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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, February

Color Me Catholic
BEFORE I BECAME A CATHOLIC I HAD made some visits to various churches. But the ceremonies of the Roman and Byzantine Church delighted me--the Roman orator Cicero mentioned that "variety delights." In later Latin literature the word variety often refers...
Five Prayers Catholics Can Take to Heart: Want to Know What Catholics Believe? Just Listen to Our Prayers
The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God. --Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God (Hudson River, 1981)...
Give Children the Richness of Their Heritage: Marian Wright Edelman Recounts Her Childhood as the Daughter of a Southern Baptist Minister
A long time ago when I read that Martin Luther prayed four hours a day, I wondered how he found the time. He said it was the only way he could gain enough strength to carry on his work. As I have grown older and wearier trying to help our nation to put...
Let's Keep Our Hands to Ourselves
IN WHAT ONE MIGHT CALL THE "OLDEN days," but still in this aging century, it seemed to be something that only Protestants did. I usually encountered it at the movies where I could watch it happening on the silver screen, appreciate the intention,...
My Neighbor the Saint
When I was 12 or 13, my parents had a friend named Wilber who was a theologian. One day as I passed Wilber on the sidewalk in front of the corner market he greeted me, "Hello, Saint LaVonne." Wilber was a delightful man who took my adolescent angst...
Oprah Throws the Book at Us
Oprah Winfrey should be warned that dangerous things can happen when you form book clubs. The very American tradition of gathering together to discuss what you've been reading led to such revolutionary movements as women's suffrage and civil rights....
Who Are the Saints among Us?
IN A WORLD THAT SEEMS TO BE AT LEAST KNEE-deep in evil and selfishness, it may be difficult to believe that we are surrounded by good people, more than a few of whom are, in fact, saints. The words saint and saintly are, of course, widely overused....
WHo Is God for a Black Catholic Woman?
If we are all members of the Body of Chris, every voice should he heard within our midst. Womanist theology developed in response to the exclusion of women's voices and stories from common wisdom within the church. "It was because the black woman was...
Would You Volunteer to Help Your Marriage?
Marriage enrichment is a popular topic these days. Couples want to have the best marriages possible especially I because with longer life spans we can anticipate that we will spend more years with our partner. But marriage grows and becomes richer...