U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 12, December

8 Great Ways to Teach Your Young Kids about God; It Doesn't Take a Theologian to Explain the Foundations of Our Faith to the Next Generation. You-Yes, You!-Have All You Need to Get Started Now
Rex Rempel of Kirkland, Washington sat on the couch with his 2 1/2-year-old son, Sam, looking at the photographs in a copy of National Geographic magazine. He and Sam eventually flipped to a page with a large picture of an Iranian man dressed in his...
Communion: Are You Getting It? Has Receiving the Eucharist Become Rote and Boring? One Catholic Tells How He Learned to See Receiving the Body of Christ in a New Light from a Protestant Pastor and a Lady Who Hadn't Been to Church in Four Years
Sometimes we have an experience but miss the meaning. We come out of a movie and need to discuss it with friends to see what they got out of it. In sorting out our life we talk not only with friends, but maybe with a counselor, a psychiatrist, or a...
Forget Home for the Holidays: The Best Christmas Movies Challenge Our Traditional Ideas of the Holiday and Remind Us What the Birth of Christ Really Means in Our Lives
IN CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS, WHICH JUMP-STARTED the holiday movie season this year, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen play a couple of empty nesters trying to opt out of the clutter and expense of Christmas by skipping town on a cruise. Based on John...
Joy to the World! Christmas Reflections from U.S. Catholic Readers
My dad, Frank Subko, was a Christmas junky. He loved picking out the tree. He enjoyed decorating it even more. It's no secret that Dad was an icicle freak. We went through crates of silver streamers. Our trees were dripping with the stuff, and Dad...
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
For those of us in the frozen North, Christmas can bring meteorological adventures galore: mammoth blizzards, 25-degree-below-zero temperatures, roadways coated with an inch of ice. Hurricanes, however, usually do not join in the winter fun. But...
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all who were in the way of Alex, Bonnie, Charley, Danielle, Earl, Frances, Gaston, Hermine, Ivan, and Jeanne. May calmness follow these difficult winds of change for you. To Martha Stewart, more than housebound now, merry Christmas....
O Little Town of Bete Hor: "Nativity Scenes" from around the Third World
One of my most memorable Christmas Masses was 17 years ago. The midnight Mass my wife and I attended that year didn't feature a particularly moving liturgy or powerful homily; the place where the Mass was held was a drab, nondescript, all-purpose student...
Peace on Earth: In Two Stories of People Who Have Lost Hope, Alice Camille Reminds Us That Sometimes Peace on Earth Comes in Small Packages
LYING INSIDE A SLEEPING BAG ON THE FLOOR OF AN abandoned house, Matthew took another puff on his cigarette and stared out at a single star in the night sky. He could go back to church. He I could do that. It wasn't an idle thought. Not that religion...
Pregnant with Possibility: In Accepting the 2004 U.S. Catholic Award, Author Joyce Rupp Describes Her Work as a Spiritual Midwife, Laboring with Women to Give Birth to a More Balanced and Inclusive Church
What a humbling and affirming moment to be here as the recipient of this award. My special thanks to the Claretian community for their vision and their commitment. It is amazing that back in 1978, at the time of the first award, this community recognized...
Someone's Got to Give; for True Peace, the Haves of the World Must Be Willing to Share
THE OCTOBER MEETING OF THE WORLD BANK AND International Monetary Fund in Washington attracted only a forlorn handful of protesters and little notice from the rest of us. It was a poor showing on behalf of the world's poor, who these days could really...
The End of the World as We Know It: Any Dragons to Slay? Guadalupe Offers Help in Our Doomsday Scenarios
THE OTHER DAY MY FRIEND ALICIA WAS TELLING ME how sad and angry she felt when Hurricane Jeanne hit the poorest country of the Western hemisphere, Haiti, killing thousands of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Alicia, who lives in Miami,...
This Little Light of Mine: The Glowing Bulbs on Our Homes and in Our Yards Offer More Than a Bit of Christmas Cheer
MAYBE IT'S DIFFERENT FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN the neon glow of the Vegas strip or for people from New York, the city that never sleeps. But I hail from rural Wisconsin, where life--for those still in the business of farming--is marked largely by the...
When Worlds Collide: Culture Clashes Coming to a Parish near You
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW FATHER GARY RIEBE-ESTRELLA, S.V.D. When Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D. was a new priest, he had one heck of a time hearing Confessions from Mexicans and Mexican Americans in East Los Angeles. He was taught in the seminary that...
Why Don't Nuns and Brothers Receive Holy Orders?
"It's not fair!" That is the most common response I hear from adults in faith formation sessions when they find out that there is no sacrament for nuns. It seems logical to them that the profession of vows into religious life would be a sacrament....