U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 5, May

A Catholic Education Is Worth the Sacrifice
As one Catholic parent watches the last of his children graduate from a Catholic school, he concludes that all the bills, bake sales, and buying into an alternative worldview did indeed add up to a worthwhile investment. NEVER IMAGINED THAT CROSSING...
Blessed Be the Ties That Bind
To amble among the headstones of everyone you know is one of the original forms of "walking prayer," to participate in a particular constellation of the communion of saints. IT'S A SET OF SNAPSHOTS, ON THE SURFACE SO STRANGE that they're sure to...
Breathing the Ancestors
We have come to bury our dead. It is still dark. The dirt road leading down to Abalone Cove is rutted, and we bounce and sway in our seats as the van slowly winds its way down to the rocky shore. The people waiting below in the mist are like apparitions...
Catholic Tastes
HOLY SON OF A GUN In late February, gun enthusiast John Michael Snyder, an ex-Jesuit and former lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, took his one-man crusade for the appointment of a patron saint of handgun owners to Rome. For several years...
Geography Lessons
When my mom and dad started going to Mass at St. Matthias, a "German parish" a block away from their new apartment, a friend asked them, "What are you going there for? All the Irish go over to Queen of Angels," a mere four blocks away. Non-sense, said...
Hail Mary
The wisdom of a subversive devotion Coming in from the bright sunlight, a woman kneels before an altar in the dimness of the church; she has lit a small candle, and with many other small candles the light is reflected off glinting fabrics and jewels...
Hear My Voice
The Good Shepherd has just the remedy for people who don't know what they want. IT HAPPENED again last night. I was at a dinner party, enjoying the company of friends around a well-laden table, and a pastoral moment arrived in the form of a personal...
Hispanics and a Changing Church
Most of the 54 participants in the Refocusing Hispanic Ministry for the New Century symposium, convoked in February by the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on Hispanic Affairs in Colorado Springs, Colorado, knew each other: They had shared three Hispanic...
How to Be Heard on Capitol Hill
Why Catholic numbers don't translate into Catholic power. THERE ARE AS MANY AS 60 MILLION CATHOLICS IN the United States; that's more than one in five Americans. But members of Congress don't frantically clear appointment books or flee in terror...
It's Take-Your Spirit-to-Work Day
Too many parishes fail to recognize our 9-to-5 work worlds as arenas for the sacred. INCULTURATION IS A BIG WORD THESE DAYS IN THE church. This helpful concept recognizes that, before we preach and share the Good News, we need to understand that...
McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES ON SENTIMENTAL JOURNEYS
The Twelve Chairs (Universal Marion Pictures, 1970). Set in 1927, there are traces of It's a Mad, I Mad, Mad, Mad World in this Mel Brooks farce about a treasure hunt gone amok. Lowly file clerk I. M. Vorobyaninov (Ron Moody) plays an aristocrat...
Parishes with Pull
How great communities attract people There are certainly many new approaches to spirituality and belief these days, but the parish remains the place most Catholics go to for sustenance. In fact, two thirds of all American Catholics are registered...
Princes or Servants?
In late February, TV news junkies witnessed a parade of males adorned in red gowns set off by lace overlay and red capes. Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Carnival in Rio? Good guesses, but no. This spectacle--the elevation of 44 more men to the Sacred...
Save This in Remembrance of Me
How much is that glass doggie in the attic? If your great-grandmother brought it with her as she emigrated from Russia, it's probably priceless--and in more ways than one. Patrick McCormick explores the new fascination with old relics and antiques....
Spirituality Cafe
VOW: "When your heart is open, be it aflame, aflower, or broken ... invoke the divine, present in all things. Ask for help, healing, success, protection. Ask for insight, peace of mind, or mercy. In exchange, make a promise. Declare your intent: to...
Why Do We Say Mary Was "Ever Virgin"?
Imagine yourself on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? For the million-dollar question Regis asks you: "The virginity of Mary refers to: (a) her Immaculate Conception; (b) the birth of Jesus; (c) a Hollywood movie; or (d) an expensive perfume." Hopefully...
Why We Can't Afford to Close CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Isn't it still our mission to educate and evangelize inner-city children? It's a pretty subdued day at Our Lady of Mercy School on Chicago's Northwest Side. Most of the kids are in class, huddled over Terra Nova achievement tests; George and Julio...