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

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Article Spirituality
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

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Article Spirituality
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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Article War and Peace
Faith on the line in Iraq and at home

Island Queen: A reflection on Our Lady of Charity

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
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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Article Social Justice Spirituality
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.


Veggie tales: The spiritual lessons of tending a garden

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Article Spirituality
Much like Merton and de Mello, peas, carrots, and beans make great spiritual masters.

Genesis’ second chapter tells a story of how God planted a garden, then created human beings to till it. The reason is obvious: Gardens are a lot of work, so Yahweh needed help to keep Eden weeded.


Come follow me: On faith and Facebook

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
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.


One Tweet too many? Take a social media fast

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
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.


Father blogger

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
In Pope Benedict XVI’s message for last year’s World Day of Communications, he summoned pastors to make the most of today’s technology to foster dialogue, increase evangelization, and prompt catechesis.

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