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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 4, April

Can Parishes Be Schools of Forgiveness?
In Parish! (Crossroad, 1997), the Pulitzer-prize-winning story Of a vibrant Catholic community, Robert Keeler reports on the spirituality of St. Brigid's Parish in Westbury, New York. To a great extent, St. Brigid's presents a microcosm of what is occurring...
Catholics Should 'Fess Up
Catholics of a certain age who attended Catholic grade schools in the United States before Vatican II have vivid memories of old-time Confession--that is, privately and frequently confessing one's sins to a priest. And they have good reason to hold...
Dancing in the Aisles
I watched the people in my Parish dance at Mass last Sunday. No, they didn't boogie in the aisles or cha-cha around the altar. They simply did what they do every week, but this time, I watched them with different eyes. The idea of liturgical dance...
How I Almost Missed Good Friday
It must have been about the time that I was chopping up the melon for my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter's breakfast that the angst set in. Here it was Good Friday, and I hadn't done a single liturgical or sacramental thing during the entire expanse...
Memo To: God
Pushing pins into heaven's bulletin board helps a congregation pray For the past three years or so, our church has set aside a chapel where people come at all hours of the day and night to pray before the consecrated Eucharist, which is lifted up...
Out of Your Closet and into Your Living Room
For most of the 20th century, movies and television have cast gay and lesbian characters as deviant had guys. But as attitudes in the larger public change, so has Hollywood's portrayal of gays. Culture columnist Patrick McCormick finds gay and lesbian...
Parenting Offers Unexpected Gifts
"If parenting is a charism, I'm pretty sure I don't posses it," Wendy Wright once thought. "Three children I have, a gift for parenting I don't." Then the Spirit moved her. I had never thought about it in quite that way. Never thought about parenting...
Preferred Providers; How the Church Chooses Its Doctors
Who are the Doctors of the church, and what does it take to become one? Should there be more? The naming in 1997 of Saint Therese of Lisieux as a "Doctor of the church" by Pope John Paul II caused Catholics around the world to ask what the term means,...
Someone Prayed for You Today
As the bells of the mission church in Santo Tomas, Guatemala sound, parishioners arrive for the evening weekday Mass about to be celebrated. In another part of the world, worshipers come for weekday-morning Mass in the Roman Basilica of the Immaculate...
The High Price of Cheap Food
The dead zone was the name of a Stephen King thriller a few years ago about a guy who falls into a heavy coma after a car accident. When he returns from his visit to the "dead zone," he's acquired the ability to see into the future. There's another...
The Other Side of Suffering: What Can Jesus' Passion Teach Us about Our Own Suffering, and How Can We Transform Suffering into Opportunities for Spiritual Growth?
What can Jesus' Passion teach us about our own suffering, and how can we can transform suffering into opportunities for spiritual growth? Befriending our death can tee easier said than done. Not every death is easy. The death of Jesus is, of course,...
There's Something Fishy about Meatless Fridays
The six Fridays of Lent, coupled with Ash Wednesday, remind Catholics who were conscious before 1966 of the time when all Fridays were meatless. I remember the Catholic Extension Society's calendar with salmon-colored fish imposed over every Friday's...