US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Real Animal

By Danny Duncan Collum |
Article

Real Animal
Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo has been in the rock and roll business for 30 years now, but Real Animal, his first major-label release, is the breakthrough that puts together his disparate pieces.


Rachel Getting Married

By Patrick McCormick |
Article

Rachel Getting Married
Sony Pictures Classics, 2008

Director Jonathan Demme and writer Jenny Lumet’s ensemble film about a big sprawling suburban wedding reminds us that marriage is a mix of chosen and un-chosen unions. The coupling of husband and wife also joins together a menagerie of pleasant and decidedly unpleasant relatives who become, for better or worse, our in-laws and lifelong companions.


Bread Body Spirit

By Annemarie Scobey |
Article

Bread Body Spirit
Edited and with introductions by Alice Peck (Skylights Path Publishing, 2008)

This is a book that will make you hungry. You’ll be hungry for the rich curried vegetable soup in the chapter entitled “The Parable of the Squash,” and you’ll be hungry to take a new, more meaningful look at the meals you serve and eat.


Learning to Bend

By Danny Duncan Collum |
Article

Learning to Bend
Ben Sollee

Singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee, 24, is at the beginning of what promises to be a very interesting American roots music career. Yes, you read that right—“cellist” and “roots music” in the same sentence. You hear “cello” and you think chamber music? Well, this young Kentuckian wants to change that—and more.


Character development

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article

There is no particular person author Ann Patchett has looked to for inspiration. Instead, she credits her Catholic faith for teaching her a boundless capacity for creativity and appreciation for metaphor. Patchett has harnessed that power to her audience: She is the recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize (2002) and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel Bel Canto, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States and has been translated into 30 languages.


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