US Catholic Faith in Real Life

All in the family

By Justin Catanoso | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
A journalist tries to get the real scoop on his cousin the saint.

The halls of Riuniti Hospital in Reggio Calabria were bustling that summer day with white-coated doctors and orderlies. The P.A. system blared as southern Italians waited in long lines for care. I had come for something else. I had come to see a medicine man about a miracle.

Death takes a holiday

By Paul Conklin | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
In San Marcos de Tlatazola—and throughout Mexico—El Dia de los Muertos reunites the living with the dead.

San Marcos de Tlatazola must have been old when Columbus reached the New World.

Hemmed in on all sides by the cloud-mottled peaks of the Sierra Madre, the village is located in southern Mexico in an arid landscape of few trees, abundant cacti, and an occasional field of spindly corn.

Not holier than thou

By Joel Schorn | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Read enough about our tradition’s holy role models, one saint afficionado says, and you’ll start to believe you can be one, too.

I came to the stories of the saints in a rather unusual way—and one I don’t expect any of you to share: I wrote for a Catholic homily preparation resource, and part of that work involved saying something about the feast days of the saints in the liturgical calendar. To do that, I had to read up on them.

A pilgrim’s way home

By Ana María Pineda, R.S.M. | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Twenty-five years after Archbishop Romero's assassination, one Salvadoreña visits people and places that carry on his message.

Ana María Pineda, R.S.M.

In the evening of March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador was shot and killed while celebrating Mass in the chapel on the grounds of Divine Providence hospital. His enemies rejoiced while the poor of El Salvador wept.

Preferred providers

By Lawrence Cunningham | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Thenaming in 1997 of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as a "Doctor of the church" by Pope John Paul II caused Catholics around the world to ask what the term means, what its history is, and what the significance of the title is, both for the one honored and for theCatholic tradition in general.

They did it their way

By A U.S. Catholic interview | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Your book All Saints tells the stories of a broad range of saints-some officially canonized and some not, some Catholic or Christian, some not. How did you select whom to include?


Why does Easter seem to go on forever?

By David Philippart | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

At the heart of our faith is the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this mystery—this Paschal Mystery—every Sunday, in every Eucharist. Yet since the first century we have set aside one Sunday a year, in conjunction with the full moon of spring and the Jewish Passover, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in a most solemn way.

Who was St. Augustine, and why should I care?

By Michael Cameron | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
“LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU, O Beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I love you!” So prayed the passionate theologian and pastor of the early church, St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430).

Unwrap the gifts of Advent

By Joan Chittister | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Christmas should be an attitude toward life, not an endurance exercise. This Advent season, why not shop the scriptures rather than the malls to prepare?