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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 9, September

Bible History 101
Bible history class was but one of many September grammar school start-up rituals of my childhood. From fourth through eighth grade, the students of St. Cajetan Grammar School on the far Southwest Side of Chicago were brought to the church every Tuesday...
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Q: The best thing about public education is ... Public schools take in all students: those who are gifted, those who are struggling, those with disabilities, those who can't speak English. Rich Veit Lake Park, Minn. A greater tolerance...
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Frosted Mini-Nukes: New Classes of "Usable" Nuclear Weapons Are on the Pentagon's Menu. Who's Buying?
BUNKER BUSTER THE FRIENDLY NUKE WAS LAUNCHED by the Friends Committee on National Legislation recently. "He's cute; he's small; and he won't blow up the world" is FCNL's satirical introduction to this adorably animated little nuke, but the Quakers'...
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Labor Force
SO THEIR FAMILY COULD AFFORD TUITION AT THE LOCAL Catholic school, Jerry Butkiewicz and his siblings grew up painting houses with their dad as a side job. "We painted as soon as we were old enough to scrape dirt from the baseboards," he says. ...
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Let Freedom Ring
"Never get a credit card," my father used to tell me when I was growing up. He'd say it in a crotchety old voice--not that he was crotchety and old then, not that he is even now--but the voice communicated that credit cards, while perhaps useful...
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Let's Go Public in Support of Education: It's Time for the Church to Wholeheartedly Support Public Education, Argues a School Administrator Who Has Worked for Both Systems
MY FORMAL EDUCATION FROM FIRST GRADE to my first degree took place in Catholic schools. Yet my first year as a certified teacher was in a Chicago public school. Until my first day as a teacher, I had never been inside a public school. As I entered...
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Male and Female God Created Them: Rethinking John Paul II's Theology of the Body
On 129 occasions between 1979 and 1984, the late Pope John Paul II shared his reflections on sexuality, marriage, family life, and vocation with his Wednesday audiences at the Vatican. Each talk and each audience was unique, but John Paul II held fast...
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Maxed Out: The Spiritual Cost of Personal Debt
Kym knows exactly what broke feels like. A few months ago she was out of work and low on hope. When it looked as though she and her two children would be evicted from their California apartment, Kym--a Catholic with multiple sclerosis and no car...
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Out of Africa
Last year Father James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp. went home to Nigeria for a visit. He had no sooner gone to church for Sunday Mass than he found himself witnessing a clash of cultures. The young African parish priest had evidently had a run-in with...
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Pick on Someone Your Own Size! from the School Yard to the Boardroom, Bullying Never Seems to Go out of Style. Luckily the Antics of Some High-Profile Bruisers May Have Finally Inspired a Revolt
LAST YEAR AN R RATING KEPT MOST TEENS FROM seeing the best movie about adolescent bullies to come along in a good while. But even from the distance of middle age, the scenes of school yard aggression in Jacob Estes' Mean Creek were enough to remind...
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Portraits of Mercy
Our culture cheers the merciless, those whose knife blade flashes swift and sharp. Newspaper headlines scream, "No mercy!" Today, learning the ways of the large-hearted seems counter-cultural, almost subversive. Yet who has contributed more to human...
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Teach in Peace: Where Can Kids Hear the Countercultural Message against War, If Not in Catholic Schools?
A SHORT WHILE BACK, MY DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED an article on a visit to a parish grammar school by a local marine, recently returned from Iraq. An accompanying photo showed him dressed to impress, his uniform crisply ironed and adorned with medals...
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The 78th Time: Forgiving People over and over Is Definitely Worth a Try, but Eventually You Get to Let Those Trespassers Have It. Right?
I RAN OUT OF FORGIVENESS about a week ago. I reached the end of my forbearance; this was it--no more mercy! This particular friend has disappointed me so many times I've lost count. Maybe this was the legendary 78th offense that puts me beyond the...
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Would You Know a Catechumen from a Candidate?
Each year as parishes begin to prepare those who wish to enter the church, a common question comes up: Why are some people called "candidates" and others called "catechumens"? Though different, both catechumens and candidates enter the Catholic...
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Yes We Have No Tomatoes: A Gardener Learned a Lesson about Sabbath Rest When She Didn't Plant Her Usual Crop
We did not plant our garden this year. There is a myriad of reasons why: I was delayed in starting seeds, there was too much rain, the weekends were hectic. By the time we got around to it, the garden center no longer had vegetables in stock. So I...
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You're Now Free to Pray about the Cabin: A Brief Nod to God before Takeoff Helps Calm Spiritual Turbulence during Flight
ONCE WHILE FLYING INTO CHICAGO'S BUSY O'HARE Airport, as the plane gently made its descent toward the runway, the nose of the plane suddenly turned upward. Engines roared. Throttles were thrown into full force. My back was glued upright to my seat,...
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