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Articles from Vol. 74, No. 10, October

A Good Talking-To: Kids Say the Darnedest Things, So Give Them the Proper Communication Skills
I KNOW I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO PLAY FAVORITES WITH THE PARTS of the Mass, but I do. I most look forward to the homily and too often regard the first reading, psalm response, and various beautiful prayers as transitional parts of the Mass that propel me...
Are We Being Greenwashed? Your Eco-Friendly Water Bottle and Organic Shoes Might Have More of an Impact on Mother Earth Than You Think
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACCORDING TO DANIEL GOLEMAN, IT'S NOT EASY BEING green, or at least it's not as easy buying green as a lot of product labels would indicate. In Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change...
Book Marked: From Nursery Rhymes to Fantasy Anthologies, Fill Your Shelves with Stories to Raise Your Children By
Several years ago I stood in a long line at the airport behind a mother and her kindergarteners as we inched toward security. I was headed to Boston to meet with my editor about a book I was writing, and I was beginning to nurture a seed of doubt in...
Curtain Call
Here's what I know after 20 years at this place, now that I am on the verge of moving onward and elsewhere (though my pen will remain active in these pages). I know that there are a lot of things I don't know about people, my faith, living in the USA....
Death Comes for the Book Club: With So Many "Catholic" Writers to Choose from, Your Parish Book List Might Require Some Heavy Lifting
The St. Francis de Sales Parish Book Club meets in the basement room in the rectory where Father Matthias used to run the parish weight-lifting club, until he was recruited by the local Lutheran university football team to be their strength and conditioning...
Don't Be Scared of Halloween: There's No Reason to Be Afraid of the Ghouls and Goblins Roaming the Neighborhood on All Hallows' Eve. They're Just Participating in an Ancient-And Catholic-Holiday
HALLOWEEN: WHAT A GREAT HOLIDAY! IT beats the heck out of Arbor Day ways to Sunday. Around this time every year, I'm asked by Christian parents about the appropriateness of their children dressing up as Spiderman or cowboys or fairy princesses. ...
Humble Piety: The Road to Sainthood Is Difficult, but Newly Canonized Jeanne Jugan Knew That Patience Would Bring Otherworldly Success
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS I HAVE BEEN A FRIEND TO an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, "Here's my chance to be...
Marriage of Convenience: Catholics Should Find a Way to Welcome Couples Whose Paths to the Altar Don't Go Straight Down the Center Aisle
FULL DISCLOSURE: I HATE WEDDINGS. DON'T GET ME wrong. I think marriage is great, but the actual celebration for me is generally a nails-on-chalkboard experience. Whether it's the cast of color-coordinated thousands, the infants (and pets) in wagons...
Return to Center: If You're Bogged Down by a Busy Modern Lifestyle, the Ancient Rule of St. Benedict Still Offers a Path Home
Esther de Waal pioneered the application of monastic spirituality to everyday life with her 1985 book, Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict (Liturgical Press). "I hadn't, at that point, met any monastics," she says. "If I had met real live monks,...
Street Saints: The Map of the City of Angels Is a Veritable Litany of the Saints
Nine years ago I had a sort of "asphalt epiphany." It wasn't on the "road to Damascus," but on the streets of Los Angeles, my hometown. After walking, riding buses, and driving through this sprawling city for more than 20 years, R occurred to me...
The Good Book Reviewed: From Politicians to Poets, the Bible Has Its Fair Share of Admirers and Critics
"ANOTHER CENTURY AND THERE WILL not be a Bible on earth!" So predicted 18th-century French philosopher Voltaire. History proved him wrong. Corrie Ten Boom, the Dutch Holocaust hero, later noted that Voltaire's house now serves as a distribution center...
What Are the Synoptic Gospels?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You may have listened to a gospel story, and, while it sounded familiar, you could have sworn you heard it differently before. Perhaps there was a detail you had never noticed. Or maybe the whole story, while recognizable,...
You Want Fries with That? Fast Food Has Meant a Slow Death for Thousands. Why Aren't We Doing More about It?
IF YOU KNEW OF AN OBVIOUS PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD THAT contributed to the deaths of 300,000 Americans every year--people often left to die a slow, painful, even gruesome death from heart disease and diabetes--wouldn't you expect your government to do...