US Catholic Faith in Real Life

During a pandemic, a reminder that darkness is only temporary

Christ’s light shines through—now and in days to come.

By Eric S. Fought |
Article Your Faith

On a Friday night in early April, a rare occurrence took place on the banks of Lake Superior. The beacon on Minnesota’s Split Rock lighthouse lit up the sky for a few hours, an intentional offering of light—hope amid significant darkness.

Lighthouses are, for the most part, historic sites now. Places we visit and images we put on postcards and Facebook covers. But at one time, they provided a vital role in saving lives and ensuring the flow of trade in this region and others.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, new mothers seek comfort in faith

To stay present while pregnant, these moms expect the unexpected.

By Katie Bahr |
Article Your Faith

For the first seven months of pregnancy, I made the same comment during every doctor’s visit: “I just want a boring pregnancy.”

The youngest of four children with several nieces and nephews, I grew up hearing stories about childbirth—from the uneventful to the near-cataclysmic. Because of these stories, I’ve always had a respectful fear of pregnancy and childbirth and the pain and dangers that can come along with them.

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What Thomas Merton can teach us about the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 is a persistent reminder that we share the world with others

By Steven P. Millies |
Article Justice

Trying to write something that would speak to the 2020 election and Catholic voting during this outbreak of novel coronavirus has seemed like an impossible mountain to climb. Is any of us thinking about anything besides the pandemic? Can even the election and the vital questions of citizenship compare to the calamity upon us so suddenly today? But the questions of our public life have not gone away. In fact, they are entirely present to us right now, just in new ways.

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Coronavirus, the cup, and cancellations

What eucharistic challenges and corresponding graces might we see in the present moment?

By John Christman |
Article News

Things are moving so rapidly it’s difficult to get some perspective. In a span of a few weeks we’ve gone from praying for people elsewhere in the world suffering from the coronavirus to cancelling Masses in our own dioceses for the foreseeable future.

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Finding faith in a time of quarantine

Parishes adopt new ministries to serve communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Katie Bahr |
Article News Your Faith

At St. Joseph Parish in Seattle, the changes started small. In the early weeks of COVID-19’s quick spread around the country, the parish “tried to be proactive,” says Jesuit Father John Whitney, St. Joseph’s pastor.

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In uncertain times, keep your heart in balance

Self-possession is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, says St. Paul.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

Remember February? That was the month before pandemic ensued. Before the social fabric was made into confetti, tossed in the air, and fluttered back together in novel, largely virtual ways. Back then, in the last yoga class I’d see for a while, a young woman completely lost her Zen.

Seriously: I’ve not witnessed a lack of self-possession like this outside of my family. All of a sudden, in the middle of a warrior pose, this attractive young woman in fashionable leggings started yelling, I mean YELLING, at the guy on the mat next to hers.

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Life under lockdown: 8 ways to handle staying at home

Coronavirus has canceled so much already, but it has not stopped love, trust, faith, or hope.

By Susan Salaz |
Article Your Faith

Many of you probably made a Lenten promise last month, but I doubt any of them were total isolation. Yet the first season of Lent, the original 40 days that drew Jesus into the desert, were spent in isolation.

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Is hoarding a sin?

I have 12 rolls of toilet paper. Am I prepared to share the wealth?

By Alice Camille |
Article News

I called my mother last night. She’s 91 and lives alone in another state. Because of the COVID-19 state of emergency, I wanted to be sure she was OK and not feeling too anxious. It was reassuring to hear her bubbly laughter over the phone as she reminded me her house always enjoys a stuffed-to-the-gills pantry and refrigerator, virus or no virus. It’s true: Whatever else may happen, Mom won’t starve.

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