US Catholic Faith in Real Life

What is the future of the liturgy?

By Father Anthony Ruff, O.S.B. | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Anthony Ruff says the best way to defend the church’s liturgical renewal is to celebrate the reformed liturgy as well as possible.

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Advance bishop

By Bryan Cones | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Moving a bishop should be more than an ecclesiastical game of chess.

Climbing the corporate ladder in our business-driven culture is generally applauded. Who doesn’t want the corner office, the big salary, and the perks of joining the true “company men” (who are still usually men, after all)? Staying in the same job or with the same company for too long can suggest a lack of ambition, and it certainly doesn’t improve one’s marketability.

Good shepherd: Father Stan Rother

By John Rosengren | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

On my first visit to Guatemala, I stayed with a priest who brought me to the neighboring village of Santiago Atitlán, where he told me the story of Father Stan Rother. The American missionary, caught in the middle of Guatemala’s civil war, wound up on a death list because the military government interpreted his charitable acts as subversive. Rother fled back home to Oklahoma for a brief exile but then decided to return to his parish. The pastor could not abandon his flock. “The shepherd cannot run,” he explained to friends.

Magic act

By Angelo Stagnaro | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
With a little sleight of hand and a lot of laughter, John Bosco connected people to the art of joy.

All in a Day’s work: Dorothy Day

By Robert Ellsberg | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

On Aug. 6, 1976 Dorothy Day was invited to address the World Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. The date of her talk was, of course, the Feast of the Transfiguration. But it was also, at least on the Catholic Worker calendar, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Consequently we were astonished to learn that the Congress had scheduled for that day—of all days—a Mass to commemorate the armed forces.

Another side of paradise: The continuing work of Mother Marianne Cope and Father Damien De Veuster in Kalaupapa

By Mimi Forsyth | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Is Kalaupapa the world's most isolated spot? That's what Hawaii's King Kamehameha V thought in 1865, when he signed a law banishing people with advanced stages of leprosy (now called Hansen's Disease) to the north shore of the island of Molokai.

Tender mercies

By Mathew Schmalz | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Suffering meets consolation in the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

For the sake of his sorrowful passion . . .

It was 3 p.m. and it was time to say the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. I had a rosary in my hands and was counting out the litany in the midst of a small prayer group that I had been invited to join for the day.

Apology accepted

By Sheryl Frances Chen | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Reconciliation is more than baring your soul to a confessor—it’s a place to remember that we’re always forgiven.

Catholics are less than two percent of the population of Norway, and there are only nine priests in our diocese. That means one does not have much choice of confessors. When I was at a meeting in Ireland, therefore, it occurred to me that I could ask one of the abbots there to hear my confession.

Now a word from our sponsor

By Beth Knobbe | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Mentoring newcomers can refresh the faith of a Catholic at any stage of the journey

Where is the hope in Lent? Isn’t Lent about dying?” I could feel the tension as our RCIA conversation shifted from Christmas to Easter. We were talking about the purple candles of Advent and the purple vestments of Lent, and how both are symbols of hope. The hope surrounding Christmas was obvious, but why do we celebrate hope during Lent?

Say it like you mean it

By Jim Dinn | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
When a lector shares the Word of God passionately, even if not perfectly, it can inspire Catholics in the pews to explore scripture as well.

My introduction to being a lector came through the invitation of another parish minister—not the pastor or another lector but the choir director. She encouraged me to minister at the lectern rather than in the choir loft. People familiar with my singing suggested that her discernment spared the whole parish.