US Catholic Faith in Real Life

May 2020

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May 2020

Vol. 85, No. 5

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Christ in full color

By Father John Christman, S.S.S.
Through her art, Laura James has shaped Catholic worship in the United States for more than 20 years.


Lord, hear our prayer

by Teresa Coda

Prayer isn't a magic cure, but people testify to its healing power.


Here is our mother

by Sister Laurie Brink, O.P.
At the foot of the cross, Mary stands with all grieving parents.


Braided together

by Sister Joan Sauro, C.S.J.
At the altar of a church, four women—two from scripture and two from the pews—stand together.


Sounding Board

The mystery of faith

Essay by Shemaiah Gonzalez

Reader survey by René Ostberg

U.S. Catholic readers reflect on why they're Catholic.


Expert Witness

Tell me about it

an interview with Natalia Imperatori-Lee
We must listen to the storiesof Catholics around the globe, says this theologian.




Wise Guides

Poet and prophet

by David Russell Mosley
Find a new look on life with the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.



The Examined Life: Forest lessons

By Jessie Bazan
Trees teach the Easter truth time and again.


Salt & Light: In whom do we trust?

By David Cloutier
Social trust is essential for working together for the common good.


Margin Notes: A sick system

By Kevin Clarke
America needs merciful sick and family leave policies.


Culture in Context: The Bannon effect

By Danny Duncan Collum
Two new documentaries demonstrate the hypocrisy of Steve Bannon and, by extension, his political movement.


Home Faith: From fury to faith

By Shemaiah Gonzalez
God gives us the tools we need to deal with our emotions. Just listen.


Testaments: Build bridges

By Alice Camille
It's time to show the Samaritans some love.


Glad You Asked: Is ignorance a sin?

By Kevin P. Considine




Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)