US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A tiny piece of God's vast creation

Fossils remind us that we are one tiny—albeit, important—note in the magnificent song of God’s creation.

By Sister Rhonda Miska |
Article Your Faith

On a cold, overcast December day, I found myself taking in with delight the natural world of millions of years ago during a visit to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I had a case of what I call “discernment blues,” though perhaps the official Ignatian term is desolation. There had been several deaths in the community in which I live, my grandmother’s health was declining, and several close friends were leaning on me for emotional support.


Should Catholics get an F in science?

Popular opinion says science and religion can't mix, but let's not pull out the dunce cap just yet.

By Ruth Graham |
Article Your Faith

When Heather Camm, a chemistry teacher at an all-girls Catholic high school, began designing a new, year-long course in scientific ethics, she knew she would have to address the one issue that could undercut the rest of her lessons. Before she could get to evolution, reproductive technology, nuclear energy, and the origins of the universe, she would have to discuss Galileo.


Piranhas in the Chicago River

Ecologist Reuben Keller knows that caring for the planet requires thinking beyond the environmental sciences.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice News

Ecologist Reuben Keller knows that caring for the planet requires thinking beyond the environmental sciences.

Trek up to Reuben Keller’s Chicago office, and you’ll likely catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan on your way. Actually, you can nearly see it from his desk. It’s a fitting location for Keller, a freshwater ecologist and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability.


This is your brain on faith

By Ruth Graham |
Article Your Faith

It seems clear by this point that some spiritual experiences can be observed in the brain. But is it possible to use what scientists are learning about the brain to actually improve our spiritual lives?


Have faith in science: 'Cosmos' and conversations about religion

By Bryan Cones |
Article Your Faith
If we want people to listen to us speak about God and faith, we also must learn the language of science.

When I was a kid, my cousin introduced me to Carl Sagan, the physicist-evangelist of the wonders of the universe. When it came to Sagan’s description of black holes and supernovae, quasars and comets, I was all ears. Never once did it occur to me that Sagan and science’s account of the cosmos being billions of years old conflicted with my growing Catholic faith.


Get lost in space

The universe is filled with wondrous images that can leave us starstruck. But a deeper look reveals a lot about our own world—and its Creator.

By Brother Guy Consolmagno |
Article Your Faith

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God,” writes the psalmist. As an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, I get to enjoy those proclamations on a daily basis. But you don’t have to be a professional astronomer to appreciate the beauty that our instruments have shown us.


Who're you gonna call when you see a ghost?

By Tim Townsend |
Article Your Faith

Bishop Robert Hermann is the man priests in St. Louis call when they encounter a parishioner who's had a run-in with a ghost or evil spirit. Hermann is the archdiocesan liason to the Catholic Renewal Center in town.


Ghosts of Christians past: The church’s long history of spooks and hauntings

Reports of visitors from beyond the grave are far from a recent phenomenon. In fact, ghosts go back. Way back.

By Tim Townsend |
Article Your Faith

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, viewed by many as the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world, parts of which date to two millennia before Christ, the hero begs the gods to return his friend Ea-Bani from the dead. Plato wrote about souls “prowling about tombs and sepulchers” and visions of “ghostly apparitions of souls which have not departed pure” in the Phaedo. And first-century Roman author Pliny the Younger told the story of “The Philosopher and the Ghost,” which may have been the first haunted house tale.


Do I need an advance directive?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Your Faith
Daniel Sulmasy discusses preparing your family for how to respond to a health crisis when you can't.

What kind of advance directives do you recommend?

I strongly recommend a health care proxy or durable power of attorney for health care. A living will may be OK if you don't have anybody else to speak for you or have very specific wishes.


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