US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Knowing Jesus: How Catholics experience the Son of God

The first step to developing a relationship with Jesus is figuring out which Jesus you're looking for.

By Ruth Graham |
Article Your Faith
The first step to developing a relationship with Jesus is figuring out which Jesus you're looking for.
 

Finding my place: Stories of religious life

By Online editor |
Article Your Faith

Have you ever wondered why a religious sister chose to join the Dominicans instead of the Poor Clares? Or why a priest entered a religious order instead of being ordained in his local diocese? Or why a man became a Franciscan brother?


Proud to be a cafeteria Catholic

By Isabella R. Moyer |
Article Your Faith
I once found great comfort in the black-and-white world of apologetics. The Catechism of the Catholic Church provided the answers to all of my questions concerning faith and morals. It was the definitive voice of the church, and I believed everything that voice said. And then my black-and-white world began to fall apart.
 

Where are the prophets?

By Emily Sanna |
blog Your Faith

Would you recognize the word of God? Not the words from the Bible, which are sufficiently formal and weighty to convey proper divine authority, not to mention familiar. But that voice calling in the desert. That small, still feeling in our heart. The God who is still speaking to us in our daily lives.


True hospitality and the gospel's ‘sinful' woman

The woman who washes Jesus' feet with her hair shows us the true meaning of hospitality and love.

By Emily Sanna |
blog Your Faith

Do you know what it is like to be invisible? To hear your friends talking about you behind your back? To be unable to walk down the street without being catcalled or whistled at? To be poor, to be homeless, to be without healthcare? To be a foster child, or a migrant worker, or to have a disability or chronic illness? To be told by the rest of the world that you don’t count?

How many of us know what it is it be known not as who we are, but only by the labels that society gives us? Sometimes they are fairly innocuous: Nerd, Hipster, Republican, Democrat. Sometimes they aren’t.


A canticle a day

By Ed Block |
Article Your Faith
Let the ancient words of Mary, Zechariah, or Simeon leave their mark on your heart.

One of the most valuable experiences from my boarding school days—and one that has remained with me—is the habit of formal prayer. I remember praying the Nunc Dimittis at night prayer in the quiet of my high school chapel: “Now you may dismiss your servant, Lord, according to your word, in peace.” Just saying the words instilled a sense of peace.


Will the real Jesus please stand up?

By Ruth Graham |
Article Your Faith
Meet the many different portrayals of Jesus

It's not always easy for Catholics to develop a relationship with Jesus, as some try to mold the Son of God to fit his or her own needs. There's blond Jesus and black Jesus, socialist Jesus and capitalist Jesus, and even athlete Jesus and homeless Jesus. So how, exactly, do we experience Jesus in 2015? It's kind of all over the place--in fact, there's practically a Jesus for just about anyone:


15 years ago in U.S. Catholic: I had to laugh

By Sister Lou Ella Hickman, I.W.B.S. |
Article Your Faith
Might Easter be just the time for a little holy humor?

This article appeared in the April 2000 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 65, No. 4, page 49).

We are Catholic, therefore we celebrate. We can celebrate for weeks at a time, not to mention celebrating the 900th anniversary of Saint So-and-So. We have seasons of sorrow as well as joy. While the world needs joy, it also needs laughter.


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