US Catholic Faith in Real Life

For us and our salvation: Father Donald Senior on the passion

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Your Faith
What do we mean when we say that by Jesus’ suffering and death we are healed—a mystery if ever there was one?

You might imagine that Father Donald Senior had always wanted to study the Bible, given that he is a world-renowned scripture scholar and a longtime member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. But you’d be wrong; what he really wanted to be was a missionary.

‘Noah’ film sparks debate over one of the world’s oldest and most beloved stories

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NEW YORK (RNS) In recent years, Hollywood has made a concerted effort to lure religious audiences to the local cineplex with such films as “The Passion of the Christ,” “Son of God” and even dark-horse hits like “Facing the Giants.” And most of the time, it’s worked.

But the upcoming Russell Crowe film “Noah” is stirring different emotions — even concern — as it touches on a beloved Bible story near and dear to people of several faiths.

What Julian of Norwich can teach us about prayer

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Your Faith

After spending 20 years meditating on a number of visions, Julian of Norwich developed a deep understanding of God and produced her famous work, Revelations of Divine Love. Through her words, one can see the fruits of contemplative meditation.

While interviewing Father William Meninger on the topic of contemplative meditation for our November 2013 issue, we asked him what else we might learn from this 14th-century woman’s writings.

How can we be a church of the poor?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice
Pope Francis has put a “church of the poor” front and center. How should First World Christians respond to his invitation and challenge?

Roberto S. Goizueta, the prominent Boston College theologian, has taken a path that in many ways is quite different from his father, Roberto C. Goizueta. As CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, the elder Goizueta, a Cuban immigrant, was famous for the innovative global marketing skills with which he transformed the soft drink giant.

Believe it or not: Pope Francis, atheists, and salvation

By Bryan Cones |
Article Your Faith
Pope Francis’ generous approach to atheists got the world talking—and we should be glad it did.

One of the pleasures of Pope Francis’ honeymoon period as bishop of Rome has been the release of portions of his daily homilies preached in chapel of the guesthouse where he has decided to live. The off-the-cuff ease of his preaching marks the man a pastor—though perhaps one not yet accustomed to having the world hanging on his every word.

Embracing Latino popular devotions

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Article Your Faith
Theology professor Roberto Goizueta offers a crash course on the popular traditions of Latino Catholics.

Every community within the church celebrates different traditions and customs that stem from a variety of cultures, time periods, and countries. These traditions serve to enrich and deepen the faith life of an individual or a community. The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) provides the perfect opportunity to explore the popular traditions of one such faith community: Latino Catholics.