US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How to love your enemy in times of crisis

What would Jesus do in today’s polarized political climate?

By Laurie Brink, O.P. |
Article Justice Your Faith

To quote my mother, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” And if the events of this last year are any indication, Mom may be right. 

On August 12, 2017, a young man used his car as a weapon, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others who were protesting against the presence of Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and more than 700 injured.


Why you should pay attention to what biblical figures are wearing, Part 2

Readers should take note when a biblical character is dressed to the nines.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

This essay is the second in a two-part series on clothing in the Bible. You can read the first part here.

We turn to the Bible for guidance on many matters, but rarely for fashion tips. That’s because scripture doesn’t describe what folks were wearing in great detail, when it mentions attire at all. Yet it’s inaccurate to say clothing is irrelevant in these texts. On the contrary, it carries symbolic significance whenever it’s featured.


Why you should pay attention to what biblical figures are wearing, Part 1

Some of your favorite Bible characters wear their faith on their sleeves.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

This essay is the first in a two-part series on clothing in the Bible. You can read the second part here.


How are the Sunday readings chosen?

After the 16th-century Council of Trent, all the readings and prayers for Mass had been collected in a single book called the Roman Missal.

By David Philippart |
Article Your Faith

Scripture is proclaimed on Sunday according to a schedule of passages called a lectionary. For Roman Catholics it is the Lectionary for Mass and for many other Western churches, the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). 


To move toward interfaith alliances, talk about God

The God of our sacred story is always fearfully free.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

Who is God for you? Probably not the deity to whom you were introduced in childhood. Nor the one whose contours you memorized in religious education. God is likely not the breathless mystery you consumed at first communion, the one that left you moon-faced and wide-eyed in resulting photos. God may no longer be the jigsaw puzzle of conflicting theological pieces you struggled to assemble in adolescence.


What does the Bible say about family?

Hint: Families have never been just a mom, dad, and 2.5 children.

By Candida Moss |
Article Lifestyle

The fairy tale pushed by bedtime stories, Disney movies, and traditional values in general is that we grow up, find that special someone, marry, and have children. But as central as marriage and childrearing are, especially for Christians, as far back as biblical times families have always been about something more than the couple, their 2.5 children, and their family dog. 


The deadly sin you probably forgot

Why is it so hard to remember that coveting is one of the worst sins of all?

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

“Who’s your hero?” I asked the dozen faces in front of me. It was the first session of a new year of religious education. I like to shake up the kids with the idea that it might not be as boring as they’ve been dreading.

“The Flash!”

“Hermione.” 

“My mom.”

“John Green.” Really? An author can be a hero? If so, this could be an exciting year for me.


The Book of Joel offers hope in the face of apocalypses big and small

If we expect to keep it together when apocalypse hits, we’ll need each other.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

Apocalypse is so in right now. It’s almost an essential part of the cultural landscape. It’s not just sci-fi that takes us into the realm where everything falls apart. Leave aside the inundation of serials concerning a future overrun by zombies, vampires, androids, and robots. We’re invariably given to understand it’s the horrible humans we have to fear.


Women are the true heroes of Star Wars

It’s not only in Star Wars where men flake out and women hold firm—it happens in scripture, too.

By Rebecca Bratten Weiss |
Article Culture

I went to see The Last Jedi with some immature trepidation, since I’m more emotionally invested in this story than I should be, not being a teenager doing crappy cosplay before I knew cosplay was a thing anymore. For me, you see, the Star Wars epic is not just a story. It’s one of “my” stories—the stories I have carried with me and that helped shape my imagination, my sense of humanity, and my understanding of our relationships to the cosmos.


What early Christians learned from Jews about the afterlife

Religion historian Philip Jenkins believes the books of Wisdom and Maccabees can explain the origins of Christian beliefs about heaven and hell.

By Philip Jenkins |
Article Your Faith

In the 1960s the Second Vatican Council proclaimed the central role of scripture in the life of the Roman Catholic Church and urged Catholics to become once more a people of the book. But as ordinary Catholics read the Bible more intensively, some were puzzled at the differences they found from Protestant and Jewish versions. Why do Catholic Bibles include texts such as Wisdom, Sirach, and the books of Maccabees, which other traditions treat as apocryphal? What kind of authority do they carry?


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