U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 10, October

Asleep at the Remote: The Matrix Sequels Are Only the Most Recent in a Long Line of Terrifying Technology Movies. Can They Serve as a Prophetic Wake-Up Call to Help Us Unplug from Today's Mind-Numbing Infotainment?
THE MEN IN BLACK SUNGLASSES ARE BACK THIS summer and fall in three blockbusters, packing enough apocalyptic mayhem to keep movie fans everywhere as happy as cocooning couch potatoes with a universal remote, In The Matrix (both Reloaded and Revolutions)...
Cry Aloud to God
Every time Mary Borner goes to church at St. Thecla Parish in Chicago she pictures her husband's casket going down the aisle. She and Jack had been married 40 years when he died two years ago. Friends suggest she switch parishes, but Borner prefers...
Gambling with the Future: America's Political Orthodoxy Demands a Free Market for Everything except New Ideas
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GOOD, CLEAN PROFIT-TAKING WAS ruined last July by the biased left-wing media when it reported on the impending opening of the Policy Analysis Market, essentially a futures market on terror. PAM's opening bell was supposed to have...
Historical Perspectives
Every morning at 7:25 my junior year of high school I reported to U.S. history class with Mrs. Gaines. She stands out among all my teachers--not because she was the nicest or the most fun. Quite the opposite, actually. Mrs. Gaines was the toughest,...
How Is the Sunday Homily Prepared?
"That sermon was fabuloso, Deacon," Mr. Martinez told Deacon Ed at the door of San Felipe Church where they had just celebrated Sunday Mass. "All that stuff seems to come right off the top of your head." Ed smiled and thanked the man, pleased that...
Matrix Myths
The mega-blockbuster movie trilogy of The Matrix has kept people busy dissecting and interpreting its debt to an eclectic mix of religions, spiritualities myths, and philosophies. It has spawned articles in the Journal of Religion and Film as well...
Pass It On: A Jar Full of Soup or Some Microwaved Chicken May Be the Best Help for a Grieving Person
Earlier this week I impulsively phoned Polly, a kindhearted, no-nonsense woman old enough to be my mother. Except at church, I hadn't talked with her since saying good night at her front door one evening last winter. Her husband had been in intensive...
Past Imperfect: A Woman Finds Healing and a New Path to God with the Help of an Unlikely Guide
"Sounds like you should talk to a priest." Talk to. A priest. Four words that had not occurred next to each other in my vocabulary for almost 30 years. Here was my own therapist--an ordained Baptist minister, for crying out loud, and an otherwise...
Paws for Meditation: If You Ask Fido, "Why Did God Make You?" He Probably Won't Respond with the Baltimore Catechism Answer, but He May Just Show You How to Reflect on the Wonder of God's Creation
Dulcinea is a real seeker of the mysteries. In fact, in the first few weeks she lived with me, she consumed a book of daily scripture reflection (cover to cover!), tore pages out of my Bible, chewed the ends off a wooden cross, and even absconded with...
Seeing Is Believing: In Our Quest for the Wholeness That Only Christ Can Give, a Blind Beggar Leads the Way
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF JESUS SHOWED up at your door today and made you whole? It's not a question most of us are prepared to answer because, despite all of our churchgoing and creed-saying, most of us don't expect to encounter Jesus anytime soon. This...
Shining a Light on the New Mysteries: The Pope's New "Luminous Mysteries" for the Rosary Have Special Significance in These Dark Times of Terrorism and War
We live in dark times, as terrorists and soldiers arm themselves with weapons of mass destruction. Last year, as the world reached the brink of yet another war, Pope John Paul II startled the church by proclaiming an additional set of five mysteries...
Spirituality Cafe
"I NEVER knew how to worship until I knew how to love." (Preacher Henry Ward Beecher in Trumpets of Jubilee; Harcourt, 1927) STAYING ALIVE "In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date...
Take Prayer into Your Own Hands: The Rosary's Manual Prayer Has Been Passed Down by Generations of Working-Class Women
WHEN MY FATHER WAS DYING OF CANCER, my mother said the rosary before bed, and if it was a particularly exhausting day caring for him at borne, she fell asleep with the wooden beads between her fingers. Some weeks after his death, while cleaning...
The Luciani Legacy
Albino Luciani? The name is vaguely familiar. Perhaps a trendy Italian fashion designer, an upscale restaurateur, or one of those Grand Prix race-car drivers. Actually, Luciani's "15 minutes of fame" lasted 34 days. He was elected the 262nd pope...
Thou Dost Protest Too Much! When Jesus Talked about Peace, He Never Mentioned Picket Signs or Sit-Ins. in Fact, Protests Only Further Entrench and Divide People, Argues One Former Protester. Instead, He Suggests Some Tried-and-True Spiritual Disciplines for Peacemaking
THE BEATITUDES HAVE been described as a character sketch of Jesus and his followers. That means that all those "blesseds" are not just goals to shoot for. They are part of our job description as Christians. We are all called to be peacemakers (Matt....
To Form a More Perfect Union
Give me liberty, or give me Catholicism. Should Americans have to choose? In his recent book, In Search of an American Catholicism (Oxford University Press, 2002), historian Jay P. Dolan tells us democracy in the church wasn't born yesterday. The democratic...
Wily as Serpents and Simple as Doves: Let's Listen to Our Older Sisters. What We Can Learn from the Bold Actions of Three
I NEVER DREAMT A DAY SPENT IN COURT COULD BE A BLESSING. But it was. I had gone to the Denver Federal Court for the sentencing of Carol Gilbert, Ardeth Platte, and Jackie Hudson--the three Plowshares sisters convicted of sabotage for their symbolic...