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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 2, February

40 Days to a New You: Ever Wish You Had Your Own Personal Spiritual Trainer? for Lent We Offer You 40 of Them, Starting with the First 20 in Part I This Month
1 Henri J.M. Nouwen An Ash Wednesday prayer How often have I lived through these weeks without paying much attention to penance, fasting, and prayer? How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of the season without even being aware of it? But...
Debt Be Not Proud: "Odious Debt" Left over from Rotten Regimes Cripples the Developing World
A NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY TAKES OVER YOUR HOME, TIES YOU up, locks you in your own basement, then runs off with your credit cards. He goes on a wild spending spree, buying luxury items for friends and family but also picks up a number of expensive goodies...
Diary of a City Priest: Why Be a Priest in the Midst of Today's Crises? Father Dominic Grassi Shares What Keeps Him Going and Loving His Vocation
It all came into focus for me one night in a neighborhood italian restaurant. I found myself sitting like a silent referee between two close friends whose paths were diverging right before my eyes. Over the years we had shared much of our priesthood....
Ending Homelessness as We Know It: An Interview with Sister Patricia Crowley, O.S.B
You might say that all her life Sister Patricia Crowley was being prepared to work with the homeless. Consider: * She is the daughter of Pat and Patty Crowley, founders of the Christian Family Movement. The CFM motto,"Observe, judge, and act," kept...
Food for Thought
It's that time of year again--time to make the Catholic version of a New Year's resolution and decide what to give up or what to do for Lent. And just like I vow every January 1 to do 50 sit-ups a day, every Ash Wednesday I swear I'm going to do more...
Genu-Reflections: Deep Knee Bends Prompt Deep Thoughts on the Spirituality of Gesture
DURING A RECENT RENOVATION OF OUR PARISH CHURCH the daily chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was reserved came under the wrecking ball. So when the tabernacle was moved back to the main church, the congregation had to return to the practice of genuflecting...
Home Schooling: What the Church Could Learn from Families
Church leaders--from Pope John Paul II on down--often call on the, Christian, family become a "domestic church," a church in miniature. This is fine and good, and it has its strengths. But there is also a flip side: The church can benefit from becoming...
Independence Day
I don't know whether or not the Vatican celebrates its Independence Day with pyrotechnics like we celebrate ours here in the U.S. every July 4, but fireworks or not, the 11th day of February marks the anniversary of the 1929 Lateran Pacts between the...
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Cafeteria Worker: God Is the Guest Star in the First Season of CBS' Hit Drama Joan of Arcadia-And It Takes a Troupe of Actors to Fill the Role
JOAN OF ARCADIA, CBS' SURPRISE HIT SHOW ABOUT THE Almighty chatting with a not-so-religious teenage girl, as a rich genealogy. Longtime TV and film watchers race Joan's lineage to George Burns' apparition to reluctant believer John Denver in Oh God!...
Let's Drink to Less Alcohol at Parish Events: There's Nothing Wrong with Enjoying a Cold One at the Parish Picnic, but Don't Parishes Have an Obligation to Encourage Catholics to Control Their Drinking?
THE DEBATE TOOK PLACE AT ONE OF THE REGULAR PARish council meetings in our suburban Cincinnati parish: Should the snack bar at our parish athletic field move the sale of beer back one hour, to begin at noon instead of 11 a.m. on weekends? As a mother...
McCormick's Quick Takes on Angelic Films
The Bishop's Wife (RKO, 1947). Overwhelmed by the twin tasks of raising a family and a cathedral, Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine intervention. Director Henry Koster puts wings on Car/Grant and sends him to help out. While dapper,...
Stop Talking 'Bout My Generation: Young Catholics May Not Win at Catholic Jeopardy, but They've Gotten the Gist of Jesus' Message
I'VE GOT A MESSAGE FOR ALL THOSE CCD TEACHERS FROM the 1960s and '70s, those men and women who taught religious education before it was called religious education. You know who you are: You fed us all that "God is love" stuff and had us make banners...
Tangled Web: Following Jesus' Advice about Loving Our Enemies Is Not Only Good for Our Enemies, It's Good for Us
DURING A RECENT SOUTHWEST EXCURSION I came back to the house to find a tarantula on my doorstep, eerily poised between me and the door. We've all seen the movies where the tarantula pauses, motionless in all its hairy, spidery glory, before it begins...
What Is Fasting and Why Do We Do It?
As voluntary abstinence from food, that we are more than our physical drives. Not that eating is a bad thing, but any instinct--aggression, self-protection, or sexuality, for instance--can be distorted to ends destructive to oneself and one's relationships....