US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Island Queen: A reflection on Our Lady of Charity

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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.

Veggie tales: The spiritual lessons of tending a garden

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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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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

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.

Take no chances: Survey on church gambling

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Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.

Ms. Carpenter

By Father Andrew Greeley| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

"The next appointment," announced Father Muratori implacably, "is a certain Ms. Mary Carpenter."
"Ms.?" said the archbishop. "Of what vintage is this Ms. Carpenter?" He accented the Ms. both times he used it.
His secretary shrugged. "Her term, Archbishop. I'd say she has at least a year to go before she's 20."
"Do we know her or what she wants?"
"What she wants is 'personal,' she says, and she looks vaguely familiar to me, but I don't think I know her."

Roads less traveled: An interview with Rick Steves

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As a tour guide, Rick Steves directs travelers to hotels, restaurants, and museums in Europe, but he points them to God in the developing world.

Rick Steves says his journey as a travel writer follows Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. He started with “Rick’s travel hierarchy of needs,” he says: “Eating and sleeping on a budget, staying healthy, not getting ripped off, catching the train.”

Should Catholics go away? A survey on travel

By Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Whether it’s for some R&R, service, or education, U.S. Catholic readers say pack your bags and get going.

Call them globetrotters, road-trippers, jetsetters, or world travelers. Just don’t call them homebodies. U.S. Catholic readers are anything but. On the contrary, they are going places. And whether their travels take them an hour away for an overnight trip or across the world for a cross-cultural encounter, they agree that travel can be a rewarding, important, even spiritual experience.