U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 12, December

Access for the Disabled Begins in the Heart
Most congregations try to be hospitable and welcoming, but the barriers that exclude adults and children with disabilities from full participation may not be easily understood or identified. While adding ramps, opening up pews, creating accessible...
Concerning Taste
De gustibus non est disputandum. (Concerning taste there can be no dispute.) --Latin proverb, anonymous I burst through the door carrying chill wind and treasure in a scuffed plaid school bag. It is November, afternoon, after school, 1965. Down...
Everyone Makes the Scene
PERHAPS NO TRADITION FILLS US WITH AS many pleasant memories as the Christmas nativity scene. Times of wonder and joy come alive when we remember the details of shepherds and kings, oxen and hay, Joseph and Mary, all gathered around the infant lying...
Hang Your Stockings with Care
I've been trying to come up with an appropriate Christmas moral for my column this December, but "don't drink bad eggnog" doesn't seem profound enough--even for me. My Christmas-pasts fall into the excessive category, so I don't feel qualified to use...
How U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Celebrate Christmas
Q: What was the best way you ever spent Advent? In countless ways, shapes, and forms, prayer has been at the center of how U.S. CATHOLIC readers have celebrated their best Advents. Sometimes it was prayer practiced at home, with the whole family...
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Merry Christmas to the Catholic world's most exclusive electorate, the college of cardinals, and to the Church of the Latter Day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles--two of the world's last elite men's clubs; to the Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth II,...
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
The Season of Advent is an Orphan in the church liturgical year. Easter, Christmas, and Pentecost are the star-power celebrations as are, depending on the geographic location, feasts such as Saint Patrick's and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Lent, of course,...
Salvation at the Cineplex
Two of the past year's top grossing films are transformative tales with main characters challenged again and again: first to survive, and then to live up to sacrifices made in their honor. Both Titanic and Saving Private Ryan show that the triumph...
The Best Christmas Gift I Ever Received Was:
* When I was 7 years old, I got a box of 104 Crayola crayons. I don't know why, but I just remember being so happy about that gift. Perhaps it was because it gave free rein to my imagination." (Terri Ring of Cary, N.C.) * When I was in the second...
The Creed
Do you believe what you just said? Christians have argued and agonized, fought and died over the timeworn phrases we call the Nicene Creed. Why? Noted church historian R. Scott Appleby explains why Catholics should give credence to the Creed. ...
Worship by the Sweat of Your Brow
Do Catholic churches have to be saunas? Their lack of creature comforts has one churchgoer pretty steamed up. Some early council of bishops must have decreed that Catholic churches have to be the most uncomfortable places in town. Is there anywhere...