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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 9, September

Admission Deferred: Feeling Called to Religious Life, Many Men and Women Are Finding They First Need to Overcome a Few Obstacles in Their Path
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Finally, after years of shoving it down into the recesses of her subconscious, after hiding from it in college, Katie Press was ready to join a religious congregation. She'd earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies...
All-Natural Remedy: Step Away from the Screen and Experience the Therapeutic Benefits of Great Outdoors in Its High-Definition and 3-D Beauty
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HERE IS A LITTLE PIECE OF CINEMATIC IRONY: James Cameron's Avatar, the blockbuster film that jump-started a 3-D revolution, became the biggest grossing movie of all time by taking hundreds of millions of people out of darkened...
A Word from the Wise: The History of the Book of Sirach Is Complicated, but It Holds the Wisdom of the Ages
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BELL TOWER OF OLD ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN SAN Francisco bears a warning familiar to passersby: "Son, observe the time, and fly from evil." When I worked there, tourists came in off the street to challenge me about this scripture....
Buck
BUCK Directed by Cindy Meehl (Sundance Selects, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Genesis 2 God responds to Adam's isolation by creating animals to provide the lonely human with companions. Ever since, friendships formed with other creatures...
Day of Recollection: A Decade after the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Share Their Memories, Regrets, Concerns, and Hopes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN MARY ELLEN KELLY HEARD THAT A plane had hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, she assumed it was an accident and rushed down the street for a better look. She was only a few hundred feet away when another plane...
Island Queen: Our Lady of Charity Warms the Hearts of Cubans Both on the Island and Dispersed throughout the World
AS CUBAN REFUGEES IN PUERTO RICO, MY PARENTS made it a priority in our upbringing for my brother Ignacio and me to learn Cuban history and traditions, from music and family stories to geography and Jose Marti s poetry. It was crucial for my parents...
Last Rites for St. Wendelin: When an Ethnic Parish Closes Its Doors, It Brings on a Flood of Memories
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although St. Charles Borromeo was just three blocks north of our house when I was growing up, my family made the 15-minute drive into the city almost every Sunday morning for Mass at St. Wendelin Parish. My grandparents were...
Peace by Piece: Peacebuilding Is Every Catholic's Responsibility, This International Relations Expert Believes. and with Our Government Continuing in a Wrong Direction, We Have Our Hands Full. an Interview with Maryann Cusimano Love
Maryann Cusimano Love knew that it was only a matter of time before terrorists would hit the United States, but it was a dead car battery that kept her out of harm's way on September 11. An expert in international relations who had advised both the...
Retro-Actives: Much to Their Parents' Surprise, a Growing Number of 20-Somethings Are Embracing Old Parts of the Catholic Tradition on Their Own Terms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] He may be only 22, but Sam Dowd has already worn many hats in his parish, St. Mary's in Holliston, Massachusetts: youth group member, service trip participant, maintenance guy, confirmation class teacher. A recent graduate...
Take the Plunge: The Promises We Make at Our Child's Baptism Push Us Straight into the Deep End of the Pool
"DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE UNDERTAKING?" It's the question asked of parents and godparents before every baptism. And at every baptism the young parents and godparents nod and say they do, and the sacrament continues. In the second before they...
The King of in Between
THE KING OF IN BETWEEN Garland Jeffreys (Luna Park Records, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OK, so the guy's 68 years old, and it's been about 15 years since his last record. And his sound is still anchored to a guitar-centered rock/ reggae/soul...
The Wages of War: A Trillion-Dollar Price Tag Isn't the Only Cost of War
WHILE MOST OF THE COUNTRY'S ATTENTION is fixed on how best to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the nation recently reached another milestone related to that event. Total military spending on Iraq and Afghanistan passed...
Veggie Tales: Much like Merton and De Mello, Peas, Carrots, and Beans Make Great Spiritual Masters
GENESIS' SECOND CHAPTER TELLS A STORY OF HOW God planted a garden, then created human beings to till it. The reason is obvious: Gardens are a lot of work, so Yahweh needed help to keep Eden weeded. I realized that this summer, the first season I've...
War and Peace
My most vivid memory of September 11, 2001 was watching a long line of New York City firefighters on TV enter the second World Trade Center tower after it was struck by a passenger jet. Five minutes later the tower collapsed, and I realized that they...
Was Jesus a Know-It-All?
"But about that day and hour no one knows," Jesus said in talking about his return at the end of time, "neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Matt. 24:36). Note: That's the Son talking. Or how about in the Gospel of Luke...