US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A remarkable life

By Robert E. Burns | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Robert E. Burns wouldn't approve of this approach to Journalism. He wasn't one for shining a light on one of the editors. During his regime-executive editor of U.S. Catholic from 1963 to 1984-he strictly followed the policy of not identifying authors by more than name (he felt articles should be judged by the strength of the ideas they contained, not the writer's credentials or celebrity). For most of the 37 years he wrote this column his authorship was sparely acknowledged by the initials R.E.B.

Six ordinary opportunities for raising good kids

By Tom McGrath | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

The scary part of parenting is that you never know when you're making an indelible impression on your kids, nor what lesson your child is taking from it. Looking back warmly on efforts to foster couth and culture in his children, a father might be prone to cast about for a word of appreciation.

Do you remember when we took you to the library every Saturday morning for those Classics for Young Readers sessions?"

"Yeah, I learned a lot. That's where I met Larry, and he taught me how to burp on command."

"Ah, splendid."

Give me a sign

By Renée M. LaReau | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
How do I know I'm doing God's will?


Two years into her work at a New York advertising research firm, Joan Conroy realized her workdays were making her miserable.

"A lot of it was just the way I was feeling when I would come home at the end of the day," says Conroy, 27. "I wasn't feeling like I had energy; I was burned out. I didn't want to come home every day feeling like this."

Conroy, who has a bachelor's degree in psychology, longingly thought of her past social services work with homeless people, which she had done for two years after college.

French connection

By Heidi Schlumpf | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
In Burgundy's wine country, young people find peace and perspective on retreat at a monastery in Taize.


At first there is fidgeting. And clearing of throats. Legs crossed and uncrossed, positions shifted. But slowly the silence descends, and there is stillness. For 15 whole minutes, hundreds of teenagers and young adults are alone-together-with their thoughts and with their God.

Catholics Read program offers free Bible resources and study program

By Matt Bigelow | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Catholics Read provides Catholics with supplemental material and a reading guide to understanding the Bible in an effort to help Catholics grow in faith and understanding of the sacred scripture.

Four routes to the ultimate destination

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If you're seeking to add a new dimension to your spiritual life, here's a quick introduction to some of the most time-honored rich spiritual traditions around.

Basic focus: "Finding God in all things." Ongoing discernment that calls its followers to recognize good and choose it over evil, and to experience the presence of God in all creation. All that we do should focus on seeking and serving the greater glory of God.
Spiritual practices: Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, examen of consciousness.

Time crunched: How busy schedules are sapping our spirit

By Thomas J. Billitteri | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
How busy schedules are sapping our spirit.

After 15 years in the feverish world of corporate technology sales, Lu Ann Polejewski, mother of two, decided to make a change-or, as she says, to "re-engineer" her career. She now works from her suburban Minneapolis home as a business consultant, earning less money than she did during her sales career but spending more time with her family.

Inconceivable: The spiritual test of infertility

By Heidi Schlumpf | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
God said, "Be fruitful and multiply." But millions of couples can't do that on their own, and the spiritual struggles are often as daunting as the physical and emotional ones.


New parents often describe childbirth and their part in procreation in religious, almost mystical, terms. It's a "miracle," "awesome," "glorious." Giving birth to their children is why God put them on this earth, a vocation, more important than anything else they will ever do. Some even see it as sharing in God's creative power.

So what if you were told you could never have that?

Asking for direction ... finally

By Peter Feureherd | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Sometimes the best place to talk to Catholic baby boomer men about spirituality is far removed from the quiet of a church sanctuary.