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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 5, May

A Joy to Be Around: Amidst the Suffering and Death in the World, There Is Still Room for Hope, Happiness, and Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two of the most joyful people I know are women who, frankly, have no right to be. Not if you consider joy a by-product of a carefree life--which many of us do when we're thoughtless about it. My friend Susie was born with...
A Year in the Promised Land: A Student Abroad Observes How Past and Present Shape the Future of the Holy Land
October 4 2010 In less than a week, I leave for a year-long Fulbright fellowship in Jerusalem. In preparation I have spent a lot of time reading Israeli newspapers to brush up on current affairs in the country. Last week, The New York Times carried...
Does the Church Believe in Life on Other Planets?
In a 1995 episode of the popular TV drama The X-Files, FBI agent Fox Mulder--a true believer in extraterrestrial life--has a quick exchange with his partner Dana Scully, the rational scientist and devoted skeptic. He asks, "Are you familiar with the...
Good Listener: Blessed John Henry Newman Insisted That Bishops Should Consult the Faithful on Matters of Doctrine, Because Often Enough the Laity Gets It Right
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first time I ever heard of John Henry Newman was in the summer of 1964. The Idea of a University was required reading for all incoming Georgetown University freshmen. While duly impressed by the sheer erudition of Newman's...
I'd like to Teach the World to Sing: Many of Us Have Lost Our Voices, and We Owe It to Ourselves to Make That Joyful Noise Again
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Shakespeare warns us in The Merchant of Venice to beware of people without music in them, folks unmoved by the concord of sweet sounds, for their spirit is as dull as night, their hearts as dark as pitch, and their souls filled...
Little Women: Mattel and Abercrombie Sell Sexiness Even to 6-Year-Olds. Enter Those Who Are Fighting Back to Let Girls Be Girls
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At a recent wedding Becky Groth was amazed to see the revealing dress on the beautiful 17-year-old daughter of a close friend. The dress was so skimpy and inappropriate, Groth says, that the girl drew a lot of unwanted attention...
New Multitudes
NEW MULTITUDES: Jay Farrar, Jim James, et al. (Rounder Records, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When the American folk icon Woody Guthrie died in 1967, he left behind reams of song lyrics but no music for them. During the past two decades his...
Park It! Americans Need to Curb Our Enthusiasm for Cars before We Drive Ourselves Down the Road to Ruin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Time and again, I run into evidence that we Americans just cannot think straight about how and when to drive our cars. I recently overheard two young professionals discussing their daily routine, which included early morning...
Picturing the End: The Artistic Visions of So-Called "Outsider Artists" Offer an Invitation to Imagine Creation's Final Destination
The sprawling exhibition HEAVEN+HELL, a joint project of two Chicago museums, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) and intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, uses the works of self-taught artists to explore familiar, complex, and...
Putting Paul in His Place: Though Some May See Him as the Grump of the New Testament, St. Paul Is Full of Surprises
What's the connection between St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians and the second-century Roman novelist Apuleius's comedy The Golden Ass? More than you might think, says classicist Sarah Ruden in her book Paul Among the People (Image). Ruden,...
Random Acts of Chocolate: Compassion Comes Wrapped in Foil
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Every November at the first meeting for confirmation candidates and their parents in our parish, I make a speech about service. It goes something like this: "One of the best parts about preparing for confirmation is that you...
Rest Stop
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I was standing in a lake in northern Wisconsin on a vacation with friends when it first occurred to me that I wanted to have more than two children. Jacob, then 6, was practicing a shaky crawl, and Liam, then 3, was wriggling...
Ride On
This morning I got up extra early to make it to a doctor's appointment before work. When I went to check in, however, I learned that I was two days early and my appointment was scheduled for later in the week. Although I'm certain that I made the appointment...
This Means War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The dangers of war erupting this year with Iran are the greatest they've been since the hostage rescue misadventure in 1980 left eight soldiers dead in the Persian desert. Goaded by war hawks in Congress and Israel, and with...
Tunnel Vision
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Social service agencies may want to add a new background check if they receive funding from a Catholic source: The Diocese of Sacramento will no longer fund Francis House, a center that provides services for up to 25,000 people...