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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 3, March

Ash Wednesday Makes Its Mark
It's the one day of the year when you know who believes what you believe. ASH WEDNESDAY IS BECOMING A VERY POPULAR feast day, perhaps more important to some people than Holy Days of Obligation. At Marquette University, where I teach, Ash Wednesday...
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Catholic Tastes
PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE If you think church politics at this turn of the millennium may have gotten out of hand--too much polarization, too much name-calling and infighting--think again. The millennium edition of Harper's Index featured this entry from...
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Come Back to Me with All Your Heart
A year ago last February I arose at the unlikely hour of 3:30 a.m. to join Trappistine nuns for Vigils, their first common prayer of the day. Before entering the dimly lit chapel, I stood on a windy bluff, high above the Mississippi in the sharp cold,...
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DON'T GIVE UP Suffering FOR LENT
Latino spirituality and rituals help bring a message to a world obsessed with avoiding pain: Suffering and struggle are part of daily life. There was a statue in my home that I remember, as a child, being both curious and frightened of. My family...
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HEALING Body and Soul
Parish nurses are just what the doctor ordered. Kathy Copak gives flu shots, organizes support groups, visits the homebound, takes blood pressures, assesses people's health, and refers people to health care professionals or social service agencies...
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If This Were My Last Lent
How would you make this Lent be a Lent like no other? For Father George Szews, it means giving up some things that are a lot more tempting than candy. THE TITLE CAUGHT MY EYE, "YOUR LAST LENT." OH, I thought to myself, there is somebody trying to...
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Keep Your Eyes to Yourself
Do inquiring minds really need to know? Shouldn't Jerry Springer's guests have a private life and Julia Roberts have a life of her own? Patrick McCormick finds that prying into the privacy of others uncovers less about them and more about us. vo...
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LORD Hear Our Complaints
It's easy to fall into spiritual whining as a form of prayer, but it shouldn't become a substitute for action or acceptance. Wisdom sometimes springs from the most unlikely source. The following, for example. An book of cowboy wisdom quotes an 1880s...
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McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES
?? The End of the Affair (Columbia Pictures, 1999). As in so many of Graham Greene's best stories, Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes) is a man on the edge of betrayal, and the Judas kiss he is about to deliver is, he believes, in payment for the most...
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No More Mr. Nice Guy
Nobody knew violence better than Jesus--including when to use it. VIOLENCE never solves anything. I don't know where I heard this first-from my mother, tired of untangling her daughters from brawls over toys, or from church or from Mr. Cleaver on...
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Odds & Ends
Just three days into this millennium, Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts, called it quits. His last strip, appearing January 3, 2000, reads in part, "Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy... how can I ever forget them?" We won't forget them either....
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The Church Is Failing Sex Ed
Young people need more than just moral "don'ts" about sex. Family therapist Michael Gurian says churches must be willing to engage the tough questions. "Every young person is called to be holy." --Father John Sanders, St. Augustine High School,...
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The Drug War Is Only a Hallucination
While Robert E. Burns recuperates from recent surgery, we are running an "REB classic." This column first appeared in June 1990. Sadly, the topic remains very timely. FOR A WHILE IT WAS A SCENE THAT POPPED UP FREquently on the evening news. A number...
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To End the Death Penalty
After an exhaustive study of the "collective wisdom and moral insights" of Judaism and Roman Catholicism, the National Jewish/Catholic Consultation (NJ/CC) has issued a new joint statement calling for an end to the death penalty. "Pope John Paul...
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War by Another Name
Can the humanitarian crisis in Iraq help establish "just sanctions" principles? BEFORE THE GULF WAR BROKE OUT IN JANUARY 1991, many urged that political and economic sanctions, rather than stealth bombers, be deployed to drive Saddam Hussein out...
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Where the Action Is
For a handful of generations the names Jack Egan and Peggy Roach are synonymous with Catholic social action. Both individually and as a team, Egan and Roach have been at or near the center of just about every major social movement of this century,...
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Wherever TWO or THREE THOUSAND Are Gathered
How faith-based community organizing makes a world of difference The 1,200 people who packed Olivet Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side on a chilly Monday evening last December were assured by the event's organizers that the meeting would begin...
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