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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 11, November

All Abuzz about the Black Madonna: An Interview with Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd was happily writing inspirational essays for Christian magazines, driving carpool for her two kids, and generally being a good Southern Baptist wife and mother when she found herself in the midst of a feminist awakening. That spiritual...
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Double Jeopardy; Thousands of Crimes Go Unreported Because They Happen Behind Prison Bars. Why?
JOHN GEOGHAN ACHIEVED IN DEATH WHAT HAD BECOME virtually impossible for him in life: He managed to elicit sympathy even from among the many he had victimized during his wretched tour of duty as a Catholic priest. As a child molester, he resided...
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Holy Cards from the Edge
Down in the basement, on a pegboard where saws and hammers once hung, my husband keeps his shrine to the dearly departed. On the wooden board, Mike has taped holy cards from every wake we've attended together, as well as many from long before he met...
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How the West Is Run; Do We Really Have "No Choice" but to Join in an Addictive Cycle of Violence?
MAYBE I SHOULD BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER AND on the summer cold I had going into the long weekend. If it had been nicer out and I had been feeling well, my wife and I wouldn't have watched three suspect movies in three days. We would have found something...
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Let's Not Condemn Condoms in the Fight against AIDS: A South African Bishop Who Faces the Daily Reality of AIDS in His Diocese Urges the Church to Reconsider Its Ban on Condoms to Stop the Spread of HIV. It's Not Only a Matter of Chastity, He Says, but One of Justice-And a Prolife Issue as Well
I WAS VISITING ZINC SHACK "HOMES" IN A HUGE SQUATter camp in my home Diocese of Rustenburg, South Africa with one of our home-care nurses when I met young mother. She was an economic refugee from a neighboring country, an "illegal" unable to access...
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Metaphysical Therapy: This Thanksgiving Count Your Blessings and Rediscover Gratitude as an Indispensable Feature of Christian Life
FOR MANY WEEKS, GRATITUDE HAD BEEN THE FURthest thing from my mind. Not because I don't have a lot to be thankful for; it's just hard to be grateful and in pain at the same time. Some months ago I suffered a rotator cuff injury, which mystified...
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My Latter-Day Saints: Conversion to Catholicism Doesn't Happen at the Speed of Light. as You Take Step by Hesitant Step, It Helps to Have Friends Who Will Give You a Little Nudge
I call them my saints. They are the people who stood along the road to my conversion and walled with me for a while. Without them I never would have arrived at that Easter morning when I was confirmed in the church. Over the last 20 years many have...
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Recovering Grace: Catholics Suffering from Addictions to Everything from Alcohol to Food Are Finding Spiritual Wisdom and Serenity from the 12 Steps
John was never a stereotypical, fall-down, slur-your-words drunk. Drinking was fun, and alcohol was associated with good times, as he learned well growing up in an Irish Catholic home on Chicago's South Side. Whenever company came over, the bottles...
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Rose in Bloom
IF MOTHER TERESA TOLD YOU TO DO SOMETHING, would you do it? On the last birthday of her life, more than six years ago, Mother Teresa sent a message to Danielle Rose, accompanied by a rose made of frosting from her cake. "Give this rose to Danielle,"...
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What's the Difference between All Saints and All Souls?
Are all souls saints? And don't all the saints have souls? Well, while the souls of saints are certainly in heaven, not all souls are so lucky. On All Saints Day, Catholics honor and pray for the intercession of canonized saints and celebrate the...
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