US Catholic Faith in Real Life

I'm open: Finding grace in sports and life

By Joan Sauro, C.S.J. | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Grace follows us around, but sometimes we have to get into the right position to receive it.

In the poet Chaucer’s day—that is, 14th-century England—April came with shoots, buds, and singing birds, the air tinged with the sweet breath of zephyr winds. It was then that folks rose from a long winter sleep with thoughts of pilgrimage on their minds. In merry fellowship men and women journeyed to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury to thank the martyr and seek his continuing protection. On the way the pilgrims told stories and welcomed a stop at the Tabard Inn.

Road tripped: Finding grace in life's unexpected bumps, twists, and turns

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Life’s unexpected twists and turns need time to reveal the lessons they offer.

Mowing the grass doesn’t rank high on the list of major life events, but when the left leg and arm of the person working next to you suddenly stop functioning properly, you realize pretty quickly that some major life events—maybe the most significant ones—are not calendared in advance but burst upon you like an unwelcome surprise.

No pain, no gain: Offering it up

By Bill Harkins | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Sometimes the struggles we choose can unite us with those whose suffering comes unbidden.

At about mile 22 I practically forgot the reason I was running-or at this point barely jogging-my second marathon in as many years. My feet were screaming at me to stop "offering it up" and lay my aching body down in the grass. It would feel so good to stretch out and soak up the Florida sunshine. A little voice asked, "Couldn't praying a rosary in the prone position be just as effective as pounding out 26.2 miles?"

War stories

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Faith on the line in Iraq and at home

Island Queen: A reflection on Our Lady of Charity

By María Ruiz Scaperlanda | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Our Lady of Charity warms the hearts of Cubans both on the island and dispersed throughout the world.

As Cuban refugees in Puerto Rico, my parents made it a priority in our upbringing for my brother Ignacio and me to learn Cuban history and traditions, from music and family stories to geography and José Martí’s poetry.

Is your faith working? A Labor Day survey on faith and work

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When U.S. Catholic readers punch the clock, they don't forget that they are still on God's time, according to a Reader Survey in honor of Labor Day.

Lasting supper: Alice Camille on Jesus as the Bread of Life

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Fruit of the vine and work of human hands, a meal shared in communion with a friend becomes for us the bread of life.

"How much do you want to know?" The question I asked my good friend was hardly casual. Dale and I were sitting in a hospital room, and he was in bad shape.

One Tweet too many? Take a social media fast

By Roxane B. Salonen | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
In one month last year Americans spent 63.5 billion minutes engaging in social media. Drawing conclusions from another study, a January article in the Telegraph warned that people “are becoming increasingly addicted and dependent upon social networks.”

Online communication also can hamper college students’ growth and development, according to Barbara Hofer, psychologist and co-author of The iConnected Parent.

So how do we find balance? A technological fast could be one way of regaining perspective.

Come follow me: On faith and Facebook

By Roxane B. Salonen | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Catholics are using the latest tools to connect ancient faith with today’s digital reality.

Less than a decade ago, social and media wouldn’t have been seen together in public. Now, the two are not only hopelessly enamored with one another, but, as a couple, are proving to be a transformative, irreversible cultural force—for better or worse.

Take no chances: Survey on church gambling

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