U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 4, April

All That Begins at the Cross
From Jesus' death Christians have learned that the end is a good place to start. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). We humans have a deep distrust of endings. Something in the human spirit answers every...
A Modern-Day Massacre of the Innocents
Last Christmas, when many Americans were celebrating both the holiday and the end of the U.S.'s bombing of Iraq, a delegation from Voice in the Wilderness (VITW)--its 19th--was in Iraq delivering relief supplies, violating U.N.-imposed and U.S.-supported...
Can Faith Have Fire without Brimstone?
To attract young people--"the generation after hell"--to the church, we need to help them see Catholicism as a spiritual path, a valuable resource for their lives. A campus minister shows how. During Pope John Paul II's January visit to Mexico and...
Catholic Tastes
Suffer the little children At last year's Easter egg hunt at a church in Daytona Beach, Florida, several children were injured as they approached a huge pile of plastic eggs containing candy and Bible verses. To make sure their own kids got their...
Hidden Treasure: The 10 Best Spiritual Books You've Never Read
Spiritual books are hot sellers. But among the more than 2,000 titles published each year, how do you find the pearls of wisdom beneath the glittering baubles? You're a book lover. You enter a Borders or Barnes and Noble superstore, and your mind...
IRREVERENTLY YOURS: A Message from Generation X
Perceptions aside, young Catholics are hardly slackers when it comes to religion, although they have fashioned a faith and spirituality radically different from their elders. Tom Beaudoin, himself a 20-something Catholic, tells what the church can...
Is the Lord Your Shepherd?
One of the world's most famous poems answers this question affirmatively. Recited at nearly every burial service, prayed by people in peril, and sung frequently in the church's Divine Office, Psalm 23's familiarity is legion. Not nearly as famous...
Prayers of the American Faithful
After 489 consecutive columns without missing a single deadline, REB is taking the month off. We're reprinting one of his, and our, favorites. Look for his column in a new spot next month. --The Editors FOR ALL THE INFANTS, BOTH THOSE WAITING to...
Some Common Sense on Social Insecurity
FEW FOLKS COULD HAVE BEEN MORE PLEASED by the nation's escape from deficit-spending land than America's scandal-weary president. It was the kind of news that allowed him to divert some attention from the Lewinsky-zone (a spatial and temporal disturbance...
The Passion of Two Thieves
My mother always liked the story of the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus. She liked how, in Luke's version of the Passion, the one--an obviously coarse and grasping man--taunted Jesus, even while sniveling in a desperate hope to avoid death,...
Thou Shalt Know Thyself
In the 1960s, the world was going secular, and it looked as though religious publishing were going the way of the dinosaur. In the midst of this, a charismatic Jesuit began to blend the new insights of psychology with the age-old wisdom of the Catholic...
Three of a Kind
FOR JESUS, IT WAS ALL ONE THING. There was no separation, no distance between the three days. Knowing what he was about to suffer, Jesus of Nazareth took bread in his hands on a Thursday evening and set into motion everything that was to follow. Christ,...
U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Give Their Book Report on Spirituality
WHOEVER WOULD HAVE thought, five or ten years ago, that book reading would have resurrected itself as one of America's favorite pastimes? With sitcoms creating captive audiences and Silicon Valley relocating to the World Wide Web, it was thought by...
What's Wrong with Welcoming Back Married Priests?
The February Sounding Board by married priest John Horan called on the Catholic Church to welcome back married priests. The following is a sampling of reader's responses to the article. "LET'S WELCOME BACK married priests" is a practical solution...