US Catholic Faith in Real Life

COVID-19 is not the only pandemic our nation is fighting

The virus of fear leads to violence in a racialized U.S. culture. The antidote is courage and love.

By Kevin P. Considine |
Article Lifestyle

Across the nation, attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise. There have been stabbings in Texas, assaults in New York and San Francisco, and physical attacks, racial slurs, and spittle hurled in other locales. In Chicago and its suburbs, people of Korean, Cambodian, and other “Chinese-looking” ethnicities have been spat upon, called “chink,” assaulted while jogging, and told to “go back where you came from.”


This Juneteenth, make racial reconciliation a priority

American Catholics must ask God to convert our hearts. It's time to heal.

By Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. |
Article Justice

On June 19, 2019, Congress introduced a new bill: H.R. 40. The bill advocates for the creation of a commission to examine the possible payment of reparations to African Americans descended from enslaved persons.

The date—June 19—was intentional. On June 19, 1865, the last enslaved people gained news of their emancipation in Galveston, Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, many in the Black community consider Juneteenth to be their true Independence Day.


To make sense of the new normal, look to the Christian ethical tradition

Amid the uncertainty of a pandemic, rely on the familiar grace of a God who makes all things new.

By Father Bryan Massingale |
Article Your Faith

I write from New York City three weeks after life has been disrupted and upended in ways that I could never have imagined. The novel coronavirus and the threat of COVID-19 have suddenly forced upon us all dramatic changes in how we work (or even if we are able to work), socialize, communicate, shop, and worship.


Want to fight for families on the border? Take a cue from these nuns

The fight to protect undocumented immigrants is tougher than ever, but two dedicated nuns show no signs of stopping.

By Kim Bellware |
Article Justice News
Just after sunrise on a below-freezing January morning, a huddle of people gathered outside a nondescript Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in the Chicago suburb of Broadview for a vigil the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) has been holding every week for more than 11 years.