US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Lessons from my garden

Gardening isn’t just an issue of environmental sustainability. It’s also good for your soul.

By Christine Lai |
Article Lifestyle Your Faith
I sat down on my parents’ front lawn in Los Angeles and breathed in the fresh air. I dug my hands into the dirt, relishing the feeling. Then I began tearing out the grass. I despised the grass, in particular the amount of water it wasted in California’s record drought. I hated how yellow, brittle, and bald it was. I hated how difficult it was to remove, because of the thick roots that ran deep.
 

Too many distractions to pray? Lectio divina can help

There's more to praying with scripture than the words on the page.

By Sister Sheryl Frances Chen |
Article Your Faith
At my 30th class reunion, one of the lectures offered was by a young psychologist doing cognitive research. He showed us a three-minute video, and our task was to watch two basketball teams, one in white uniforms and one in black, and count the number of straight passes and the number of bounce passes made by the team in white.

 

He advised us to do this in complete silence to help our concentration and not disturb our neighbor. After the video was over, he said the correct answer was 12 straight passes and 2 bounce passes. Then he asked, “Did you see the gorilla?”


Why running can be prayer

Running and prayer are siblings in repetition.

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).


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?

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