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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 9, September

A More Perfect Communion: Christians Can Manage to Be the One Church of Christ without Agreeing on Everything
A CHURCH DIVIDED OVER THE ROLE OF WOMEN, AT war over the place of gays and lesbians, splitting between "prophetic" progressives and "tradition-minded" conservatives. Sound familiar? The church in question is not the Roman Catholic Church but the...
A Tale of Two Sisters: You, Too, Might Find the Story of Your Family in Sunday's Gospel
MY SISTER AND I ARE FEATURED IN THE GOSPEL at Mass in a few weeks (September 28 to be exact). The Pharisees are harassing Jesus. He replies with the tale of a man who one day asked his two sons to go work in the family vineyard. One son told his dad...
Character Development: Author Ann Patchett's Catholic Faith Has Played a Starring Role in Her Growth as a Writer
There is no particular person author Ann Patchett has looked to for inspiration. Instead, she credits her Catholic faith for teaching her a boundless capacity for creativity and appreciation for metaphor. Patchett has harnessed that power to her audience:...
Dancing with the Jesuits: Learning the Box Step Is One Thing. Using It to Get the Girl Is Quite Another
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You entered Manhattan's Jesuit Regis High School through the rear entrance--the student entrance--a darkened tunnel that was as much symbolic as it was physical. When you walked through that tunnel, you not only left Manhattan...
Do You Whistle While You Work? Does Labor Make You Grumpy, Happy, or Just Sleepy? Either Way, It Is Essential to Our Roles as Good Citizens and Good Christians
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WORK CAN BE BACK-BREAKING TOIL THAT enslaves us or creative artistry that liberates and fulfills us. Three recent books explore labor's highs and lows by looking at work as a craft, a trap, and a calling. Thomas Jefferson...
Drawing Inspiration: Pedro De Valdivia Painted Away Pain as a Teen. He Hopes to Spark a Love for Art in Young People
Pedro Elijah De Valdivia stands near an easel in front of about 60 high school kids at the Latino Youth Summit in Washington state. "What color should I put here?" the 23-year-old artist shouts. The kids call out colors, and he smears some blue under...
How Did We Get a Creed?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Christianity has always emphasized faith as a person's life-defining response to Jesus Christ. Early Christians put their deepest convictions about God, creation, and salvation into set forms known as "creeds" that served...
Let My People Stay: How to Deal with the Immigration "Problem"? Give People a Real Choice on Migration
IT MAY SURPRISE RED-WHITE-AND-BLUE AMERICANS FIXATED on preventing the Hispanic reconquista of the Anglo Norte, but many of the folks they howl most about agree with them. They don't want to come to America any more than these Americans want to let...
Not Holier Than Thou: Read Enough about Our Tradition's Holy Role Models, One Saint Afficionado Says, and You'll Start to Believe You Can Be One, Too
I CAME TO THE STORIES OF THE SAINTS IN A RATHER unusual way--and one I don't expect any of you to share: I wrote for a Catholic homily preparation resource, and part of that work involved saying something about the feast days of the saints in the liturgical...
Our Health Care System Needs a Heart Transplant: And Our Politicians Need a Brain Transplant. Universal Health Care Is the Most Compassionate Option We Have, Argues a Catholic Doctor, and It's the Smartest, Most Economical Solution as Well
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I GREW UP IN A VERY IMPOVERISHED PART OF VIRGINIA. Most people were poor farm laborers. Despite this, when patients came to the physician's office, the first question was "How can we help you?" not "Can I see your insurance...
Pray Your Own Way: These Aren't Your Grandma's Devotions. Young Adult Catholics Are Using Non-Traditional Ways to Get in Touch with Their Spiritual Side
It's: 11 p.m., and 31-year-old Tara Turner is wearing cotton pajamas, lying on her bed, deep in prayer. Her hands aren't folded; they're clasping a pink Game Boy. As she digs to the center of the earth, attacking monsters en route, Turner communes...
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense By The Talking Heads (Palm Pictures, 1984, 1999) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Spiritual classics are inspirational works, tested by time, designed to bring one closer to God. G.K. Chesterton and John Henry Newman come to mind....
Strike Up the Bandwidth
More years ago than I care to admit, when AOL was about the only game in town and it took just under 48 straight hours of hair-pulling techie hell to figure out how to get your computer to use this Internet thingy, I held my breath and plopped down...
The Dean's List: Have You Read a Good Book Lately? A Quarter Century Ago a Dean at Boston College Started Serving Up 27 Ways to Say Yes to That Question
The Dean's List is celebrating its silver jubilee. It came into being as I went from being an economics professor at the University of Michigan to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. A novice dean, I was rolled out to address...
Thirst
Thirst Poems by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press, 2006) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Another morning and I wake with thirst for the goodness I do not have. I walk out to the pond and all the way God has given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord, I was...
Word to Live By: You've Heard It before, but Listen Again: The Bible Is the Best Book on Your Shelf
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT IF I TOLD YOU I KNEW OF SOMETHING that could change your life? This gift has the transformative power to give you a second chance, a fresh start. It s a source of consolation and healing. It can guide you in the discernment...