US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How to handle grief

By Jack Miller | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Jack Miller, author of Healing Our Losses: A Journal for Working Through Your Grief (1993), doesn't tell peple how to grieve-only that they must grieve. "Grief is on a continuum," he says. "You have to move from one end of it to the other, and you can't miss any step along the way."

Why get to know the historical Jesus?

By John P. Meier | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

When it comes to figuring out what the Jesus of Christian faith has to do with the anthropological Jesus studied by historians, Catholics are lucky: They have lots of options. "For a Catholic," John P. Meier has written, "the full reality of Jesus Christ is mediated through many channels. . . . My faith in Christ does not rise or fall with my attempt to state what I can or cannot know about Jesus of Nazareth by means of modern historical research."

Is there life after death?

By Paula D'Arcy | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

In 1975 the unthinkable happened: Paula D'Arcy lost her husband, Roy, and 21-month-old daughter, Sarah, after a drunk driver hit their car. Pregnant at the time, Paula survived-only to be plunged into excruciating grief over her loss.

As painful as it was, D'Arcy now recognizes that grieving was the best thing that has ever happened to her. Learning to let go and recognizing that all of life is fragile led to a radical spiritual transformation that enabled her to see her Catholic faith in a new light.

Our sisters' keeper

By Kevin Clarke | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
A recent United Nations report offers a sobering assessment on the condition of women.


Why the Bible sometimes doesn't help

By Heidi Schlumpf | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Many Catholics couples struggling with infertility naturally turn to the scriptures for solace. Maybe they shouldn't.

Although the Old and New Testaments are full of examples of "barren women"-Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Elizabeth, to name a few-it's unlikely that many contemporary infertile couples will find comfort in their stories.

A woman's place is in the Bible

By Gina Hens-Piazza | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Far from being just a story about "the patriarchs," the Old Testament is full of surprising stories about courageous women who keep salvation history on course.

Do Protestants and Catholics read from the same book?

By Santiago Cortes-Sjoberg | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

A Bible is a Bible. Or is it? When I taught religion at a Catholic high school, I always had to tell my students to be sure they had a Bible that was "Catholic." Why did I have to make this clarification?

While all Christian Bibles have the same number of New Testament books, they do differ on the number of books found in the Old Testament.

Bible study: it's not just for Protestants anymore

By Bob Zyskowski | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Gary Hoffman's passion for the Bible has caused him to wind up in prison. "When you begin to reflect on scripture, it calls you deeper and deeper," he says. "I remember several times when we would hold Bible study sessions in our home. They were supposed to go for an hour and a half or two, but then people would start reflecting on how a passage applied to their own spiritual journey, and they'd really get into it. It would go on and on into the night.

Borderline Christianity

By Moises Sandoval | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

During Mass each Wednesday at Casa Juan Diego in Houston, immigrants speak of not eating for days, having nothing to drink for a week, seeing people die of thirst or because they drank irrigation water with chemicals in it.

The Creed: Do you believe what you just said?

By R. Scott Appleby | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

I once knew a young priest, an affable fellow and gifted liturgist, who nonetheless had the annoying habit of omitting the Creed when he presided at Mass. On one occasion when I served as lector and he as presider, he explained to me privately his aversion to the profession of faith.