US Catholic

  • Why the present is a good time to hear from GorbachevWhy the present is a good time to hear from Gorbachev
    Article Author: Danny Duncan CollumGerman filmmaker Werner Herzog loves Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union. He says so right in the middle of his documentary, Meeting Gorbachev. He brings the diabetic Gorbachev a box of sugar-free chocolates, and later, when they are discussing the unification of East and… Read more »
  • What Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ tells us about our churchWhat Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ tells us about our church
    Article Author: Steven P. MilliesIt is not easy to summarize Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy and premiered as part of The Kennedy Center’s opening in 1971, it succeeds to be a liturgical composition much like Bach’s Mass in B Minor or Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, but also something else.Image:  Read more »
  • 5 ways to help your kids keep the faith—even at public schools5 ways to help your kids keep the faith—even at public schools
    Article Author: Elizabeth WellsWhen Mary Clare Murray’s 8-year-old daughter came home with questions about why Catholics worship statues, Murray gave a simple explanation. Catholics don’t worship statues, said the mother of six from St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean, Virginia. Statues and pictures help us focus our minds to pray.… Read more »
  • In Upstate NY, an old church becomes a new home for hospice patientsIn Upstate NY, an old church becomes a new home for hospice patients
    Article Author: Jaime SebaValerie ZehlTom and Fran Libous had been through plenty of rough rides in their 40 years of marriage and his 14 terms in the New York State Senate. But nothing matched what confronted them in April 2016, the seventh year of 63-year-old Tom’s battle with prostate cancer.  “A… Read more »
  • The unofficial apostle of ChristThe unofficial apostle of Christ
    Article Author: Kevin P. ConsidineMark’s Gospel tells a particularly striking healing story, that of a man suffering a fate worse than death. This man is “possessed with an impure spirit,” and he has no name and no identity.Image:  Read more »
  • How Benedict’s Rule can guide your spiritual practiceHow Benedict’s Rule can guide your spiritual practice
    Article Author: Christine Valters PaintnerSt. Benedict is a wise guide and presence in my life through the teachings he left in his Rule for monasteries. Benedict was born in Nursia, Italy and died at the abbey he founded in Monte Cassino (c. 480–547). All that we know of his life comes… Read more »
  • Drop how you shopDrop how you shop
    Article Author: Annemarie ScobeySamantha, an executive for a Fortune 100 company and mother of two, loves to shop. While her job requires her to be nicely dressed, Samantha admits that she also often uses shopping as recreation. She brings her children shopping with her, and as a reward for waiting patiently… Read more »
  • Holy words: The writing of Toni Morrison, Fanny Howe, and Rebecca BrownHoly words: The writing of Toni Morrison, Fanny Howe, and Rebecca Brown
    Sidebar title 1: Sidebar text 1: Sidebar title 2: Sidebar text 2: Author: Author Pretext: Article Author: Kaya OakesIn 1943 12-year-old Chloe Wolford, who had grown up in her mother’s AME church, converted to Catholicism and took St. Anthony of Padua’s name at her confirmation. Family members shortened Anthony to Toni, and after a name change via… Read more »
  • The madcap hairdresserThe madcap hairdresser
    Article Author: Joan Sauro, C.S.J.The name swings in bright red letters outside his salon—JOSEPH’S UNISEX HAIRSTYLING. Instead of dealing with wood like his patron, this Joseph deals with hair. Promptly at 9 he opens his door, facial hair handsomely trimmed, thick hair in a boyish cut that takes 15 years off… Read more »
  • Is your parish sustainable?Is your parish sustainable?
    Article Author: The EditorsIn May, 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home). In his second encyclical, the pope urges Catholics to be mindful of their environmental impact and to actively work for environmental justice. He says of the importance of sustainability, “Many things have to change course,… Read more »
  • What does it mean to see God?What does it mean to see God?
    Article Author: A U.S. Catholic interviewWhat does it mean to see God? Is it a literal vision, along the lines of Moses and the burning bush or Jacob’s tussle with a divine figure in the Hebrew Bible? Or more metaphorical—think of the theologians who talk of “seeing” God in creation or… Read more »
  • Is your Catholic college pro-family?Is your Catholic college pro-family?
    Article Author: Molly Jo RoseFor the most part, a professorship is well suited to family life. The hours are flexible and schedules are not year round. However, because a typical academic schedule is compacted into 15-week segments, there is little wiggle room inside those semesters. Many professors who wish to become… Read more »
  • Jesus tells us to become fire. Here’s how to claim your flame.Jesus tells us to become fire. Here’s how to claim your flame.
    Article Author: Jessie BazanThe desert fathers tell this story: Abba Lot came to Abba Joseph and said, “Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation, and contemplative silence; and, according as I am able, I strive to cleanse my heart of… Read more »
  • William Barr, the death penalty, and Catholic Communion WarsWilliam Barr, the death penalty, and Catholic Communion Wars
    Article Author: Stephen Schneck“The Body of Christ . . .” In early September of 2012, Cardinal Donald Wuerl looked pointedly at me as he offered holy communion on the high altar of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It was the inaugural Mass for The Catholic University of America’s new academic… Read more »
  • Catholics around the country are taking seriously Pope Francis’ call to abolish the death penaltyCatholics around the country are taking seriously Pope Francis’ call to abolish the death penalty
    Article Author: Amanda Hendler-VossAbout 25 years after the brutal murder of her older sister, Jean Parks unearthed her true feelings about the death penalty. Image:  Read more »