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.

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.


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

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"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

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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.


Jesus loves me, this I know...

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What is Divine Mercy Sunday?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
When and why did the church begin celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday?

The world was in the midst of the Great Depression in 1931 and the memories of World War I were still very much alive in the minds of Europeans when in Poland a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), is said to have been personally visited by Jesus.


Honor, Islam, and American women

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The editors ask Akbar Ahmed about the number of American women who convert to Islam and how they are treated in both cultures.

What do converts to Islam tell you about Islam in America?

Four out of five white converts to Islam are women, and they tell us a lot about how Muslims and non-Muslims see each other.


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