U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 8, August

A Vision of Things to Come
Living in daily expectation of "seeing God, "Father Godfrey Diekmann, O.S.B. shares his thoughts about heaven, beauty, and deification. A legendary teacher, speaker, and preacher, Benedictine Father Godfrey Diekmann, now 93, has played a key role...
Clothe Her in Your Care
A mother stitches her dreams for her handicapped daughter into the seams of her First Communion dress. Laura was special and precious. She was severely handicapped from birth and struggled with many physical problems and mental disabilities. The...
Collateral Damage
Iraq under the sanctions Although neither is listed among the official Gulf War casualties, Iqbal Fartous and Candy Lovett are both war victims, two women who have suffered immensely as a result of the United States' decision to wage war against...
Faith Done Gone
Courts of law have been busy recently deciding where plagiarism and piracy stop and creativity and originality begin in the literary world. In this country a sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind was tied up in court earlier this year while...
Fire Alarm
Don't be afraid to draw near the holy flame of God's presence. THE FIRST THING YOU SEE IS THE WHEELCHAIR, parked awkwardly on the sidewalk in front of the bookstore. The second thing you can't help but see is the man in the chair: large, half-toothless,...
In the World but Not of It
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW FATHER MICHAEL BAXTER, C.S.C. Another long day at Andre House of Hospitality in Phoenix, 1980-something. Michael Baxter has spent the day packing boxes of food for poor families, helping to serve soup to 600 people, and cleaning...
Lucy
He didn't see the cat until the last possible second, and by then it was too late even for the usual swerve and screech of brakes, and he killed it. No question about its death; he felt the left front tire catch the creature full-on, and then the...
May the Perpetual Light Shine
In this age of self-help, what do you do when you reach the limits of the help you can give yourself? CATHOLICISM TAKES A LOT OF LUMPS FROM CRITICS, both inside and outside its ranks. Sometimes the criticism is warranted, sometimes not. Most of...
Pass It On
Experience wanted. It's the reason behind the runaway bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie and recent movies like Finding Forrester. It's also why the apostles followed after Jesus. No matter what age they live in, disciples have always sought ageless wisdom....
Pass the Psalter
All those generations of chanting monks knew the secret to spiritual serenity. Reading a psalm a day from Jesus' prayerbook is good for the modern-day soul, too. EVERY COUPLE YEARS, I DECIDE I'M GOING TO READ the entire Bible. Cover to cover. This...
Plains Speaking
America's Great Plains will never be the same. This may not be bad news. DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT, THE states of the Great Plains are either confronting the greatest demographic collapse in America's youthful history or they are beginning...
The Day I Hung Up My Tow Rope
A family "patriarch" ponders the passage of power, control, and responsibility to the next generation. It all happened so suddenly. We had reached our resort on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. All 20 of us had journeyed safely--"Gick," my wife,...
War Stories
On a recent family vacation, we made a stop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Although I wasn't too thrilled with the idea, my wife insisted on dragging all of us to the National Civil War Wax Museum. She had been very impressed with it as a kid and now...
Weapons of Spirit or Arsenal of Deceit?
Some Catholics may have thought, "Now we've heard everything," when, in the midst of his May 20 commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, President George W. Bush declared, "Any effective war on poverty must deploy what Dorothy Day called...
What Do You Get out of Mass?
What rituals make their hearts sing--and what kind of singing makes their head spin? According to many U.S. CATHOLIC readers, the Body of Christ could stand a little workout. No doubt U.S. CATHOLIC reader C. Wall of Woodstock, Illinois speaks for...
Whatever Happened to Limbo?
The car phone jangled as I was driving home on Route 41. I fumbled with the buttons. "Yes?" I said. "Jean just called from Lake Forest Hospital. The doctor told her that the baby she's carrying is dead. How quickly can you get there?" "Ten minutes,"...
Who's Working for PEACE Now?
Where have all the peaceniks gone? The Catholic peace movement in the U.S. may no longer make big headlines, but it is alive and well--continuing some of the old causes while attracting a new generation of peacemakers and pursuing new agendas. Fittingly...