U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 7, July

Bless Us, O Lord, and These Thy Beans; a Young Girl's Discovery Becomes Too Much for Her Family to Stomach
My grandfather, Seamus Kelly, was born in Ireland 23 years after the Great Potato Famine. Although he didn't experience the disaster firsthand, his life was nonetheless affected by it. Horrible tales of people driven by hunger to eat grass were...
Can Catholicism Seem Cool to Your Kids?
When your teenage daughter tells you that the Dalai Lama has a lot more going for him than the pope, do you have an answer for her? Just what about Catholicism makes it attractive to the younger generation? According to Robert Ludwig, director of university...
Did Jesus Laugh?
Umberto Eco in The Name of the Rose, his masterly detective story set in a 14th-century monastery, has the monks argue whether Jesus ever laughed. One character is outraged at the very idea that our Lord could have descended to such levity; another...
Family Secrets: Should You Know the Truth?
Deciding whether to let the skeletons out of the family closet means weighing the value of honesty against the desire to protect descendants from pain. When the news about our recently named Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Jewish roots exploded...
How I Helped My Father Die
This fall, I helped my father die. He was 78 years old and, we thought, in good health for his age. I am the oldest of his eight children. We have always been a close family, and were always guided by the dignity and strength of deeply religious parents....
Let's Cut Chain Gangs Loose
IMAGINE THE FOLLOWING SCENE: IT'S A HOT summer day. The sun is beating down on African American men. They are shackled to each other as they chop weeds for 12 hours. Armed guards and panting dogs watch intently over the chained men. One may think...
Social Justice for Dummies: A Guide to What You Can Do to Give Social Justice a Good Name
A guide to what you can do to give social justice a good name. Includes bonus information on: * The easy way to know the difference between justice and charity * The pitfalls that lead to "fringe-ism" * What's in it for you "He's on the social-justice...
The Angelus Still Has Appeal
Many of our readers, perhaps, most are unfamiliar with the Catholic tradition of the Angelus--a devotion that honors the Annunciation three times daily at the tolling of church bells. A recent trip to Ireland reminded me of the custom, because Radio...
The Awe-Filled Truth about the Mass
Among those catholics who turn their noses up, or their thumbs down, at the changes made in the life of the church by the Second Vatican Council, there is a prevailing feeling that a sense of awe, especially in the Mass, has been lost. Something they...
Warning: Simplicity May Complicate Your Life
In the wake of the conspicuous consumption of the '80s come the simplicity gurus telling us to get rid of all our stuff. But for Christians, the simple life doesn't come so easily. I'm getting married this summer, and one of the things Guay and I...