Say it like you mean it

By Jim Dinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
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.


Good things come in nines

By Ginny Kubitz Moyer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
When at first you don’t succeed, pray, pray, and pray again. A novena is repetitive for a reason; its nine days help us remember others and open our hearts.

Six years ago, I was at a Fourth of July party when a woman I know handed me a photocopied sheet. “I’m asking everyone to pray this novena for my fiancé’s brother, who is struggling with mental illness,” she said. “You say the prayer nine days in a row.”


Amazon Warrior

By Kathy Coffey| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Even unto death, Dorothy Stang had no fear in her fight for the poor and the rain forest, and her example inspires us to join the battle.

Just when I thought I’d outgrown mentors, a friend introduced me to David Stang. His enthusiasm for his favorite subject, his sister Dorothy, is contagious.


Praying with your feet

By Jim Forest| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
Getting in the pilgrim state of mind can be as easy as a walk in the park.

Few human activities are more basic than walking, and few more taken for granted. You need to watch an infant to be reminded that walking is a hard-won achievement. Learning to walk is one of the main projects of our first year of life. Somehow it dawns on us at a very early age that getting around on two legs might be better than crawling. Once this miracle is achieved and the parental applause dies down, it’s something we do daily, minus ovations, until accident or illness or old age stops us.


Understanding and responding to AIDS in Africa

By Father Bénézet Bujo| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality Women
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Father Benezet Bujo challenges us to consider the context of HIV-AIDS in Africa and to find meaningful solutions.

Read more scholars on today's signs of the times.

The church as family is the place where all members give to each other and nourish together the gift of life.


Why I walked out of Mass

By Victor Landa| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Spirituality

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Women and authority in the church

By Phyllis Zagano| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican Women
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, professor Phyllis Zagano examines the possibility of women deacons.

Read more scholars on today's signs of the times.

Principle:


What is the history of marriage?

By Kathleen Manning| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Parish Life Scripture and Theology

Before the obligatory “Ave Maria” and a crazy aunt leading “YMCA” at the reception, guests at a Catholic wedding witness “a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation of children.” But this was not always the case. For more than a thousand years of church history, this idea of marriage faced plenty of healthy competition.


The gospel truth: What can the gospels teach us about the historical Jesus?

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Though the evangelists shouldn't be confused with reporters, they've left clues to the facts behind our biblical faith.

Jesus has his normally crowded itinerary this month. In our Sunday readings he'll be lecturing his disciples on why they don't need more faith--they just need faith. Then he'll be chased by 10 lepers crying out for a miracle. After dispatching them whole, if not unanimously grateful, he'll teach a lesson or two about the importance of prayer. Then that needy tax collector Zacchaeus, dangling from a tree, will catch his attention.


Pages