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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 2, February

A Nod to Kneeling
IT WASN'T UNTIL I COULD NO LONGER kneel that I began to savor the lovely simplicity of this ancient act, and guess at its provenance, and savor its humility, and notice it not only in Mass but in many other aspects of life--proposing marriage, laboring...
Are You Ready for the Plagues?
With The Prince of Egypt showing that the story of Moses can be molded into an animated feature, kids will surely walk away from the film entertained. Adults, however, may leave theaters wondering what this Old Testament God might do next, and to whom....
Catholic Tastes
Malefactor tu es, Grinche! If you want your child to have a successful career in the church bureaucracy, he'll need to know Latin. So start early and give junior an edge in the race for a bishop's see (or at least a desk in a curial dicastery):...
God `N' Plenty
The day I read the first page of my high-school economics text was a turning point in my life. Scarcity, a new term for me, stunned me. The scholarly authors said it means that we are always competing against everyone else because the world doesn't...
Hopelessly Devoted to Jude
WE CATHOLICS, THANK GOD, HAVE our stories. Many wonderful stories. We have Old Testament stories that we share with Jews and other Christians: Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, David, Esther, Ruth, and, perhaps especially, Job. ...
How Change Can Do Us Good
In her recent book, Images for Change: The Transformation of Society (Paulist Press, 1997), Rosemary Luling Haughton observes that people need change and adaptability as well as continuity and stability. But unfortunately at this point in history,...
Jesus Makes the Perfect Host
A recent classroom interchange at Catholic university, in a history class on American Catholicism: Student: Interesting you should bring up Communion today. I just had a long argument with my parents about it. Professor: What was the argument? Student:...
Learn into Lent
Can holiness to be found in the midst of archery lessons, horseback riding, and softball games? A youthful summer adventure taught the author a lesson he remembers every Lent. The point of Lent is to change. We alter behaviors in order to jumpstart...
Let's Welcome Back Married Priests
A PREMISE IS A POWERFUL THING. LOGIC DEPENDS on the ability to move from a premise to a conclusion based on the premise. Good premises make for sound conclusions. Ill-formed premises can lead to unintended conclusions. One time-honored premise--that...
REST ASSURED: The Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick The sacrament of Anointing offers a powerful moment of grace in which we can experience and express our love for each other and are assured of God's love for us. Fourth in a series by John Shea on the spirituality of the...
There Is a Lot to Be Said for Less
The Golden Calf of consumerism demands worship. But, tapping into the wisdom of our faith, noted author Dolores Curran calls us to resist the pull of possessions and the allure of the mall. Adjacent cars parked outside a supermarket boasted an intriguing...
Watch Your Speed
Working with special-needs children prompts this writer to wonder. What are we rushing toward? What are we rushing from? Every year, the school I run in India for children with mental disabilities puts out a wall calendar. We sell it all over the...
When the Pope Sits Down and Writes Us a Letter
A few months ago Pope John Paul II published his latest encyclical letter, Fides et ratio (Faith and Reason). It's his 13th letter of his 20-year papacy. Twelve years in the making, this encyclical is a lengthy letter. The publication of an encyclical,...
When the Prosecution Is the Crime
HERE'S HOPING THAT BY THE TIME you read this, the nation's unfortunate juridical foray into Bill Clinton's unorthodox Oval Office policymaking sessions will finally be over--for better or worse. By now the question of President Clinton's impeachment...
You May Be Right
The Creed is worth saying--slowly WHAT A GREAT article by R. Scott Appleby in the December issue ("The Creed: Do you believe what you just said?"). Appleby, by reviewing the questions faced by the church in those early years, has revealed to us...