US Catholic Faith in Real Life

James McLaughlin: Filing taxes for the poor

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Nobody likes to do taxes. That includes James McLaughlin, a Chicago-based attorney with the firm Kirkland & Ellis.

But there's an upside to the process, especially when you're doing those taxes gratis for people who need assistance with the complicated forms but can't afford it.

"When you tell someone he's getting a refund of $3,000, he gives you a smile that lights up the sky," McLaughlin, 31, says. "It's a wonderful thing to be able to deliver news like that."


Through a glass darkly: How Catholics struggle with mental illness

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Mental illness is still murky territory for those who experience it, their families, and their church.

Not long after Rich Salazar moved to DeKalb, Illinois from California, he found himself knocking at the door of St. Mary's Church. The then-college student had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was in crisis mode. Unable to reach his mother at work and not knowing where else to go, Salazar told himself, "I have to go to church."


Be here now: The benefits of living in the present

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There's no time like the present for living in God's presence.

On Call: An excerpt from Paul Wilkes' In Due Season

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The Body of Christ is the best medicine for body and soul, regardless of whether we are "worthy" to receive him.

Is your faith working?

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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.

The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbors, the more effectively we love them," Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his recent encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth). "Every Christian is called to practice this charity in a manner corresponding to his vocation."


Confessions of a repeat offender

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Back for another session in the confessional, a young woman realizes that falling is part of the journey.

Six spiritual tasks of aging

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1. Letting goThis is the period when we evaluate everything we have come to know about life and look for a dimension above the things of this world, for the sake of what is yet to come. The search means, then, that we strip ourselves of whatever it is we have accrued until this time in order to give ourselves wholly to the birthing of the person within. Into this part of life we travel light.

 


Not even Alzheimer’s can erase God

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The lines on her face indicate that Sister Miriam is well into her 80s. But she tells a visitor that she is 40.

Senior moments

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The spiritual side of getting older.

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