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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 2, February

A Lenten Walk with Thee: Waiting for Springtime in New England Reminds This Writer of the Rebirth of Our Spirit
Listen to the trees of winter, the poet May Sarton said, and learn from them: "I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and...
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And the Sinner Is ... We've Fallen and We Can't Get Up-At Least Not without Some Help
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I'm writing about sin this week," I told a friend. "For or against?" he asked. It's a fair question. Much of what we read in the news is the revelation of the world's sinful activity. These reports defend evil deeds (usually...
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Can You Dig It? Lent Is the Perfect Time for Families to Go Deep and Weed Our Inner Gardens
IN MY LIFE B.C. ("BEFORE CHILDREN"), I HAD SOMETHING of a green thumb. But all that changed in the two months I was placed on bedrest before our twins were born. My husband, juggling his job with everything I could no longer do, wasn't able to garden,...
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Catholics without Borders: In the Midst of a Heated Debate on Immigration and a Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants, Bishop Jaime Soto Lays out the Church's Agenda
Although born in Los Angeles, Bishop Jaime Soto has been stopped several times at airport security. During one such occasion the officer did not want to believe that he was a bishop until he opened his briefcase, He was carrying a Bible and a bottle...
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Come Together: Perhaps St. Martin De Porres Can Help Christians Today to Stop Fighting like Cats and Dogs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ONE DAY I WAS HOME, A FAMILIAR comfortable place; the next day I was a stranger in a strange land. It was Nov. 3, 1960, the date of my exile from my home in Cuba. It was also the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican...
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Do the Right Thing: Hollywood Seems to Be Conscious of the Conscience, as Tough Movie Heroes Are Listening More to That Little Voice Inside Their Heads
YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT it, but Hollywood often has been good to people of conscience. America's dream factory has produced many a tall tale about courageous folk ready to do the right thing in hard times. Moviegoers love men and women of action charging...
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Enchanted
ENCHANTED Directed by Kevin Lima (Disney, 2007) In the seven decades since Disney released Snow White, the house that Walt built has made its bread and butter by spinning old fairy tales about lovely young ladies in search of the glass slipper,...
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Fashion Statement: The Mexican Custom of Lovingly Dressing the Baby Jesus Reminds Us That He's Part of Our Human Family
I VIVIDLY REMEMBER THE NIGHT MY FRIENDS LUPE AND JUAN invited me to their home to celebrate the clothing of the Nino Dios, the statue of the baby Jesus, on February 2, the feast of Jesus' Presentation in the temple (Luke 2:22-38). Faithful to the tradition...
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Here Comes Everybody Else: Our Color in the Crayola Box of "Flesh Tones" Shouldn't Determine Our Place in the Church
CORPORATE REORGANIZATIONS HAVE BECOME SO common that they hardly merit mention, even when the corporation in question is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB has been under steady pressure to reduce costs and has just...
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Hispanic Catholics Deserve More from Their Church: Hispanic Catholics Will Soon Be the Majority in the U.S. Church but They Are Still Often Relegated to the Basement. It's Time to Bring Hispanic Ministry Upstairs, One Priest Argues
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN BOSTON OR CHICAGO if the papal nuncio forbade corned beef on St. Patrick's Day because it falls on a Friday during Lent? Or laughed at Our Lady of Czestochowa because no one could prove that St. Luke painted...
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Hot Enough for You? the World's Poor Face an Even Bleaker Future Than Polar Bears, Thanks to Global Warming
GLOBAL WARMING HAS PROVED ONE OF THE RARE issues capable of uniting Christians of all persuasions into a more or less coherent chorus for change. A lot of folks have been moved to a call for action on global warming and the related phenomenon of climate...
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Is All Church Teaching Created Equal?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] News about limbo last year kept us, well, in limbo. Is it in or out? To many, this issue had to do with the ability the church to modify its teaching. We tend to give all church teaching the same weight and authority, but...
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Ni Aqui nor There: They're Not Immigrants, but They Don't Feel Fully "American" Either: U.S.-Born Latinos Are Struggling to Find Their Place in the U.S. Catholic Church
As a former Catholic who had given up his faith, Aurelio Manuel Montemayor could not understand why he was weeping at the sight of the Virgin of Guadalupe. He wasn't seeing a vision. The bilingual educator with a master's degree was watching television...
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The Other Latin Mass: Charismatic Liturgies, with Their Lively Music, Mysticism, and Strong Community, Offer the Best of Both Worlds to Hispanic Catholics Looking for a Little More Oomph in the Mass
I was raised in a strict Pentecostal household and indoctrinated from an early age about the evils of the Catholic Church. I was taught that Catholicism was the furthest thing from spirituality, where God was nowhere to be found because saints and...
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Ven Y Sigueme
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] VEN Y SIGUEME Santiago Fernandez (OCP, 2006) I sang it, my mother sang it, and my grandmother sang it. "Pescador de Hombres" has been for generations a staple of Hispanic liturgical celebrations. Yet in the last few years...
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Voz of the People
A friend recently informed me that she had bought me a ticket for a certain concert at a certain time and place. It was a well intentioned and generous gesture, but it left me a bit uneasy. The point is I had not been asked if the date and time was...
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