Let's get a big bang out of science

By Father Richard G. Malloy, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology
Far from being a threat to faith, modern science is an invitation to get better  acquainted with the force behind the universe.

How can you believe in evolution?” a Christian woman accuses me. I explain that I don’t believe in evolution. I accept evolution as a scientific theory in the same way I accept the theory of gravity.

In 2006 National Geographic News reported that only 14 percent of Americans thought evolution is “definitely true.” Around 30 percent reject the idea entirely. Only people in Turkey have a lower rate of acceptance of Darwin’s discoveries.

Day by Day: The letters and journals of Dorothy Day

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Article Social Justice Spirituality Women
Thirty years after her death, Dorothy Day’s letters and diaries reveal an ordinary but committed woman trying to put love where there was none.

There is probably no more famous image of Dorothy Day than the iconic photo by Bob Fitch that shows her seated with a look of utter tranquility between two armed and imposing police officers. That photo was taken in 1973 when she was 75. The occasion was her final arrest while picketing with striking farmworkers in California.

Door man: St. Andre Bessette

By Father Ronald Raab, C.S.C.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
Brother Andre Bessette didn't need fancy degrees to know how to welcome the sick who came to the Holy Cross community. Now, he's the order of educators' first saint.

Reading list

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Article Reviews Spirituality
We couldn't include everyone's responses in the Feedback section of October 2010's Reader Survey, "Used books," so here is a selection of responses that includes some of our readers' favorite books and recommendations.

My favorite contemporary book addressing issues related to the Catholic faith today is...

Elizabeth Johnson's Truly Our Sister: A theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. It strengthens one's love for Mary and helps to make Mary relevant in the lives of today's women.

It makes a difference whether you're Catholic

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
In the May 1979 Sounding Board that inspired the 75th anniversary essay of the same title by Angela C. Batie, James Breig explains why it matters if you're Catholic.

An acquaintance recently returned to the church after more than 10 years of apostasy. One motivation for coming back was the religious education of her son, who was nearing the age for First Communion. His growth had spurred her to reconsider her religious views.

More than a feeling: A desire for God

By James Martin, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
You're longing for God--you just don't know it, yet.

A few years ago I was having lunch with a friend who is an agnostic. I had just finished my annual eight-day retreat at my favorite place to pray, Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Massachusetts, right on the Atlantic Ocean. Despite her agnosticism, she was interested in hearing about my retreat. So I told her a little about my prayer.

After a few minutes she said, "Boy, it must be nice to have had an experience of God. There's nothing I want more."

Proud to be an American Catholic

Megan Sweas| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics

 UPDATE: The U.S. Catholic editors shared their reflections on being American Catholics last year. This year, we've asked readers to submit their own reflections. Please send 200-500 word reflections to onlineeditor@uscatholic.org by July 6. The best submissions will appear on our blog.

Take your time

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.

On goes the alarm: 6 a.m. thirteen minutes of news, weather, and traffic. 6:13. Out of bed, into the shower. First sip of coffee. Pack lunch, make breakfast, finish coffee, brush teeth.

Here comes the bus--uncharacteristically on time. Nod to the driver. Nice to be early to work.

Thea-logy: Memories of Thea Bowman

By Charlene Smith, F.S.P.A.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
Being Sister Thea Bowman's friend was a study in living joyfully every day.

Two decades ago a remarkable woman died. The New York Times carried her obituary; the Jackson, Mississippi NBC affiliate televised her funeral; Mike Wallace had featured her on 60 Minutes two years before she died. And she was my friend.

Catholic workers: How you can get to work

By Meghan Murphy-Gill| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

Inspired by the people featured in our Catholic workers story, but still can't think of where you might want to get involved? The U.S. Catholic editors are here to help. We've compiled a list of different ways any old average Catholic can put their faith to work.

Already a regular volunteer? We'd love to hear about what you're doing in our comment section!