U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 2, February

5 THINGS Every Catholic Should Know about the MASS
SHORTLY INTO HER ONE-WOMAN SHOW, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Lily Tomlin steps out of character and offers to the audience her litany of worries. She says: I think you should know that I worry a lot.... I even worry...
A Call from the World's Religions
Religion will play a crucial role in meeting the tremendous challenges of the coming century, former South African President Nelson Mandela told the thousands of religious and spiritual leaders who attended the eight-day Parliament of the World's Religions...
Be Not Afraid
Jesus managed his fear by handing it over to God in prayer. So should we. I REMEMBER THE 4TH OF July, 1979 clearly. My parents took me to see our town's fireworks display. While the crowds of people oohed and aahed at the fireworks, studied the...
Catholic Tastes
AN ETIQUETTE TIP from the "Quick Takes" column in the Chicago Sun-Times, courtesy of Martin Marty's newsletter Context (Jan. 15, 2000): "The proper closing for a letter to the pope is: `Prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness and imploring the favor...
Catholic Throat Culture
There's more to blessing throats on Saint Blase's Day, February 3, than not getting sick. I NOTICED THE TWO CANDLES LYING ON A TABLE AT THE foot of the altar just as Mass was beginning. Late in the short stretch of time between Christmas and Lent,...
Common Senseless in Seattle
When the people "just say no" to the WTO, will their political leaders listen? IT WAS A LARGE, AND FOR THE MOST PART, PEACEFUL crowd that locked out World Trade Organization (WTO) ministers from their triennial meeting in Seattle last November,...
How the '70S Taught Me to Dig Scripture
The antiheroes of the Bible are especially well suited to a generation that has learned not to trust the world. I remember the day well. I stood with my classmates in the St. John of the Cross gymnasium, and I was dressed in the height of early...
Keeping Faith in America
When U.S. Catholics don't always agree that their Father knows best, are they still members of the family? Patrick McCormick looks at some recent studies on the coming of age of America's Catholics. When I was young ... there never was any question...
Mccormick's Quick Takes
Toy Story 2 (Disney, 1999). Joining that very short list of sequels that equal or exceed the original, John Lassiter's return to toyland offers an engaging tale where the characters and plot are as "new and improved" as the animation. This time out...
Mission Statements
Innovative religious orders show that mission work means going--or staying--where there is need, proving that you don't have to pa&your bags to be a missionary. The Claretians working on Chicago's South Side are mainly in the business of saving...
My Funny Valentine
Society celebrates young love, but there's a special holiness in love that's lasted over the years. Good Pope John blessed my parents marriage. Not at St. Peter's, of course, but at St. Leo's, as in St. Leo's in Corona, New York. Well, sort of at...
THE MARKET IS MY SHEPHERD, and I Shall Want and Want and Want
A few years ago a friend advised me that if I wanted to know what was going on in the real world, I should read the business pages. Although my lifelong interest has been in lithe study of religion, I am always willing to expand my horizons; so I took...
U.S. CATHOLICS: Who Do We Think We Are?
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW JAMES DAVIDSON James Davidson sat down with about 20 bishops a few years back to talk about sociology. He began by asking, "How many of you have a social researcher diocesan staffs to collect demographic data?" No hands. "How...
When the Punishment Is the Crime
Our policies may be to blame for the overcrowding in our prisons. IT IS PERHAPS A TRUISM THAT A SOCIETY CAN BE JUDGED by the quality of its social institutions. Early in the century that just ended, the unfortunate people considered out of sync...
Who's Afraid of the Seven Deadly Sins?
U.S. CATHOLIC readers say they still struggle with the seven sinister sins of pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. ASK THE AVERAGE PERSON IN THE pew to name the Seven Deadly Sins and you'll get either a long pause followed by a...
With a Child's Understanding
I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE ARTICLE "WHAT CHILD IS this?" by Megan McKenna (December) with my family and friends this Christmas. I was moved to tears this morning in church when I read the story that accompanied our weekly bulletin. As I explained...