U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 1, January

Anchored Woman: Kate Sullivan
KATE SULLIVAN STILL REMEMBERS GETTING NERVOUS when, as a youngster, she served as a reader in her church. To help her, the priest offered a piece of advice she has never forgotten: "This isn't about you. This is about the Word of God. And you are simply...
A Woman's Place Is in the Bible: Far from Being Just a Story about "The Patriarchs," the Old Testament Is Full of Surprising Stories about Courageous Women Who Keep Salvation History on Course
When teaching Bible classes in parishes, I often begin with the question, "When I say 'characters of the Bible,' what names come to mind?" The consistency of the list is quite remarkable: Jesus, Paul, Moses, Saul, Solomon, David, Abraham, Isaac, and...
Bless the Beasts and the BMWs: With the Catholic Practice of Blessing, Nothing Is Too Ordinary to Be Called Holy
THREE YOUNGSTERS APPROACH THE HOUSE AFTER DARK, bent on a little freehand evening artwork. Are they graffiti vandals armed with cans of Krylon Icy Grape, intent on tagging up the victim's front porch? Nope, just kids out celebrating Epiphany. Their...
Chalk It Up to a New Year
In the feast of the Epiphany some lucky church goers collect a stick of chalk. On Epiphany Sunday, celebrated January 8 this year, I'll be there to receive this unusual Catholic sacramental. Arriving home, chalk in hand, I'll inscribe some symbols...
Correction
Correction: Due to a production error, the statement of ownership in the December 2005 issue was incorrect. A corrected statement follows. Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (Act of August 12, 1970, Section 3685, Title 39, United...
Don't We Have Any "Church Mothers"?
Writers on the early church speak often of "Church Fathers," but were there any "Church Mothers"? Because of the cultural situation of the time, women wrote little and wielded power even less, so it's hard to speak of "Church Mothers" in the same way...
Get Behind Me, Satan
GET BEHIND ME, SATAN The White Stripes (V2, 2005) The White Stripes are a two-person rock band consisting of guitarist, songwriter, and singer Jack White, and drummer Meg White (the two were married for four years in the 1990s). lack White is one...
Good Night, and, Good Luck
GOOD NIGHT, AND, GOOD LUCK Directed by George Clooney (Warner Independent Pictures, 2005) Hollywood did some of its best work responding to McCarthyism and the Red Scare, with Fred Zinnemann's High Noon and Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront offering...
Inconceivable: The Spiritual Test of Infertility
God said, "Be fruitful and multiply." But millions of couples can't do that on their own, and their spiritual struggles are often as daunting as the physical and emotional ones. New parents often describe childbirth, and their part in procreation...
Intelligent Redesign
When I meet U.S. CATHOLIC readers face to face, they often are surprised at how I look. Perhaps a name like Heidi encourages expectations of braids and lederhosen. Last year when we began an "Editors' Picks" feature in our November book issue, several...
Is There Life after Death?
In 1975 the unthinkable happened: Paula D'Arcy lost her husband, Roy, and 21-month-old daughter, Sarah, after a drunk driver hit their car. Pregnant at the time, Paula survived--only to be plunged into excruciating grief over her loss. As painful...
Let Get in Touch with God's Feminine Side: Just Because We Call God "Father" and "Lord" Doesn't Mean We Can't Name God in Other Ways, Too
A RECENT CONVERSATION WITH MY 15-YEAR-OLD daughter went something like this: When you think of God, do you think of God as male or female?" I ask. "I don't think of God as male or female." "How do you think of God?" "As a being, a person,...
Our Sisters' Keeper: A Recent United Nations Report Offers a Sobering Assessment on the Condition of Women
"A WOMAN'S WORK IS NEVER DONE" IS AN ADAGE THAT is becoming almost literally true for working women in the United States, who often put in a hard day's night of family chores once they return from a long day at the office, while their macho household...
Student Teachers: Adults Could Learn a Thing or Two If Only They Listened More When Young People of Different Faiths Get Together to Talk
ONE RECENT MONDAY MORNING A CATHOLIC youth minister called to tell me about the teen from his parish who had just attended an interfaith youth event. The girl's family life had been tragic. Her father was in prison for killing her brother, and she...
The Church We Deserve: In Accepting the U.S. Catholic Award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church Last October, Justice Anne M. Burke Looks to the Rich History of U.S. Catholicism for a Vision of the Church of the Future
Our common heritage as U.S. Catholics has never been more important or more threatened. We live in precarious times, not just because of terrorism, global warming, and urban street crime, but because of a steady loss of confidence in the direction...
The Walking Wounder: Far from Being Redemptive, Violence-Whether in Crimes or in War-Comes Back to Haunt Us All, Including the Perpetrators
MANY COMPLAIN THAT TV AND MOVIE VIOLENCE has become commonplace and coarse, but what I worry about is that too much of it has no cost or consequence. If we are going to watch people beating, torturing, and killing other human beings, it should be disturbing...
Whatever Possessed Us? We All Have Our Inner Demons to Face, It's Just That Some Are More Obvious Than Others
How shall we improve ourselves? Let us count the ways--or at least the New Year's resolutions we've made in a lifetime. I'm coming to the end of my creativity in this department. I've lost weight; adopted exercise regimes; committed to recycling;...