US Catholic Faith in Real Life

To eternity and beyond! Faith and space

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Forget about terrestrial matters for a moment and think outside the blue planet.

Our American Spirit is stuck--and I'm not talking about that intangible dimension of our national identity that keeps us upbeat and confident in these "tough economic times." I mean that little multi-wheeled, remote-control land rover that's been combing the sands of Mars since 2004 in search of signs of life.

From Russia with love

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An icon of Catholic social justice, Catherine de Hueck Doherty found that living among the poor helped her find stillness and peace.

For me, the distinct pull toward Russian spirituality was not something that developed over time. Rather it descended all at once like a warm cloak on a cold night.

Humble piety

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The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success.

In the last few years I have been a friend to an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, “Here’s my chance to be a saint.”

Fire starter

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Chiara Lubich’s vision of warmth and friendship has sparked dialogue among people of many faiths.

During the horrors of World War II, Chiara Lubich lived with a group of young women companions in Trent, Italy. “While in the air-raid shelter, we came upon the page of the gospel which speaks of the testament of Jesus: ‘May they all be one, Father, as you and I are one,’ ” Lubich said of this time. “These words seemed to light up one by one. That ‘everyone’ expanded our horizon. That prayer for unity was to be the goal of our life.”

Divine Comedian: Siobhan Fallon Hogan

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Actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan is serious about faith and family, but that hasn’t stopped her from being funny, too.

She’s appeared in more than 25 major motion pictures and countless episodes of television shows including Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and 30 Rock.

New year, new you: Spiritual resolutions

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Stretch your soul in ten minutes a day

It’s a new year, and time to get cracking on those resolutions. In addition to those vows to exercise regularly, eat better, save money, get organized, and call Mom more often, make room on your list for one more improvement: spiritual growth.

’Twas the fight before Christmas : A survival guide to a fairly happy holiday

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Family drama bringing you down? Our survival guide to fairly happy holidays recommends decking the halls, not your brother.

We've all seen the Hallmark version: the loving, happy, laughing family gathered around the Christmas tree.

Then there's real life.

The gift of Guadalupe

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Our Lady of Guadalupe is for all Catholics, says religious studies and theology professor Jeanette Rodriguez.

To understand Our Lady of Guadalupe--the powerful story of the 16th-century apparition of Mary to the Indian Juan Diego outside what is now Mexico City--Jeanette Rodriguez says we must first enter into the experience of near-annihilation that the indigenous people faced at the hands of the Spanish invaders. It was in response to their agony that Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke her message of loving presence.

Put in a good word

By Patrick Gallagher| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
If a eulogy sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Putting on rose-colored glasses to look at a loved one’s life, however, might be just what we need for resolution.

Recently I attended the wake and funeral for the father of a friend. At the wake, the children—now all middle-aged—took turns talking about their dad. They spoke with affection about his love for their mother and his devout faith.

Family Album: Remembering the dead

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The November feasts of All Saints and All Souls invite a long, loving look at those who have gone before us.

Life in a college town may be full of diversity, but it also has a shallow root system where faces and friendships come and go with the university calendar. Parish life and programs need to catch on quickly, and, just like with a grass fire, when you get a good idea, you stand back and watch it grow.