U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 10, October

Catholic.com: Surfing for Salvation
From the Vatican Museums to Saint Symphorosa, from the Altar Boys Association to the Zwiefalten monastery, Catholics have built their homes in cyberspace. Patrick McCormick celebrates the vibrant Catholic presence online, but he wonders if a merely...
Confession on Trial: An Oregon Priest Discovers That Nothing's Sacred Behind Prison Walls
In June of 1995 began visiting the Catholic inmates of the county jail here in Eugene, Oregon, to celebrate the sacraments. After 10 months of regular visits to the imprisoned, I was confident that the privacy of our conversations was being respected....
How to Get the Most out of Reading the Bible
To people who think scripture comes out of the blue with no history attached, Father Daniel Harrington, S.J. says, "It does come to us directly from God but indirectly in a certain time and place, and to respect that time and place is important to understanding...
It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
MONTHS AGO, when I agreed to write this article on the richness of living in an ethnically, racially, and economically diverse neighborhood, I thought it would be easy. I knew what I wanted to say. And I'd said it often enough in speeches and...
Let This School out for Good
BILINGUAL EDUCATION HAS BECOME the center of furious debate around the country since California recently outlawed the mother tongues of most of the planet. While impassioned educators swear at each other in a variety of colorful dialects elsewhere,...
Living in the Shadow of Wounded Knee
One does not have to spend much time with Vashti Apostol-Hurst before realizing that she is an angry woman. Listen to her as she guides her car none too carefully down a deeply rutted road in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She has one hand on the steering...
My Mother's Hidden Prayer Life
ONE OF MY EARLY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES is that of my mother kneeling at her "prayer chair," reverently going through all the novenas and litanies in her bulging "Mother's Love" prayer book. Besides being a wife, nurse, and mother of six, she spent an...
The Body of Christ, Given for Whom?
He looked like he was about 6 feet 5 or 6 feet 6, the way he towered over me. He had the cold, arrogant glare of someone who knew that he was bigger, stronger, and had more power. When our paths crossed, he gave me one of the chilliest, most disapproving...
The Case against Hogging National Resources
In what some are likening to a civil war, the pros and cons of large-scale livestock operations are dividing many rural communities of Iowa and other agricultural states. Now the struggle has come to 149-year-old New Melleray Abbey, a Trappist monastery...
The Soprano
At first I thought it was a soprano-- notes suddenly shaping, coursing through a silver-lined thorax, through the ivory of a wind pipe, spiraling above the Old Tree, above the crests of mountains, bright hot arrows tearing through curtains of fog, splintering...
We Should Practice What We Teach
WHAT MAKES A CATHOLIC A CATHOLIC? Actually, a lot of things. Most important, undoubtedly, is our communal worship, usually in a parish setting, and other kinds of lesser worship such as weekday Mass attendance as well as Lenten, Advent, Marian, and...
What Would You Die For?
What meaning, if any, does martyrdom hold or U.S. Catholics on the rink of a new millennium? Is it, as some would argue, a hopelessly idealistic or old-fashioned expectation for someone to give up his or her very life for a greater good? Not if...
Will Rationalizations Fit through the Eye of a Needle?
"He was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him, and put this question to him, `Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' Jesus said to him, `You know the commandments: you must not kill; you must not commit adultery;...
Would You Indulge Me with Some Extra Credits?
It happened again last week. As soon as the restaurant bill arrived at the table, several people in our group volunteered to collect cash from everyone and pay the tab by credit card. No, they weren't short of cash. Yes, they wanted to earn frequent-flier...
You're Holier Than You Know: 3 Paths of Holiness
Being holy doesn't mean being morally upright or being a spiritual athlete-it means making the most of what we've already been given. IN JUNE OF 1997, WHILE ON RETREAT AT St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, I had an opportunity to talk at some...