US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Were there women apostles?

St. Paul includes Junia, a women’s name, on his list of apostles.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

St. Paul includes the name Junia, a women’s name, on his list of apostles in Romans 16:7. Does this mean there were women apostles?

The problem is we don’t know who this biblical person is. Not all translators are convinced that she is—rendering her name as Junias, a man. So let’s start with Paul’s list in Romans. Toward the end of his letter, Paul says, “Greet Andronicus and Junia[s], my relatives and my fellow prisoners; they are prominent among the apostles and they were in Christ before me.” 

How do you plan for eternity?

Which do you prefer, reconciliation for now or for always?

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

The easiest goal to come up with is no goal at all. I can say this confidently, being a lifelong fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants sort of person. An old boyfriend, Sam, used to cluck disapprovingly at my attitude toward life. “The woman without a plan!” he would hiss at me. So I claimed the title proudly: The Woman Without a Plan. Which is not the same as being without a clue, I want to point out.

You can’t take it with you

So little of our mental and physical baggage will accompany us when we meet our creator.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

Recently I arranged for a local charity to come pick up eight boxes of household items I was no longer using. The pile, stacked heavily on the porch, was taller than I am. It included coats and shoes, duffel bags and backpacks, kitchenware, wall art, desktop items, and assorted tchotchkes. Plus a huge leatherbound Bible. I looked at the towering stack, pondered its meaning, and went back inside. Eight boxes. Of things I’d had no use for in years.

Who decided what books are in the Bible?

We can’t escape the legacy of the 73 scriptural texts.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

Editors are the unsung heroes of culture. While some of their work amounts to fiddling with commas, they also make crucial decisions that affect the shape of the future. Am I serious? You bet. Recall the handful of folks who wrote the founding documents of our nation. Then consider the roomful of others who haggled over every last sentence, phrase, and word choice. Once those documents left the editorial room, they would be the framework of a country to come. They had to be letter perfect and to mean what they said.

What can a literal translation of the Bible offer?

According to scholar David Bentley Hart, recapturing the voices of the Bible’s original authors makes scripture all the more real.

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

New Revised Standard Version, the King James Bible, the Douay-Rheims, The Message—do we really need yet another translation of the New Testament? David Bentley Hart, a scholar at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, says yes.

As a professor, Hart says he often found himself translating the Greek text of the New Testament for his students, trying to get them to understand the original meaning apart from centuries of biblical interpretation and theology. So when one of his editors at Yale University Press suggested he make his own translation, he jumped at the opportunity.

For the love of God, please stop talking

What we say matters. Just ask St. Paul.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

I’m the sort of person who’s often described as a good listener. Actually, many “listeners” don’t hear much of what you say; we just hate to talk. So we learn to make soulful eye contact, nod at appropriate moments, and let the rest of the world confess, vent, ramble, and pontificate. Eventually we silent types find a way to make our escape from the chatty ones and hit the delete key on the lava flow of words to which we were regrettably subjected. 

How to love your enemy in times of crisis

What would Jesus do in today’s polarized political climate?

By Laurie Brink, O.P. |
Article Justice Your Faith

To quote my mother, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” And if the events of this last year are any indication, Mom may be right. 

On August 12, 2017, a young man used his car as a weapon, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others who were protesting against the presence of Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and more than 700 injured.

Why you should pay attention to what biblical figures are wearing, Part 2

Readers should take note when a biblical character is dressed to the nines.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

This essay is the second in a two-part series on clothing in the Bible. You can read the first part here.

We turn to the Bible for guidance on many matters, but rarely for fashion tips. That’s because scripture doesn’t describe what folks were wearing in great detail, when it mentions attire at all. Yet it’s inaccurate to say clothing is irrelevant in these texts. On the contrary, it carries symbolic significance whenever it’s featured.

Why you should pay attention to what biblical figures are wearing, Part 1

Some of your favorite Bible characters wear their faith on their sleeves.

By Alice Camille |
Article Your Faith

This essay is the first in a two-part series on clothing in the Bible. You can read the second part here.

How are the Sunday readings chosen?

After the 16th-century Council of Trent, all the readings and prayers for Mass had been collected in a single book called the Roman Missal.

By David Philippart |
Article Your Faith

Scripture is proclaimed on Sunday according to a schedule of passages called a lectionary. For Roman Catholics it is the Lectionary for Mass and for many other Western churches, the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).