U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 10, October

A Mother's Veggie Tale: It's Hard Enough to Feed Your Children Well, Especially When They Feel Called to Fast
I HANDED THE MAGAZINE AD TO MY HUSBAND WITH A grin as we sat in the dentist's office waiting for our 12-year-old daughter. The page featured six luscious slices of roast beef, perfectly cooked. The slogan read, "We love vegetarians. More for us." My...
Close Encounters: In Our First Mini-Essay Contest, U.S. Catholic Readers Find Many Presences of Christ at Mass in Many Ways, Expected and Unexpected
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For more than 40 years, U.S. CATHOLIC has been proud to host the conversations of American Catholics. In our signature Sounding Board and Reader Survey departments and in the lively letters to the editor in You May Be Right,...
Conversation Starters
When I was a junior editor at U.S. CATHOLIC many moons ago, I was put to work editing the responses of readers to our regular Sounding Board department. My boss, Ann Wolf, thought that reading hundreds of comments from our readers each month would...
Cracking the Code: Rights in the Church? You Bet. the Code of Canon Law Outlines Dozens. We Just Need to Learn to Exercise Them, This Canon Lawyers Says
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An interview with Father Ladislas Orsy, S.J. Though some may think of canon law as the "dark side of the Good News" or a labyrinth of rules that affects laypeople only when they want to get married or have a child baptized,...
Cracks in the System: Deferring Infrastructure Maintenance for War Spending Builds a Bridge to Nowhere
AFTER WATCHING COVERAGE OF THE MINNEAPOLIS-St. Paul I-35W bridge collapse, Anita Dancs was shocked by the terrible spectacle and dreading the outcome of the search for survivors. Yet her next thought may not have been one that immediately sprang to...
How Green Is Your Faith? We Should Honor God the Father by Caring for Our Mother Earth
A RECENT DISPUTE AMONG CHRISTIANS BROUGHT THE gospel to the front page once again in August. At issue, according to the Associated Press, was the International Bible Society-Send the Light's plan to have the New Testament delivered with the Sunday...
Madre Mia: Although the First Marian Apparition in History Might Seem Unbelievable, for Millions of Spaniards and Other Catholics, It Has Become a Pillar of Their Faith
IT IS WITH SOME EMBARRASSMENT AND FEAR THAT I write this. I feel like a sixth-grader whose parents have discovered the love notes he has written to his girlfriend. And I am afraid I might be labeled an old-fashioned, stodgy Catholic. Yet, behind my...
Neon Bible
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NEON BIBLE Arcade Fire (Merge Records, 2007) "If you've ever been to a Catholic service, it's practically a laser light show" Arcade Fire front man Win Butler told Pitchfork Media in March. "It's very dramatic, very theatrical....
Recipe for a Hungry Planet: Feeling Helpless about Starving Children in Asia or Even Next Door? If You're Looking for Ways to Put Food on Your Neighbor's Tables, These Five Practical Suggestions Are a
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Facts are facts: There is enough food in the world to feed the world. So why do 1 billion still go hungry? Why do 30,000 the every day of starvation? And why does the number of hungry people rise at a rate of 5 million per...
Say a Little Prayer for Me: If You're Struggling to Talk to God, Make Use of the Friends Who Can Hold You Up
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] YEARS AGO I LISTENED TO A FRIEND SPEAK EARNESTLY about her prayer practices. She talked about the time of day at which she normally prays and the place in her home set aside for this purpose. She told me about the manner of...
Sicko
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SICKO Directed by Michael Moore (Dog Eat Dog Films, 2007) After skewering General Motors (Roger and Me), the National Rifle Association (Bowling for Columbine), and the war in Iraq (Fahrenheit 9/11), Michael Moore has decided...
Voice Coach: Sor Maria of Agreda Learned to Embrace Her Voice despite Censure. Her Story Encourages Us to Seek Silence to Find and Fulfill Our Own Callings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MY MENTOR IS A 17TH-CENTURY mystic, a cloistered abbess in an old-world convent tucked into the mountains of northeastern Spain. I discovered Sor Maria of Agreda (16021665) after battling severe burnout from 15 years as...
Which Priests or Bishops Get What Titles?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I was a cub reporter, I quickly learned the first rule of journalism: Make sure to spell people's names correctly. When I came to the Catholic press, I was taught its corollary: Be careful to get clergy titles right,...
Who's the Boss? the Priest Shortage Is Generating Some Creative Solutions to Parish Staffing, but They Require a Little Flexibility and a Healthy Sense of Humor on the Part of Everyone Involved
When I was just a priestling growing up in seminary, I figured that if I were good and didn't get my name in the papers too much, one day I'd be a pastor in a parish with, oh, let's say two priests. Turns out that by the time I got enough credentials...
Young at Heart: Little Kids and Those of the Older Set Find Comfort in Each Other's Company at an Intergenerational Center
At age 3, Annie was everyone's darling, an outgoing little imp who amused the elderly clients at the fledgling day services facility with her songs, dances, and endless prattle. The daughter of a staff member there, she was short on inhibitions, known...
You've Gotta Serve Somebody: Jesus Put Service in the Spotlight 2,000 Years Ago, and Hollywood's Stars Still Practice the Virtue, Toiling Away in Kitchens on the Big Screen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DA VINCI CODE KICKED UP AN INTERNATIONAL ruckus by claiming Leonardo had placed a woman next to Jesus in his painting of the Last Supper--a woman the church had supposedly trained us to ignore. But more troubling for me...