U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 11, November

A Graceful Man: Andre Dubus, 1936-1999
HE DIED LAST winter, his heart failing him at home on a hill above , Massachusetts Merrimack River, and his death at age 62 robbed this nation of its finest Catholic writer. No one since Flannery O'Connor wrote with such grace and honesty of the power...
A New Prescription of Principles
Despite the wealth of Catholic teaching on the dignity of work and the rights of workers, Catholic health care--in many communities a major economic player--has not been immune from past and continuing labor-management conflicts. Exacerbating the wounds...
A Saint by Any Other Name
A modest proposal to gently edit the calendar of feast days It was during Mass on the Feast of the Annunciation this year that the dull stodginess of the religious calendar hit me foursquare. Here was one of the most poignant, revealing, and personal...
Catholic Tastes
EPIPHANY OF SUPER-MIKE British journalist Paul Vallely recounts a recent visit up the 3,000 steps of Mount Sinai, which, according to legend, were cut by a single Byzantine monk in the fifth century as an act of penance. "Pilgrims and tourists jostle...
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: A Closer Look at the Communion of Saints
The communion of saints is more than Saint Francis and the rest of the canonized saints, and more than your dear old dead Aunt Haddie and all the faithful departed. Want to know who's in that number? Start by looking in the mirror. Coming across...
Corporal Works of Mercy: How Catholics Find Creative Ways to Make the Word Flesh
FOOD SERVICE Matthew 25:35 says, "For I was hungry and you gave me food. "In the final installment of a series on the corporal works of mercy, U.S. CATHOLIC looks at how modern Christians feed the hungry. Anyone at all familiar with scripture...
Hold the Hormones
What do the French know about food anyway? PITY LE PAUVRE GRAND MAC. WHENEVER THE UNITED States and some fretful foreigners get into a spat, you can bet that somewhere a McDonald's restaurant is going to suffer some sort of indignity. As the imagined...
How Latina Writers Make Sense of Two Worlds
"Immigration has reinvented her and she is grateful ... she welcomes her adopted language, its possibilities for reinvention." --Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban There are places one can never leave even if one has never been there. There are...
Is It News or Noise?
There's more information available than ever before, but how much is true and accurate? HOW IRONIC IT IS THAT AT A TIME THE AMERICAN people are saturated with information--mainstream television news, round-the-clock cable broadcasts, the old reliable...
Letters
Give us a (new) sign, Lord Our parishes need to be focused on the mission of the church in the world and how laity and clergy can work together to accomplish it. I especially enjoyed the article "Your mission, should you choose to accept it"...
Looking for Grace in All the Write Places
From Flannery O'Connor to Ron Hansen, Catholic writers have crafted their own literary tradition by delighting and enlightening readers. Patrick McCormick picks the best of the best. WHEN ASKED ABOUT "GROWING UP CATHOLIC," most of us point immediately...
Natural Wonders
Paradox is not something writer Annie Dillard shies away from; it is, in fact, at the heart of how she engages "the greatest subjects on earth" In a voice as tough--and as endearing--as the challenges she poses to her readers, Dillard talks here about...
Odds & Ends
His dad said that our work "will not be finished in the first hundred days." Now--a hundred days after the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Jr.; his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy; and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette--his father's words ring true. The words...
Poppies
he dreams he is in Laos, as he was once, long ago. He dreams he lies in his own-made grave, leaves covering his face, his pants wet with urine. He dreams he cannot move; the dirt that covers him is alive with tiny roots, those translucent, hairy fimbriae...
Saints Alive!
Praying for the living and the dead narrows the gap between heaven and earth. IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS WANING CENTURY, WHEN THE church at least seemed more organized, an inquiring Catholic could draw an organizational chart of the various folks...
When the Walls Go Tumbling Up
THE NIGHT THE people of Berlin tore through their infamous wall, I was rejoicing with a friend in Poland who had been building walls, the walls of his new home. As East and West Berlin were reunited, my friend finished the wiring in his house and for...
You Should Show Up for Your Own Funeral
Something critical is missing from today's tidy little "memorial services" and closed-casket rituals--a dead body, for starters, notes funeral director Thomas Lynch. The Christian faithful are unequivocally confronted by the mystery of life and...