US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Thinking about drawing from other religions? Here are some tips to get you started

By Heather Grennan Gary |
Article Your Faith

Susan Pudelek spent two decades working in interreligious contexts, including a stint on the staff of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. In her current work as director of pilgrimage ministry at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago, she oversees occasional interreligious workshops and events. For those who want to learn about or participate in practices of other religions, she offers these guidelines.

1. The more grounded you are in your own religion, the more you have to offer others.

Spiritual exercises: Can other religious practices strengthen your Catholic core?

By Heather Grennan Gary |
Article Your Faith
Catholics searching for ways to experience their faith in both body and soul often look to other religious practices. But do they stretch their faith too thin?

Christine French attends Mass every Sunday, sings in the choir, volunteers with Vacation Bible School, and participates in a Bible study. She’s also a committed yogi who, whenever she’s in her hometown of Omaha, makes a beeline to her favorite yoga studio.

We were called Sister

By Joan Sauro, C.S.J. |
Article Your Faith
Much has changed about religious life but at its heart the mission remains the same.

We were called Immaculata. We were called Concepta. We were called Chrysostom, Eusebius, and Stanislaus, after a Polish boy-saint. We were called Bernard, John, and Thomas after our fathers and Theresa, Elizabeth, and Maureen after our mothers. We were called Paul Kathryn and Robert Rita, pleasing both parents. We were called Serena, signifying calm dispositions. We were called Seraphine, trusting an angelic nature would ensue. We were called Jerome, after a crotchety biblical scholar.

Read into it: What books can reveal to us about the presence of God

By Colleen Mary Carpenter |
Article Your Faith
Books have a special way of opening our imaginations to moments of grace in life.

Catholics are a sacramental people. We see signs of the presence of God around us in every moment of our lives. We know, of course, that God is greater than we can imagine and beyond all that we can touch, but we are also convinced that creation, from the most ordinary—water, oil, bread—to the most unlikely—the stranger, the enemy, the cross—can reveal divine love.

What are the ‘12 days of Christmas’?

By Bryan Cones |
Article Your Faith

As we’re reminded every Advent, our Catholic Christmas customs are somewhat at odds with the secular “holiday season,” which starts before Thanksgiving and goes on until the last college bowl game. But even though we Catholics wait a bit to get going, we have a similarly long season of celebration, of which the “12 days,” made famous by a certain 12-verse carol, are but a piece.

Our kind of town: Chicago Catholicism

By Malachy McCarthy |
Article Justice

The Voice of St. Jude, which was launched in 1935 and became U.S. Catholic in 1963, represented a new voice in the world of Catholic publishing because of its Chicago outlook and its willingness to embrace the laity as collaborative publication partners. Originally established to promote the St. Jude devotion and the Claretian order, whose founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, was known as the “the modern apostle of the press,” the missionaries quickly realized that the church was more than novena services.