US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Life is fullest before the 25th hour

Knowing the other shoe is about to drop is a reminder to enjoy in the small, perfect moments of everyday life.

By Molly Jo Rose |
blog Lifestyle

In 2002 Spike Lee came out with the compelling film 25th Hour. Edward Norton plays the lead, a convicted drug felon who has 24 hours of freedom before his seven-year sentence in jail begins. The film moves at a slow, anxious pace even as it careens toward that hour of surrender.

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Smile more with Pope Francis

Catholics are called to live a joy-filled life, even when happiness is hard to maintain.

By Molly Jo Rose |
blog Lifestyle

“Joy is the most infallible sign of the existence of God.” 
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

A few nights ago, my son and I sat on the floor in his bedroom reading Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Around the World (Loyola Press). One of the children asked, “What more do you want to do in your life to make the world more beautiful and fair?” Pope Francis answered: “I would like to smile always—smile at God . . . to thank him for all the good he does for people.”

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