U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 11, November

Can I Pray to My Deceased Mom as I Do to Saints?
Just as you might ask friends, family, or fellow parishioners to pray for yon as you struggle through a difficult time or celebrate a particular blessing, you can ask those who have gone before us to do the same. They are still part of our community...
Catholic like Me: Known Primarily for His 1960s Bestseller Black like Me, Catholic Convert John Howard Griffin Also Offers Spiritual Wisdom and Moral Insights That Are Still Waiting to Be Discovered
Almost a quarter century after his death, the extraordinary and courageous life, the spiritual insights, and the rich fiction and nonfiction writing of John Howard Griffin remain virtually unknown. Unknown, that is, except for his modern classic Black...
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Q: The part of Catholic teaching on homosexuality that I struggle with the most is ... That somehow their sin is greater than my own. All sins cause us to fall short, and I don't believe that one outweighs the other. Melissa Patterson Corona,...
In the Wake of Death: Thank God for a Work of Mercy That's Got No Respect for Our Overbooked Schedules
"ALWAYS GO TO OTHER PEOPLE'S FUNERALS, OTHERWISE they won't go to yours," said Yogi Berra. You have to admit Yogi had a point, in his inimitable fashion. My kids, however, would loudly disagree, maintaining that they've been hauled to more wakes in...
Let's Watch Our Language about Gays and Lesbians: Official Statements Calling Gays and Lesbians "Disordered" and "Violent" Do Little to Make Them Feel Welcomed and Respected in the Church. A Pastor Argues That It's Time to Stop the Name-Calling and Start Treating Gays and Lesbians as Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I MET LAURA AND LYNNE AT A PARTY GIVEN BY A mutual friend. It was there that I learned they were awaiting word from halfway around the world about a baby available for adoption. A few months later, the two women brought home their new daughter, Chloe....
One Poet's Awakening: An Interview with Franz Wright
Franz Wright recently took a walk around the grounds of the mental hospital where he spent two years in the mid-90s. Someone stopped him and asked, "Are you the poet Franz Wright?" She had just read something in the Boston Globe about him. It was posted...
Parents without Borders
LIKE MOST NEWLY-MARRIED COUPLES, KATHRYN AND Gary Davis dreamed of having children together, filling their home with children's things, and devoting their time to the little ones in their charge. All of those things have happened, just not in the...
Prescriptions for Disaster: Our Over-the-Top Legal Drug Problem Generates a Whole New Class of Pollution
THE ECONOMY SEEMS HOPELESSLY STALLED. IRAQ shows all indications of morphing into a Vietnamish quagmire. National health care remains a sham system run by a few for a few, and federal deficits and national debt are surging. Yet most Americans seem...
Read Any Good Books Lately? U.S. Catholic Editors Work with Words for a Living, but They Also Spend a Lot of Their Free Time Curled Up with Good Books. Here's a Peek at Some Published Picks from the People Who Put out This Magazine
Cathy O'Connell-Cahill Senior editor Reading mysteries is a wonderful (not to mention cheap) way to take a world tour. Having enjoyed past trips with Tony Hillerman and Robert B. Parker, this summer I went to Venice courtesy of Donna Leon, in the...
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
She was a young Filipino American woman, maybe in her late 20s or early 30s. During the Q-and-A portion of the U.S. CATHOLIC Award presentation this past September, she raised her hand to ask a question of spiritual author Joyce Rupp, the 2004 recipient...
The Write Calling: Two Might-Have-Been Monastics Discovered Their Real Life's Work and Then Tell All about It in a Pair of New Spiritual Memoirs
TWO GENERATIONS AGO POSTWAR CATHOLICS were flooding into the university, professions, and suburbs as their clergy welcomed them into positions of church leadership. Searching for guides and mentors in their new and expanded vocations, millions of Catholic...
Vote for the Poor Souls
Quite by accident I ran into my old friend Phil Phewgoer a few days ago at the airport. He now walks with a slight limp, the poor soul. When I inquired about this malady Phil told me that ever since the directive to kneel during certain parts of the...
We Can Work It Out: It's Possible to Repair a Frayed Relationship with the Church
Claire didn't think of herself as Catholic, quite frankly, until she was in her 40s. She had been raised by Catholic parents, baptized as a baby, and even attended parochial schools for a while. But she decided early on that the "Catholic experiment"...
We Won't Leave a Light on for You: Some Closing Thoughts on How Churches Create Community
THE FIRST TIME I WALKED INTO A CATHOLIC CHURCH was not for a Mass--I wasn't Catholic. I was there because in June 1985 the small Catholic church in my town opened its doors and its heart to a community that had no other place to come together in its...
You Can Get There from Here: On All Souls' Day We Affirm Our Christian Belief in Life after Death. but We Can Only Dream about What the Afterlife Is Like
I CRIED AT THE NEWS of my grandmother's death. She was in her 70s but had not been sick. Her death felt like a terrible mistake. Numbly I called the travel agent and made plans to fly home. But the whole time I kept wishing to wake up from the sadness...