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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 5, May

A Failure of the Imagination: What Are We to Do in This Time of War? Pray without Ceasing, and Love with All Our Might. (the Examined Life)
THE WORDS SWIRL AND BATTER AND HAMMER THE bruised air: disarm, force, confrontation, consequences, dictator, resolution, security. Muscular words. True words, beneath their masks. But I hear the thin, ragged, unforgettable, unforgivable screams...
Altar Call: Why All Catholic Boys and Girls between the Ages of 10 and 13 Should Be Politely Required to Serve on the Altar for One Calendar Year
At the moment altar servers in parishes are male and female, between the ages of 9 and 15 (depending on parish custom and populace). They are volunteers for the corps, which in American Catholicism has been a legendarily colorful, motley, memorable,...
A Turn in the Right Direction? across Catholic and Protestant Churches, "Orthodoxy Movements" Have Sprung Up to Hold on to and Defend What They See as the One True Way of Their Particular Tradition
When John and Carolyn Green got married, they made all the decisions that any couple makes, like who they invite to the wedding, where they would live, and who would do the cooking. They also had a theological debate about a very personal--issue whether...
A Way of Remembering: The Stations of the Cross Are a Reminder to Christians of Jesus' Sacrifice. (Practicing Catholic)
WHEN MY FATHER PASSED AWAY EIGHT YEARS ago, my biggest fear was that I would forget. I was afraid that I'd forget the memories of those Saturday mornings of my childhood, when my sisters and I would pack into our rickety station wagon to accompany...
Church Is Where Your Friends Are: Jesus Saw through the Boundaries That Keep People Apart. Can We Do the Same? (Testaments)
FOR AS LONG as childhood lasted, my best friend in the world was Beverly. Her family lived in the house directly across the street, yet I never saw the inside of it, nor was she ever invited into ours. She had lots of brothers and sisters, just...
Did N.Y. Diocese Deceive Victims? (Signs of the Times)
"Please do not identify me as an attorney," reads a 1993 memo from a member of the so-called intervention team of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. The attorney, who is also a priest, wrote the internal memo to other diocesan officials regarding...
Does Your Prayer Have a Prayer? How Lupe Taught Me to Pray
For three years of my life, I had the great privilege of having a good friend named Lupe. Lupe was a young mother. She was a wonderful, faith-filled, powerful woman with a great sense of humor. I knew Lupe in the final three years of her life, as she...
Gone Fishin' Lately? Catholics Are Hardly Known for Overt Proselytizing, but They Do Believe in Spreading the Good News. A U.S. CATHOLIC Survey Finds Readers Prefer to Lead by Example. (Reader Survey)
THEY'RE WORSE THAN TELEMARKETERS, because instead of selling credit cards or long-distance phone service, they're selling religion--and they actually show up at your door. Many people pretend not to be home when they see them coming up their driveways,...
His Holiness, the Meddling Geopolitician
At this issue's press time, the war in Iraq is but a week old. Today's headlines include news about a Baghdad market where 17 civilians are believed to have been killed, concerns about fiercer-than-expected Iraqi resistance and higher-than-expected...
How Greene Is Our Worldview? the Fractured Souls That Inhabit Graham Greene's Fiction Offer Timely Lessons about the Dangers of Idealistic Zealotry. (Culture in Context)
HOLLYWOOD HAS RESURRECTED GRAHAM Greene and perhaps not a moment too soon. A dozen years after his death the mid-20th century novelist who tracked the wanderings of the human heart through the borderlands of colonialism, communism, and Catholicism...
How to Raise Kids Who Care: Teach Your Children Well, and Chances Are They'll Make Service a Way of Life
The Thanksgiving turkeys simmered in the ovens as my 4-year-old and 2-year-old flitted between the kitchen and the dining room. My brother and his girlfriend helped to set the tables, and my parents as always put together a dazzling array of dishes...
Jordan a Refuge in the Desert: One of the Middle East's Most Stable Countries Offers Tolerance, History, and Struggle-Especially for Christians
Jordan is stuck in one rough neighborhood. With next-door neighbors like Iraq, Israel, and the West Bank, the country is accustomed to nearby discord and disruption. Despite each incident and tension over at the neighbors', Jordan somehow manages to...
Odds & Ends. (Catholic Tastes)
The hoopla never ends in New Orleans. Always a party, drinks, and good food. Has anyone ever had a bad meal in New Orleans? The spirit of Mardi Gras pervades this city each day of the year. There is always reason and excuse to celebrate in the Big...
Real Men Pray: The Whispered Prayers of a Father Make a Lasting Lesson for His Daughter
I lie in bed thinking of the memories these walls hold. I'm visiting my parents, sleeping in my old room, and remembering a night 30 years ago just before I left home to join a religious order. I thought then that nothing would ever be the same, that...
Spirituality Cafe
PEACE "If now we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to see God in one another." (Mother Teresa, in a letter to the Albanian people) ADMIRERS "The difference between an admirer and a follower still remains, no matter where you are....
What Is the Baltimore Catechism? (Glad You Asked Q&A on Church Teaching)
You want to know why God made me? Sometimes I wonder myself. But I can give you the absolutely correct answer without even looking it up. Here goes: God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world, and to be happy with him forever...
Who's Minding the Latin Beat? Changing Politcal Realities in Latin America Require U.S. Attention, Not Intervention. (Margin Notes)
WHILE MOST AMERICANS HAVE RIGHTLY BEEN focused on the war in Iraq, a rapidly changing political landscape closer to home also merits careful attention. Exhausted by long experiments with free market policies, facing evaporating government support of...
With the Lord One Day Is like 639 Years. (Catholic Tastes)
No need to worry about showing up late for this event. If you have to use the facilities in the middle of the concert, by all means, don't wait till the end. And certainly no one will think you're rude for falling asleep or walking out before the finale....