US Catholic Faith in Real Life

November 2015

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Vol. 80, No. 11


Good mourning

by Katie Bahr
Is a modern discomfort with death causing us to miss out on the value of a traditional Catholic funeral?


Photo Story

Winters on the street

by Father Bob McCabe
Homelessness has especially brutal consequences during the coldest months of the year.


Expert Witness

Bad Catholics

An interview with Robert Orsi
Not all Catholics fit neatly into prevonceived stereotypes, says this professor of Catholic studies. But being a so-called "Bad Catholic" isn't necessarily a bad thing.


Sounding Board

Ethical Fumbles

by Lawrence A. Wenner
The NFL needs to tackle its own moral failings. In Feedback readers share their gripes about the gridiron.



Quieting the heart

by Annemarie Scobey
Ten minutes of silent prayer each morning can be a perfect start to a peaceful day.



Five pounds of flour

by Evelyn Bence
How will you greet an unexpected guest who shows up at your door?


Wise Guides: A woman of firsts

by Hope Wabuke
Cora Marie Billings blazed a new trail for African American women in the church.



Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)



The Examined Life: Graced interruptions
By Father Bryan Massingale

Margin Notes: War gone viral
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Eat, pray, laugh
By Danny Duncan Collum

At Home with our Faith: Should he stay or should he go?
By Annemarie Scobey

Glad You Asked: Why are Advent candles pink and purple?
By Kathleen Manning

Testaments: Suffer the little children
By Alice Camille