U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 5, May

A Man for All Seasons
One hundred and thirty-six years ago Henry David Thoreau died on May 6. His most famous works, Walden and Civil Disobedience, stand out both as giants of American letters and as spiritual classics. Although Thoreau espoused no formal religion, his...
As Time Goes By
June 26, 1962, was the most significant date of my young life. That was the day we celebrated my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. I was 13 years old and it was a day full of lessons I'll never forget. Consider this: in 1908, a young man...
Books Every Couple Should Read: Good Reads for Every Stage of Marriage
Dolores Curran rummages through her awn and her friends' libraries and picks good reads for every stage of marriage. Some funny things happened on the way to this article. When the editors of U.S. Catholic invited me to do a piece on books every couple...
Good Advice Is Hard to Find
A friend recently recounted a conversation he had with another man whose parents, aged 78 and 80 and married for more than 40 years, had just announced that they were getting a divorce. Shocked, my friend asked, "But why?" "Well, you know," the man...
Grounds for a Good Marriage
The church's annulment laws elicit negative images. But the picture is positive for what any marriage needs. While training to be a field advocate for the marriage tribunal of my diocese, I once heard those involved in annulment work described as "pathologists...
How Do You Pronounce Husband and Wife? A U.S. Catholic Reader Survey
We at U.S. Catholic asked a sample of our readers to tell us about the state of their unions. Among other information, we wanted to know what's working in today's successful partnerships, how the church can provide further assistance to married couples,...
How Parishes Can Help
Dee and Matt Ghiloni have firsthand knowledge of the pressures that can push couples toward divorce court. After seven years of marriage, their union was on the verge of collapse under the weight of such serious problems as infidelity and alcohol...
I'll Be There
In the book of Exodus, God said to Moses, at the birth of the nation of Israel, "I am the One who will be there with you--in my fashion." It was a promise. And everything on earth depends on God's keeping it. We are made in the image of the one whose...
Keeping Love's Promise
Remaining true to the promises we've made to one another, especially as spouses and parents, can reaffirm our belief in God's promises to us. Is there anything more sterling than fidelity, anything more uniquely and gloriously human than a promise...
Marriage: Celebrate the Courage of Love
The wedding day is just the first step and only a small part of the courageous act of marriage. Phil, could you pick up Gaga?" It was Marge Helprin on the phone. Gaga was Marge's mother and, more importantly, given what was going to happen Saturday,...
My French Whine about Family Values
All right, I know I'll never look as cool in a black turtleneck as your average European guy, and I admit that I missed out on both the British and the French New Waves, and it's true I can't even say Gitanes, much less smoke one, but at least I know...
The Funny Thing about Marriage: Fun Facts; Silly Kid Stuff; What If?
Fun Facts Most Common Terms of Endearment (in order): Honey (48%), Baby (44%), Sweetheart (41%), Dear (39%), Lover (32%), Darling (31%), Sugar (24%), Angel (20%), Pumpkin (13%), Beautiful (6%). Most Requested Wedding Songs 1. "Have I Told...
Vatican Urges Repentance for Sins of Omission
In a landmark document that was 11 years in the making, the Vatican expressed deep regret for the errors and failures of Catholics who did not do enough to resist the mass killings of Jews during World War II or to help the persecuted Jews. The document,...
Wedding Daze
My husband and I make every attempt to raise our strong-willed and athletic 13-year-old daughter without regard to stereotypes of gender. Imagine, then, my shock to discover that she is already planning her wedding. Last week, as she and I were preparing...
What Every Marriage Needs
A newspaper columnist puts it well: "We promise to work to stay together not because we think things between us will never change, but because we know they will." In July of 1999, a crowd of marriage-improvement gurus will make a pilgrimage to the...