US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Why running can be prayer

By Nick Ripatrazone |
Article Your Faith
My wife and I run together at a local state park. “Together” is optimistic; I can no longer keep pace with her. We ran track together in college, but I am a few pounds heavier than in those days when I whipped around the track for the half-mile. 
 

Experiencing grace in times of failure

By Kira Dault |
Article Your Faith
One day during my sophomore year of high school, I found myself crying in the hallway. I had just left my chemistry class and was heading down the hall to my locker. When I got there, I opened it, stuck my head inside, and let myself have a good sob before I went to my next class. I remember this moment with vivid detail, even down to what I was wearing (JNCO wide-leg jeans with my favorite black T-shirt). The reason? I had earned a C on the first chemistry exam of the year.
 

Learning to pray with the imprisoned

By Emily Sanna |
blog Justice

“O daughter Babylon, you devastator!...Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!” (Psalm 137:8-9).


25 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Adult prayer, you can get there from here

Online Editor |
Article Your Faith
Seven steps to simpler (and better) prayer.

By Michael Paul Gallagher

This essay appeared in the May 1990 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 55, No. 5, pages11-13). Reprinted with permission from The Furrow, November 1988, Volume XXXIX, Number 11, pages 689-965.


Cancer, journalism, and one man's spiritual journey

By Brian Baker |
Article Your Faith
An assignment to write a feature on male spirituality overlaps with a serious medical diagnosis, surgery, and an unexpected awakening.

It was more than a year ago when I got the call from U.S. Catholic asking me if I’d be interested in doing a feature article on male spirituality (“Man up,” March 2015). I jumped at the chance. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated about the mysteries of God and existence. It’s driven me past listening to sermons in the pew to periodic spurts of reading and meditation.


What makes a Catholic hospital Catholic?

By Emily Trancik and Rachelle Barina |
Article Your Faith
The Catholic Church has long had a major role in providing care to the sick. But what does Catholic identity look like on the new frontiers of modern health care?

Light up your Advent: Resources to make the most of the season

By Online editor |
Article Your Faith
Have yourself a merry little Christmas--but don't let Advent pass you by.

Advent is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on. But don't get too hung up on planning for December 25--the four weeks leading up to Christ's birth (and the days after it) are just as important. If you're having some trouble blocking out the holiday madness and settling down for some Advent reflection, here are some essays, blogs, and other resources to help you get in the spirit.


Remembering those who have gone before us

By Father Bryan Massingale |
Article Your Faith
Nothing can compel us to practice hope, that most fragile of virtues. We can only be inspired.

Week Five: Taking stock of the ties that bind

By Judith Valente |
Article Your Faith

Many years ago, in a period of my life when I was feeling particularly lonely, dissatisfied with my work, and uncertain about the future, I found myself thinking a great deal about the story of Lazarus. Instead of drawing hope from Lazarus’ triumphant rise from the dead, I felt no great solace. In fact, much the opposite.  


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