US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Does the earth have a prayer?

It is our practices—spiritual and otherwise—that will make a difference in the way we care for creation.

By Joan Brown, O.S.F. |
Article Your Faith

One night when I was 6 years old, while walking outdoors before bed, I gazed at the sky and found myself wrapped in the vast mantle of stars, the Milky Way. Standing in awe, my body felt both small and large. In that instant I felt God.

Now, years later, that memory restores me when I feel overwhelmed by the devastation of God’s creation or when spiritual questions overshadow me. What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose here? My answer is that I am stardust created in love by the divine mystery.

For God so loved the cosmos

When Christ became human, he also became part of the vast body of the cosmos.

By Elizabeth Johnson |
Article Justice

In our day concerns about ecology are rising. Climate change, pollution, and extinction of plant and animal species make us question harmful human treatment of the natural world.

Climate justice is a matter of faith

Climate change impacts everyone, but some populations are more at risk.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

Sylvia Hood Washington didn’t set out to be an advocate for climate justice. “I don’t want to be on this mission,” she says. “My kids are out of college and graduate school and it would be so easy to sit back and plan a vacation to Hawaii.” But her personal experience with climate change and her feeling of responsibility to her community, her family, and her faith made it impossible to turn away from the need she saw around her.

Beef is off the table

Giving up meat is good for the planet and the spirit.

By Beth Haile |
Article Justice

Just before the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Conference in Paris, musician Paul McCartney wrote to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to push widespread implementation of Meat Free Monday in government buildings, schools, and universities. The Meat Free Monday campaign encourages people to commit to a vegetarian diet one day of the week—not necessarily Monday—in order to protect the planet. McCartney argued that by going meat free just one day a week, “U.N. member countries can reduce their carbon emissions up to 2 percent per year.”

Piranhas in the Chicago River

Ecologist Reuben Keller knows that caring for the planet requires thinking beyond the environmental sciences.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice News

Ecologist Reuben Keller knows that caring for the planet requires thinking beyond the environmental sciences.

Trek up to Reuben Keller’s Chicago office, and you’ll likely catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan on your way. Actually, you can nearly see it from his desk. It’s a fitting location for Keller, a freshwater ecologist and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability.

Jessie Dye: Befriending creation through Earth Ministry

Through her work with Earth Ministry, Jessie Dye translates faith into climate action.

By Mallory McDuff |
Article Your Faith

Jessie Dye is rarely at a loss for words. And that’s a good thing, because she’s part of a grassroots climate movement that has no time for silence. When she testifies at public hearings, lobbies at the capitol, or preaches in sanctuaries, she often shares one phrase reflecting her very reason for being: “My name is Jessie Dye, and I am here on behalf of my faith.” 

War gone viral

Violent conflicts around the world are a breeding ground for dangerous diseases.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice
While the world’s focus has properly shifted to the plight of Syrian refugees pressing against Europe’s southern borders, the brutal conflict in Yemen has attracted far less attention. The conflict there, trudging into its second year, has proved a match with the Syrian civil war in terms of disregard for noncombatant immunity and wanton destruction of ancient sites and civilian infrastructure.

Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’’ is a game changer

By Dan Misleh |
blog Justice

In the age of social media, something that dominates news coverage one day can soon slip our collective consciousness as coverage shifts to something new. And even as Pope Francis has brought Catholicism into the digital age, it remains true that the church thinks not in news cycles but in centuries.

Talk is cheap: Moving from speech to action when it comes to the environment

By Emily Sanna |
blog Your Faith

What with Pope Francis’ imminent encyclical on the environment, there’s been a lot of talk about environmentalism and the importance of caring for the earth. On the news and around the Internet, people are hotly debating why exactly these issues are important, as well as the theological implications of the pope’s choice to dedicate his first encyclical to environment issues.