Death becomes us
It’s time to resurrect Catholic wisdom about the art of dying.
Let's Get Political
How parishes can successfully navigate this election year and promote faithful citizenship.
Do you have faith in your vote?
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
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
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
We shouldn’t let sensationalized crime become an occasion of sin.
Travel companion: Spiritual directors can help navigate your personal journey of faith
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.”
Maxed out: Spiritual cost of debt
Kym knows exactly what broke feels like.
A few months ago she was out of work and low on hope. When it looked as though she and her two children would be evicted from their California apartment, Kym-a Catholic with multiple sclerosis and no car to get her to her local parish-went online for help.
"Please pray for us," she wrote on a Catholic online bulletin board.
She found a quick and sympathetic response-some of it coming from other Catholics who have had their own close calls with too many bills, not enough cash.
In God we trust: Faithful money management
There is a wealth of opportunity for Catholics looking to put their money where their faith is.
Ray Boshara fondly remembers his grandmother washing and re-using plastic sandwich baggies. Her frugality has inspired him to champion a new era of thrift and stewardship for America.
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