US Catholic Faith in Real Life

We were called Sister

By Joan Sauro, C.S.J. |
Article Your Faith
Much has changed about religious life but at its heart the mission remains the same.

We were called Immaculata. We were called Concepta. We were called Chrysostom, Eusebius, and Stanislaus, after a Polish boy-saint. We were called Bernard, John, and Thomas after our fathers and Theresa, Elizabeth, and Maureen after our mothers. We were called Paul Kathryn and Robert Rita, pleasing both parents. We were called Serena, signifying calm dispositions. We were called Seraphine, trusting an angelic nature would ensue. We were called Jerome, after a crotchety biblical scholar.

Read into it: What books can reveal to us about the presence of God

By Colleen Mary Carpenter |
Article Your Faith
Books have a special way of opening our imaginations to moments of grace in life.

Catholics are a sacramental people. We see signs of the presence of God around us in every moment of our lives. We know, of course, that God is greater than we can imagine and beyond all that we can touch, but we are also convinced that creation, from the most ordinary—water, oil, bread—to the most unlikely—the stranger, the enemy, the cross—can reveal divine love.

What are the "12 days of Christmas"?

By Bryan Cones |
Article Your Faith
As we're reminded every Advent, our Catholic Christmas customs are somewhat at odds with the secular "holiday season," which starts before Thanksgiving and goes on until the last college bowl game.

But even though we Catholics wait a bit to get going, we have a similarly long season of celebration, of which the "12 days," made famous by a certain 12-verse carol, are but a piece.

Celtic crossovers: May the Lent of the Irish be with you

By Joyce Rupp |
Article Your Faith
Joyce Rupp suggests seven ways to let Celtic spirituality be your guide this Lent.

Our kind of town: Chicago Catholicism

By Malachy McCarthy |
Article Justice

The Voice of St. Jude, which was launched in 1935 and became U.S. Catholic in 1963, represented a new voice in the world of Catholic publishing because of its Chicago outlook and its willingness to embrace the laity as collaborative publication partners. Originally established to promote the St. Jude devotion and the Claretian order, whose founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, was known as the “the modern apostle of the press,” the missionaries quickly realized that the church was more than novena services.  

Lay Catholics and the church online

By J. Peter Nixon |
Article Your Faith

When Amy Welborn started her blog In Between Naps in September 2001, she was one of just a few Catholics using the medium to discuss issues of faith and culture. An Our Sunday Visitor columnist and book author, Welborn saw her blog as a place to test new topics and to interact with readers.

The way we work

By Patrick McCormick |
Article Lifestyle

One reason "Mission Impossible" was so successful as a thriller this year it that lots of American workers could understand Tom Cruise's sense of betrayal when he discovers that good ol' Jim Phelps, played by Jon Voight, his trusted friend and benevolent supervisor, has decided to "downsize" the Impossible Mission team. But Voight isn't the only downsizing fiend around. In Arnold Schwarzenegger's summer slugfest "Eraser," James Caan is a back-stabbing boss who decides to "erase" Arnie (and several other employees) as part of his own restructuring and retirement plan.