U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 9, September

American Slang
AMERICAN SLANG The Gaslight Anthem (Side One Dummy, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If your idea of rock and roll requires three-chord guitars, bass and drums, and a dead-earnest sense of commitment, the last couple of decades have provided pretty...
BYO Faith: Eat, Drink, and Explore Deep Spiritual Matters with a Small Faith-Sharing Group
IT STARTED WITH CRAIGSLIST. When I moved to Madison, Wisconsin from Washington, D.C., I knew that I wanted to find a group like the one I had connected with in D.C.--a motley crew of 20- and 30-somethings that gathered every other week to share...
Don't Wait for Marriage: Waiting around to Walk Down the Aisle May Make Your Wedding Vows Harder to Keep
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT WAS THE END OF MY JUNIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE, AND I WAS considering marrying the woman of my dreams. My father questioned the wisdom of marrying so young (even though he was even younger when he married my mother), but I reassured...
Feedback
The reason young people should wait to get married is ... After the mid-20s they begin to sort out what is important in a spouse, spirituality, family, work ethic, and so forth. Father Gregory Chamberlin, 71 Evansville, Ind. If you don't...
First Comes Love ... Careers, Children, Cohabitation-This Isn't Your Parents' Path to the Altar
Emily Barnak remembers a term that one of her cousins devised years ago to refer to a common reality among young adults and their significant others: LIS. Short for "living in sin." As in, "Are you LISing?" It comes in handy at family gatherings, when...
Girl Talk
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Both in their late 20s, editors Megan Sweas and Tina Herman talk relationships from two very different stages of life: Megan: Well, I'm single. My boyfriend and I broke up, and according to "Don't wait for marriage" (pages...
Goal Keeper: David Mulcahy Doesn't Let Injustice Get Past Him-On the Soccer Field or in Sierra Leone
For David Mulcahy, faith has always inspired service. As a preteen, he accompanied his father to a shelter in downtown Atlanta, where he made sandwiches and helped prepare the shelter for the evening's guests--a sobering contradiction to his suburban...
If You're Looking for a Faith Community, You're ... in Good Company
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The day after graduating from Marquette University, Michelle Scapedanda packed her vitals into a Toyota Highlander--laundry detergent, Macbook, Nike running shoes--popped the sun roof and embarked on a 500-mile trek from Milwaukee...
iPray: No Need to Lug Volumes of Spiritual Readings Around-God's on Your Smartphone
It took me months to save up the money to buy the four leather-bound volumes of the liturgy of the hours. As the 28-year-old primary breadwinner of a family of five, the $39.99 per volume set was not a high priority in our budget. But after pinching...
Is Social Justice the Same as Socialism?
Lately there have been accusations that a church with a social justice mission is one that supports socialism. Conservative TV personality Glenn Beck told Christians, "I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church...
No Free Rides: Each One of Us Is to Blame for the Problems Brought on by BP and Friends
IN TV AND MAGAZINE ADVERTISEMENTS, THE WORLD'S LEADing petroleum and coal corporations present themselves as angelic figures, gentle (and highly moral) giants providing billions of us (and our adorable children) with increasingly clean, renewable,...
Oh, Brother: When Life Seems Unfair, Forgive Anyway
BACK IN THE PALEOLITHIC DAYS BEFORE CHILDREN were chauffeured to Mass by their parents, kids often walked to church alone or with siblings. Savvy parents afterward demanded either a parish bulletin (flimsy proof of attendance, to be sure) or the gold...
Om-Schooled: Catholics Can Take a Lesson from the Hindu Tradition of Yoga When It Comes to Praying with Body, Mind, and Spirit
Walking into the dark chapel, gothic arches soaring overhead and didactic glass staining the pews with jewel-toned light, I tried to calm my mind. Papers, classes, work, broken relationships, my future. The thoughts sparked in rapid succession, a finale-on-the-Fourth-of-July...
Problem Children: Mother Earth Can't Take Much More of Her Human Offspring's Hell-Raising
SCIENTISTS TELL US THAT, BY THEIR COUNT, THE UNIVERSE is somewhere between 13 and 14 billion years old, with the earth coming in at somewhere between 5 and 6 billion. According to traditional Jewish reckoning, on the other hand, creation is celebrating...
Toy Story 3
TOY STORY 3 Directed by Lee Unkrich (Disney/Pixar, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the third chapter of Pixar's saga about a boy's toys, the plastic and wooden playthings that fill their owner's toybox face the sad reality that their child-owner...
Traveling Mercies: Even Though He Was a Stranger in a Strange Land, Alexander Zoltai Found a Home Away from Home in Guatemala
The night was the blackest I'd ever seen: Fresh stars popped out every few seconds, the dark sky telling me it was getting late. I hated to go. I was still enjoying my cup of coffee and oranges. It seemed like we were avoiding the topic of my pending...
Union Made in China: Workers Might Have to Go Half Way around the World to Celebrate Labor Day This Year
IN THE UNITED STATES THE UNION MOVEMENT STILL endures a regular excoriation at the hands of the rightwing media any time economic issues come up in the news, but the truth is this emperor not only doesn't have any clothes, he barely has teeth. With...
Word of God, Word of Life: This Scripture Scholar Invited U.S. Catholic Readers to Crack Open the Good Book
ALEC BALDWIN AND STEVE MARTIN MAY CURRENTLY be tied in the competition for the number of times they have hosted Saturday Night Live (15 each), but in the somewhat less watched celebrity contest for the "Most Frequently Interviewed by U.S. CATHOLIC...
Words of Wisdom: Lessons about Sin and Death Are Best Paired with the Good News about Grace and Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MY NIECE IS WORRIED ABOUT THE SALVATION of her immortal soul. She is anxious about the stain of mortal sin that may be creeping across her spiritual landscape at this very moment, darkening her capacity to love and causing...