Why are we throwing a fit about crying rooms?

crying baby RGBdKTlW4Since most of us have experienced the crying room at some point in our churchgoing careers, consider what U.S. Catholic’s Molly Jo Rose has to say about this hotly debated parish space. Please take the survey after the article.

On a scale of one to 10, my kid goes to 11. At age 4, he’s high energy, high intelligence, and often highly challenging. I love everything about my little wild man until Sunday morning comes and we’re at Mass and everyone’s staring at me like I brought an ape into the room. Continue reading

Eucharist: You are what you eat, part two

Eucharist means “Thanksgiving.” Each time we participate in the Eucharist, we are invited to show our thankfulness to God by responding with our lives. When the Eucharist gives someone the strength to live his or her life in a remarkable way, the rest of us are moved to a better understanding of how the Eucharist can transform us.

Writing in U.S. Catholic on the question of “When do the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ?”, Father James Field says: “There is a . . . more personal question. At what point do we become the Body and Blood of Christ? The bread and wine is not consecrated for its own sake, after all, but for the good of the church and for the world.”

Andrea, mother of a college student and a high school freshman, feels this challenge of the Eucharist in each encounter. Continue reading

Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg

Yes, it’s only September, but come on, admit it, you’re already starting to think about Christmas gifts for the kids. in “Have yourself a green Christmas,” U.S. Catholic’s Megan Sweas suggests families size up how we celebrate Christ’s birth and the toll it’s taking on the earth.  Would your kids rebel at the mere thought?  Is Sweas just a Grinch in disguise?

Read Megan Sweas’ suggestions for a greener Christmas for your family, and take the quick survey that follows.  Your answers may appear in the December issue of U.S. Catholic magazine.