Dynamic duo: Pat and Patty Crowley

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Article Marriage and Family

Pat and Patty Crowley will always be Pat-and-Patty to me—individuals but inseparable—even though I only came to know them through Patty alone. Pat died in 1974, shortly after my wife and I joined the Christian Family Movement. We didn’t know then the power of CFM and its straightforward approach.

More than two decades later my wife and I were among the couples who regularly met at Patty’s apartment to prepare for the CFM’s 50th anniversary conference in 1999.


The world of Vatican II: The art of Franklin McMahon

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Article Art and Architecture

See the Second Vatican Council through the eyes of artist Franklin McMahon in a slideshow created just for USCatholic.org.

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Death becomes us

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Article Spirituality
It’s time to resurrect Catholic wisdom about the art of dying.

St. Francis: Patron of ecology

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Article Environment Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Even if St. Francis of Assisi wasn't an environmentalist in the modern sense of the word, Keith Warner, OFM finds modern Catholics can learn a lot from his love for creation.

[Read more from Keith Warner on Catholic environmentalism.]


Let's Get Political

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics
How parishes can successfully navigate this election year and promote faithful citizenship.

Do you have faith in your vote?

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics
Catholics are valued voters for the candidates because they take their faith and their role in democracy seriously. In a 2008 U.S. Catholic survey, though, readers reveal that faith can lead voters in very different directions.

Like a good neighbor: The lessons of the Good Samaritan

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Article Spirituality
The Good Samaritan points the way to a humbler, holier church.

We need more humility in the church today. It is a sad truth that these days we live in a divided church, as we do in our society in general, where deep differences prevent people of the same faith from talking to one another or even worshiping together.


Crash course: Family "collisions" allow moments of grace

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family
Brace yourself: A family, like a universe, needs an occasional collision to keep growing.

Our family went to Chicago’s Adler Planetarium last year and saw the feature Cosmic Collisions. This was not a soothing, gaze-at-the-night-sky experience. Instead, Cosmic Collisions grabs visitors and hurls them through time and space to explore the hypersonic impacts driving the continuing evolution of the universe.


The devil in the details: Sensationalizing crime

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Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
We shouldn’t let sensationalized crime become an occasion of sin.

Travel companion: Spiritual directors can help navigate your personal journey of faith

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Article Spirituality
On the road of life, it’s helpful to have an experienced navigator in the passenger seat.

Lunch lasted almost three hours. We talked about health care, the economy, books, movies, and grandchildren. At one time this group of friends belonged to the same parish. Though times have changed, we have remained close. They are my dearest friends who have supported me through struggles, illness, and even the death of my husband.

Nevertheless, there is one area that never comes up in the conversation—my prayer life, that place where I “live and move and have my being.”


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