US Catholic Faith in Real Life

From the Wilderness Act to World Water Week

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Justice

Over the Labor Day weekend, I ventured from the concrete jungle of Chicago to my home state of Minnesota. The contrast between in my childhood home—which I fondly refer to as being in the middle of nowhere—and the big city may be shocking to some, but I’ve always found it comforting. With its lakes, prairie, rivers, and forests, Minnesota is a place to breathe.

World Environment Day: Now go outside and enjoy it

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Lifestyle

Today’s the official day to save the planet! (Not that you shouldn’t be doing little things to help the earth out every day.)

Regardless, it’s World Environment Day and people across the globe are coming together to make a positive change for nature and the protection of Earth. This year’s theme is: Raise your voice, not the sea level!

15 years ago in U.S. Catholic: How does our garden grow?

Online Editor |
Article Your Faith

By Bishop Robert Morneau

This article appeared in the June 1999 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 64, No. 6, pages 34-37).

Seven tips for moral eating

By Sue Stanton |
Article Justice

According to Catholic Rural Life, what we eat is a moral issue. How do we use an informed conscience to make moral eating decisions?

1. By placing an emphasis on eating and purchasing foods that are good for the planet.

2. By eating and purchasing foods that are good to grow and that benefit soil and water resources.

3. By focusing our purchasing decisions on the common good—what is good and just for farms, farmers, and their workers in terms of health and well being.

4. By asking questions about how food is grown, harvested, and kept safe for us to eat.

Family farmers: Living on the edge

By Lauren Caggiano |
Article Lifestyle

The year 2009 was a particularly challenging one for independent farmers like Teri Rosendahl. With the global financial crisis in full swing, small family farms were hit hard, and Rosendahl and her husband, Peter, were forced to mortgage a lot of the equipment they used at Udder Valley Dairy in rural Spring Grove, Minnesota just to get by. But from small daily struggles to major financial obstacles, challenges had simply become a way of life on the small, family-owned dairy farm.

Climate change: Affecting more than just the environment

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
blog Justice

Each year it seems like we learn more and more about how big of a deal climate change is. And starting today, representatives from close to 100 different countries will meet in Yokohama, Japan as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and complete a summary to share with world leaders on just how bad the problem might become.

How does our food system affect what we eat?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Culture

“We’ve gotten away from the real meaning of food, and the power of food,” Michael Pollan told us in a December 2013 interview. The famous food author has helped spur a movement encouraging people to return to using whole, real ingredients in home-cooked meals. He is known for touting a primary rule about food and eating: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

How will climate change affect the next generation?

By Kevin Clarke |
Article News
So-called “cheap” energy sources will have a high cost for future generations.

We have been told that we live in a threshold age of energy production, an era when industrialized nations are poised to migrate from the combustion of fossil fuels to a solar- and wind-powered, renewable energy future. That has been the political assurance of the Obama administration and the appealing scenarios served up by energy futurists, even from the marketing departments of the large oil and gas corporations which today call the tune on energy policy.