U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 8, August

All in All We Need Another Breach in the Wall
It was toward the end of a Sunday liturgy that I first heard the phrase "Eucharist without walls." Within the walls of St. Benedict's Abbey, tucked into the southeast corner of Wisconsin, Father Kevin Murphy, O.S.B. made mention of this pastoral letter...
Does Your Prayer Have a Prayer?
When I first engaged with Christian groups in Oxford, I was both titillated and shocked by their additions to petitionary prayer. Individuals asked Saint Jude and Saint Anthony to get them through exams or find lost earrings. God was constantly presented...
Faith Made in China
A back door in a back alley, a gray gate under gray skies. The Chinese characters on the tin mailbox are the only sign of the man we've come to see. This housing project on Beijing Street in Kunming, capital of the province of Yunnan, is not exactly...
How Can I Forgive the Unforgivable?
"Put your hands into my wounds," said the risen Jesus to Thomas, "and you will know who I am." The wounds of Christ are his identity. They tell us who he is. He did not lose them. They went down into the grave with him and they came up with him--visible,...
Keep in Touch with Your Faith
Every Sunday after mass, I pat Jesus' big toe. Let me hasten to explain that Jesus is made of wood. Like the little boy who preferred his mother over prayer to shield him against things that go bump in the night, I too, prefer "God with the skin on."...
Of Dust
"Here she comes. Lucy hollered from the kitchen window. Just like her, Rosemary grumbled inwardly, as she surveyed the faded yellow walls. Just like that girl--mussing the curtains, smearing the vinegar-cleaned panes. Leaving the tea kettle on...
Pull the Plug on the Death Penalty
It's a puzzle: not only does opinion poll after opinion poll in the United States show overwhelming support for capital punishment, they show no appreciable difference in the degree of blood lust among religious believers--including Catholics--compared...
The Importance of Being Sorry
How do we forgive ourselves and others? Take a page from the fourth-century desert monks and start with compunction--true sorrow for sin. For those of us old enough to remember, the phrase "love means never having to say you're sorry" produces a...
The Taming of the True
Showing a cultured regard for great literary works, Hollywood studios like to undertake a classic now and then. But as directors struggle to make these films seem anything like a lit assignment, culture columnist Patrick McCormick says that trimming...
Waterworks
In July of 1992, on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, I sat a stone's throw from the sculpture of Jesus and the Samaritan woman located not far from the football stadium. Jesus and the woman were conversing at Jacob's well. In the...
Welfare Reform Reaches the Terrible Twos
I don't know how many other people were as relieved as I was two years ago this month when President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act into law. Finally, something was going to be done about those lazy...