U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 4, April

Be Quiet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] All you have to do is show up--and shut up," said the Jesuit priest, drawing a final chuckle from a group of 40 people settling down for a week of silent retreat. God would do the rest, we were all promised; we had done our...
Choose Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I start every grocery list by scribbling: Milk. Eggs (cage-free only, says the vegetarian daughter). Bread. Life. That last item? I bought six boxes of it last week, on sale. Though the boxes have gotten smaller lately,...
Coal Mountain
I'll never forget the first time I saw a strip mine: Just an hour from my home in East Tennessee my family drove past a terrible red gash in the side of a hill. The area's bright orange clay soil made the mine look like a gaping wound in the earth....
Did the Jesus Man Die? A Good Friday Epiphany
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the small chapel on Bleak Friday, Dark Friday, Haunted Friday, Despair Friday, I watch a small girl gape as the massive priest strides up the aisle and then shockingly sprawls prone on the floor, his face pressed against...
Down and out of Luck
The good news in the January Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report produced an exhalation of relief that could be heard from Pennsylvania Avenue to Wall Street. For the first time in months the recovery no longer appeared tentative, though it...
Help Yourself: Racing through Life with a Death Grip on Your To-Do List Isn't Good for Anyone You're Trying to Help. and Jesus Wouldn't Approve, Either
When I was in Germany in September of 2010," says Robert Wicks, "I was giving a talk to chaplains who had been working with the military in Afghanistan and Iraq. Just when I was getting ready to give the presentation, one of the colonels came up to...
I Will Follow Him: Her Husband's Conversion Led This Writer to Choose the Path Back to Faith
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last December my husband told me he'd be converting to Catholicism. Given what people knew about me--that I am Catholic in the same born-into-it way that I am Czech and Italian--most assumed I'd twisted him into it. In fact,...
Kids These Days
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was one of those conversations: Late in a family holiday visit, the topic of religion comes up. This time it was my 20-something brother, talking about why his friends reject organized religion. "None of us believes in...
Let Them Eat Cupcakes: At the Sticky Center of Our Nation's Inequality Lies Corporate America's Hunger for Profit
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Boomers and their parents learned of the passing of a childhood sweetheart in January when Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy. The cultural icon that had sweetened our lunchboxes with Twinkies, Hostess CupCakes, Ding Dongs,...
Not Our Cup of Tea: Catholics Fed on the Church's Social Teaching Won't like the Taste of What the Tea Party Is Serving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tea Party activists elbowed their way into the national media spotlight after the 2008 election with a "Don't Tread on Me" rallying cry that struck familiar themes rooted deep in the American experience. Crowds of flag-waving,...
Rise to the Occasion: Whether Stressed or Sleepy, in Solitude or Strange Company, the Resurrection Lifts Both Body and Spirit
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Liturgy is a river: We come to the same spot many times, yet never enter the same water twice. With the river, it's because the water's always in motion; the river of a moment ago is already gone. But in the case of liturgy,...
Temple Beautiful
TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL Chuck Prophet (Yep Roc, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Chuck Prophet has been known in the alt-rock world since the mid-1980s when he signed on as chief guitar-slinger for a great alt-country ensemble, Green on Red. Since then...
Though the Mountains May Fall: In Appalachia, the Coal Industry Thrives on Stripping the Landscape-And People's Livelihoods
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rick Handshoe lives on the battle line. Explosions shake his house regularly, covering it with dust and debris and cracking its foundation. A convoy of supply trucks rumbles constantly past his front porch. He lives amid danger...
Where 20,000 or 30,000 Are Gathered ... Challenges and Rewards Abound in Super-Sized Parishes
Flip, flip, flip, flip! Some 25 years later Maureen Regele laughs and says she'll always remember the sound of 200 theater seats popping up and down during Mass. Back then her parish, St. Matthew in Charlotte, North Carolina, holy weekly worship...
Who Decided Which Books Made It into the Bible?
The Bible is considered the inspired word of God by the faithful. So you have to wonder: where did it come from? With all the writings floating around the ancient world, who decided which of them rated as sacred enough to be scripture? This question...