U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 10, October

A Widow Goes a Long Way
He told them a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart. `Once there was a judge in a certain city who respected neither God nor man. A widow in that city kept coming to him and saying, "Give me my rights against my opponent."...
Catch the New Wave of Spiritual Writing
For years spiritual-book publishers were just keeping their heads above water. These days they're riding high with a resurgence in religious publishing. Culture columnist Patrick McCormick introduces some of the more useful guides to Christian spirituality...
God Is in the Gorgonzola
I was in an Italian grocer's shop in Soho when it happened. It was a Thursday afternoon, and I was buying supper. I was gazing into a large glass case, trying to decide between the dolce latte and the Gorgonzola, the coppa and the Parma ham when the...
How to Get a Better Read on Your Faith.: The Ancient Practice of 'Lectio Divina' Gives You a Leg Up on Prayer and Spiritual Development
Sometime in the late 12th century a monk named Guigo, the second prior of the monastery of the Grand Chartreuse in France, wrote to his friend Gervase about some thoughts he had concerning exercises "proper to a cloistered monk." Those thoughts, in...
Lost and Found
There was once a man who couldn't, for life or death, find his way in the world. A dilemma. On the one hand, he was an irrepressible voyager. The world's map was a Baedeker -- no, a very bible. He opened the map, it was transformed before...
Prayer: It's Just What the Doctor Ordered
No one can explain the phenomenon, but modern medicine can't ignore the miraculous results. It's no wonder that doctors are beginning to take a second look at the power of prayer. Richard Medved's only daughter lay on the operating table, bleeding...
Still Faithful after All These Years
The best-known academic at Harvard University is probably professor emeritus John Kenneth Galbraith. This famous economist has achieved a wide reputation through his written and spoken commentary on vital national issues. He also remains known for...
Strike It Meaningful
Thirty years after vatican II, we're now free to reassess some popular devotions despised at the height of reform fever. I recall despising several myself, being wholly ignorant of their history or role in personal spirituality. ("So pre-vatican II,"...
The Government's Secret Disservice
When, a few months ago, the U.S. Air Force revealed that in 1947 it had conducted a somewhat offbeat research project in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, a large cohort of Americans felt both vindicated and dissatisfied. This cohort consisted...
U.S. Catholic Takes a Spirituality Check
There's a famous quotation visited so frequently in religious circles that it has the comfortable, well-worn feel of your favorite book: "Theology is faith seeking understanding." Or so said Saint Anselm. It's as if the readers of U.S. Catholic were...
Waging Waugh
It was one of those unforgettable artistic moments, like seeing an almost finished oil painting or walking through a nearly completed architectural gem. This moment was a studio reading of "Waging Waugh," a one-person play capturing the personality...
What I Took Home from the Cloister
Twenty years ago, writer Kathleen Norris and her husband, poet David Dwyer, left New York City to live in her grandparents' home in Lemmon, South Dakota. Later, after two extended stays living, praying, and working at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville,...