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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 9, September

Another America: A Look at 'Poverty Homesteading' in New Mexico
You cross over from Interstate 10 into the colonia Las Palmeras with a thump as the van lurches off the paved highway and hits-a dried-up drain age trench that marks this community's dusty border. It's a trench that sometimes fill with irrigation...
Chef's Special: When a Good Meal Is Prepared and Shared, Not Just the Pot That Gets Stirred
I REMEMBER AS A SMALL CHILD GETTING UP AT DAWN WITH MY SITTO, MY grandmother, to mix the dough for a day of baking Lebanese bread. The ritual took place regularly, with me hovering over the huge bowl as she incorporated the ingredients, then kneaded...
Church Ladies: Scratching the Stained-Glass Ceiling, an Increasing Number of Women Hold Leadership Positions in the Church. A Look at the Gifts They Bring and the Challenges They Face
It is lunchtime on a Thursday, and Sharon Daly, vice president for social policy at Catholic Charities USA, talks hurriedly on her cell phone, the buzzing chaos of Washington's Union Station in the background. Daly, the first woman to occupy this position,...
Don't Pink-Slip the 40-Hour Week: Workers Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Weekends
TIRED AFTER A 12-HOUR DAY SEWING SHIRTS IN A steamy Lower East Side sweatshop? Trudging miserably to that Saturday shift picking Mr. Peabody's coal? You're not? You know why? Because for a century and a half, previous generations of American workers...
Don't Read This!
The last week in September--Banned Books Week--celebrates the freedom to read. Various associations of libraries, booksellers, and publishers sponsor this weeklong commemoration to promote the free exchange of ideas and to oppose censorship. Not surprisingly,...
Equality Control: A Catholic Perspective on Affirmative Action in the Wake of the Recent Supreme Court Decisions
Once again this summer, the practice of affirmative action has stepped into. the forefront of our national consciousness. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark decisions on the use of race in admissions to public colleges and professional...
Feedback
Q: I'm glad I chose single-gender education for myself or my family because ... Boys and girls mature at different rates. As the mother of boys attending a boys' high school, I am pleased that they didn't face the pressure to mature too quickly....
Good Job! despite All Our Griping about Work, Deep Down Most of Us Know It's Not Only Good but Holy
HISTORICALLY, LABOR DAY IS A CELEBRATION OF THE efforts of unions to win fair wages and decent conditions for the working people of America. But there's another, deeper reason for the holiday--to celebrate each of us as workers. It's a day that we...
Honor among Thieves: Maybe Those Shady Characters in Heist Movies Can Actually Teach Us a Thing or Two about Cooperation and a Just Society
HE FIRST NARRATIVE FILM EVER MADE WAS A heist movie. One hundred years ago Edwin Porter shot The Great Train Robbery, and ever since caper films have been runaway hits. This summer alone we've seen Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton play cat and mouse...
Is the Mass Still a Sacrifice?
It's in there. At Mass Catholics pray to God to "look with favor on your church's offering and see the victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself.... Calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salvation ... we offer you in thanksgiving...
Lift High the Cross: The Cross Is Everywhere, from Rearview Mirrors to Gravestones, Even Tattoos. Its Presence Reminds Us of Suffering and Tragedy, but Most of All Triumph
CAN YOU SEE A CROSS FROM WHERE YOU'RE SITting? If you happen to be reading this on Catholic property--say, a church, rectory, convent, school, retreat center, or hospital--it's fairly certain that you can. Traditionally, Catholic households have also...
Make Room for Silence: Let's Rediscover Our Traditions of Silence, Contemplation, and Sitting Alone in the Dark
"DON'T THEY EVER SHUT UP?" I THOUGHT WHO knew religion could be so noisy? Returning after a long absence from Catholicism and years of Zen practice, I didn't know what to make of all the racket. We read out loud, we prayed out loud, we sang, we...
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and ... Thomas? the Editors Interview Elaine Pagels
After Elaine Pagels' young son died of a rare lung disease, and later when her husband was killed in a climbing accident in the Rockies, friends would often comment that her faith must be a real help in her grief. It was. Pagels was able to find hope...
Soul Food
My father's mother, Nabeha, was only 49 when she died in 1951, leaving behind six children and a husband. The task fell to her daughter, my Aunt Hilda, to take over her mother's kitchen and make sure everyone was fed in the same manner to which they...
Three Cheers for a School Their Own: Long a Part of the Catholic Educational Tradition, Single-Gender Schools Are Receiving Renewed Attention for Their Success Especially with Young Women. This Catholic Educator Argues They Should Continue to Be an Option
IMAGES OF POWERFUL WOMEN FILL EACH DAY'S NEWS, from National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice standing close to President Bush in the Oval Office to Mia Hamm's latest exploits on the professional soccer field and the heroic last images of astronauts...
Unionized Parish Workers Fired in Texas
The June 18 firing of four parish workers who belong to what is thought to be one of the first unionized parish staffs in the U.S. Catholic Church sparked massive protests by parishioners in McAllen, Texas and caught the attention of labor activists...