Here are a few ideas you might consider to help you get more traction along your spiritual path.


Three ways to get into spiritual shape this Lent

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Just like our exercise routines, our Lenten routines aim to both push us and make us feel good.

When you listed to some older Catholics talk about the spirituality that formed them, you hear a lot about a harsh, demanding, and rather unforgiving God, a moral taskmaster brooding over the slightest offense, a Father wearing a perpetual frown.


Mountain man

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Forty years after his untimely death, Thomas Merton continues to inspire us to climb new spiritual peaks.

Few writers of the past century have had as big an impact on so many people as Thomas Merton (1915-1968). His readers ranged from popes to high school students, from astronauts to taxi drivers, from mystics to people trying to decide if God exists. His interests were as wide ranging as the Milky Way, from prayer and contemplation to war and peace, from every aspect of Christianity to aspects of Buddhism and other religions.


Standing room only: Creating a crowded creche

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When admittance to the nativity scene is free and open to the public, Bethlehem can get a little crowded—but the creche is enriched because of it.

I don’t have pictures of myself sitting terrified on Santa’s lap. Despite his slow but certain infiltration into the traditional Spanish Christmas, he has never been able to dethrone the Wise Men who, flanked by pages, still sit in department stores and city squares to listen to children whose wishes they will fulfill the day after their parades on January 6.


Watch: 5 questions with Laurie Brink, O.P.

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We shouldn’t get hung up on the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, says this Bible scholar. As with any scripture story, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Open some doors this Advent

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"Listen! I am standing at the door knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Rev. 3:20).

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