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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 3, March

40 Days to a New You: Ever Wish You Had Your Own Personal Spiritual Trainer? for Lent We Offer You 40 of Them, Finishing Up the Final 20 in Part II This Month
21 Joan Chittister, O.S.B. A growing season Lent is not an event. It is not something that happens to us. It is at most a microcosm of what turns out to be a lifelong journey to the center of the self. The purpose of Lent is to confront us...
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A Child Shall Lead Them: Spiritual Lessons from Parents of Kids with Disabilities
Like other little girl her any age, Julia loves going to kindergarten, where she enjoys story time, learning new words, and working on her papers. Looking at Julia, most people see a tall, shy 6-year-old who has some physical and speech delays. She...
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A Failing Grade on Global Trade: NAFTA's a Disasta': What to Do? More Free Trade, Anyone?
A 10-YEAR PROGRESS REPORT ON NAFTA WAS RELEASED LAST November. The results were not quite as advertised by the free market priesthood who foisted the North American Free Trade Agreement on a skeptical public during the Clinton watch. Turns out that...
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A Stone's Throw from Grace: In Biblical Times, It Was Definitely a Man's World. but in the Story of the Adulterous Woman, Jesus Writes in the Earth a New Way of Living and Forgiving
BEING A BIBIACAL WOMAN WAS NEVER EASY. FROM THE story of Eve through the vision of the pregnant woman chased by a dragon in the Book of Revelation, these women had to put up with a lot of misery. They were blamed for the advent of sin in the world....
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Be like Pat: We're Looking for a Few Steadfast Men
Despite and an angry letter he wrote to the pirate-slaver Coroticus, we know very little for certain about St. Patrick. We do know he wasn't Irish and he wasn't the first missionary to tackle the Irish situation. A man named Palladius has that honor,...
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Catholics Should Care about What They Eat: As You Bite into Your Big Mac, Do You Find Yourself Wrestling with Your Conscience over Issues like Fair Wages for Farmworkers or the Corporatization of Our Food Supply? One Conscientious Consumer Argues That, for Catholics, Eating Should Be a Moral Act
SEVERAL YEARS AGO I WAS AT A PARTY WITH A FRIEND who had recently become a vegetarian. As she moved through the buffet line, avoiding the meat and piling on the fresh fruit, another friend asked about the motivation for her new lifestyle. Had she adopted...
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Communion Wars
Last April we reported in this space how Bishop William Weigand of Sacramento publicly challenged Catholic politicians who supported legalized abortion, even preaching that then-governor Gray Davis needed to "abstain from receiving Holy Communion until...
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Cyril Who?
Whoever first said, "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day made a good point. Almost every American citizen, whether Catholic, atheist, Jew, Wiccan, or whatever, knows whose feast is March 17. Most all Catholics also know the famous feast celebrated...
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Don't Read All about It! Spiritual Reading and Education Is Big Business These Days. but Could Reading That One More Book about the Faith Perhaps Keep Us from Actually Living It?
By the time my grandmother Anna died at age 94, she was on a first-name basis with God. Daily Mass, the rosary, and reading her prayer book were a big part of her life until the end. She prayed, she gave plenty of her meager pension to the missions...
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Feedback
Q: If I were to make one change about the way I purchase food, it would be ... To eat no meat products. The U.S. meatpacking industry is cruel to animals, inhumane to workers, and lacking in cleanliness. Teresa Davis Cincinnati, Ohio To...
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Fronds Forever: The Palms in Our Hands Make the Story of Jesus' Last Days Something We Can, Literally, Grasp
ON PALM SUNDAY, AS WE SHUFFLE INTO CHURCH, SOME of us grab long palm leaves and bind them into crosses. Maybe we fold them to tuck behind pictures of the Sacred Heart when we get home. Some people tack them to bulletin boards. Others put them on the...
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Insurer's Policy: "Drop Dead!"
For two years after I graduated college, my parents freaked out because I didn't have health insurance. I, myself, was not too stressed about the situation, as I was 21 and invincible. But Mom and Dad seemed to disagree. I was a full-time volunteer,...
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Make Yourself at Home: If We Are Family and, Even More, the Body of Christ, Shouldn't We Act like It?
MY FAMILY DOES NOT WELCOME ME. I HAVE BEEN LIVing (physically) away from my family home for a number of years now, and when I occasionally go back, my mother does not welcome me. She does not consult my siblings about whether I should come or not,...
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Missing Persons: We See a Lot of Young, Pretty, White People in Movies and on TV. but a Few Photographers and Directors Are Working to Remind Us of the People We Don't See-And Why We Should Take a Second Look
WHEN SOJOURNER TRUTH GOT UP BEFORE THE 1851 Women's Convention and cried out, "Ain't I a woman?" the former slave and mother of 13 demanded the same rights granted every white man and claimed by every white woman and man of color. Just because her...
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Say Goodbye to Hollywood
GERARD STRAUB'S RICHES-TO-RAGS STORY IS NOT UNlike that of his spiritual role model, St. Francis of Assisi, who also gave up wealth and high living to pursue a life devoted to God and the poor. For decades Straub was a successful Hollywood television...
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What Does the Church Say about Cremation?
Margaret is in her late 80s and has decided it's time to plan her funeral. A lifelong Catholic, she's pleased to learn the church permits cremation, which she finds attractive because of Its simplicity anti, in her case, lower cost. She is not alone...
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With Liberty and Health Care for All: With 44 Million Uninsured and Just about Everybody Else Unhappy with Annual Cost Hikes and HMO Runarounds, It's Fair to Wonder If Americans Are Getting Their Money's Worth from the World's Costliest Health Care System
Chris and Lisa Wilson were living a just-about picture-perfect middle-class life in New York's Duchess County when America's health care crisis came pounding on their front door last spring. Chris had a mid-level management job with an IT services...
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