U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 12, December

A Few Good Women
Mary's cooperation with the will of God put her in line with the great women of the Old Testament, the women saints of Christian tradition, and Aunt Helen. VIRGINIA WOOLF Probably started it: the changing of my perspective about everything. I was...
A Prayer to Come Home To
After years of anger and emptiness, a young woman makes a little room for God and the church during Midnight Mass. She suffered injustices, large and small, meekly, but without forgetting. A mother who didn't want her at birth was never mentioned...
A Song for the Dying
Harp vigils give solace and courage to both those who are dying and their loved ones. Therese Schroeder-Sheker is at her best when most of us are at our worst: In the company of the dying, she gains strength and is able to pass courage back. ...
Christmas Is Just the Beginning
After all the anticipation and our efforts to get ready for Christmas, let's not forget to celebrate what we have been preparing for. IT WAS THE END OF MASS ON CHRISTMAS Day, and a member of the parish staff was thanking all the people who helped...
Do You See What I See?
This Christmas, open your eyes to how Christ dwells among us WE CATHOLICS CLAIM BELIEF IN THE Incarnation, the dogma that says God became human and dwells (present tense) among us. But dogmas can seem sterile and disconnected from our own lives....
Feedback
Q: One thing I have learned--or would like to learn--from true parish sharing is: That people are more important than buildings. Betty L. Wolfe Colorado Springs, Colo. Diversity is good. Nina Frankle Montgomery, Ala. We are all a lot...
Get Wrapped Up in Family Traditions This Christmas
From visiting friends and neighbors to making Aunt Cleo's green Jell-O mold, holiday customs connect our everyday stories to the larger story of God becoming one of us. THE CHRISTMAS MY daughter was 6 and my on was 3 was probably the low point....
Go in Peace
Before he left, John said one last Mass, which was crammed to the gills. HIS VOICE SHIVERED ONLY ONCE, AT THE VERY end, when he finished Mass with a line he'd spoken every Sunday for 10 years: "Most of all, be kind--it is a sure sign of God's presence...
Invalid Arguments?
While some have welcomed Dominus Jesus ("The Lord Jesus"), last fall's doctrinal declaration from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), as a valuable statement of Catholic beliefs in relation...
Letters
Once a priest, always a priest KATHY COFFEY'S ARTICLE ("A PRIEST IS A TERRIBLE thing to waste," September) was of great, interest to me. I can identify with most of Coffey's remarks about the rough passage we married priests have faced in our transition...
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
It is my belief and hope that each of us has our moment of truth when the whole God thing makes sense. For me it happened I while I was standing on a train platform overcome with uncontrollable grief. As I fought back tears, my sorrow reached the depths...
Odds & Ends
Merry Christmas to our new national team, the president and vice president-elect, to the new senator from New York, and all other officials elected on November 7. May all of you be Easter to your constituencies, the nation, and the world. To all...
Open Some Doors This Advent
"Listen! I am standing at the door knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Rev. 3:20). How easy and natural it is to pass through a doorway. We rarely notice the movement at all....
Parish Sharing Means More Than a Second Collection
While it's nice that wealthier parishes reach out to poorer ones with monetary resources, the mere one-way sharing of gifts impoverishes both the giver and receiver. An important Christian obligation--and opportunity--is being missed. WHAT DOES...
Piety and Pierogi
The Chicago parish I grew up in was considered an "Irish" parish, even though its membership was about 40 percent Polish American. I often heard my parents and other Polish American members of the parish speak about the difficulty they had in getting...
Signs of the Times
Fighting words DUBLIN--Women and men who cringe at the annual New Testament reading from Colossians that admonishes wives to "be submissive to your husbands" now have allies in bishops from Ireland and the United States. Two Irish bishops' commissions...
Spirituality Cafe
LIGHT: "We are not saints, we are not heroes. Our lives are lived in the quiet corners of the ordinary. We build tiny hearth fires, sometimes barely strong enough to give off warmth. But to the person lost in the darkness, our tiny flame may be the...
The Way in the Manger
AN INTERVIEW WITH SISTER BARBARA REID, O.P. The stories of the birth of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke--also known as the infancy narratives--have long captivated the Christian imagination. But while these familiar and treasured stories...
Water, Water Everywhere?
By the look of things to come, Noah and his ark--not Hollywood's George Clooney--might have ridden out the real "Perfect Storm." Patrick McCormick issues a water advisory for a planet that's too quickly draining its supply. EL NINO IS HISTORY, HURRICANE...
What Does the Church Say about the Death Penalty?
About a year ago in central Maine we had three mild earthquakes within a couple of months. They reminded us that our underpinnings are not static, that our planet is still evolving. At present, in the church we also sense a shifting and realigning...
You Clicked, Sir?
With the dawn of lackeys on demand, the information age spawns the servitude industry. MYLACKEY.COM IS A NEW INTERNET SERVICE currently available in Washington, D.C., Portland, and Seattle, the city that turned teeth-grinding coffee consumption...