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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 7, July

Around the Church in 365 Days: The Adventures of David Heimann Brought Together the People of God on a Worldwide Scale
David Heimann was tired. About halfway through his world tour of 365 churches in 365 days, he didn't want to visit another church. Still, he made his way to a small Catholic village in northern Galilee. After a long discussion, his host admitted that...
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
BRIGHTER THAN CREATION'S DARK Drive-By Truckers (New West, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a thoroughly hip Southern rock band in the 21st century, the Drive-By Truckers are either an oxymoron or a paradox. Start with their new album title....
Bring 'Em On: Catholic Institutions Should Play Host to This Year's Electoral Contests
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK TO Communion, election-year politics are again invading a sanctuary near you. No sooner had Pope Benedict XVI left the United States after his April visit than newspapers started printing stories about just...
Chasing Waterfalls: Though as Elusive as a Single Droplet of Water Cascading Down a Cliff, the Gospel Parables Open Doors to a Mystery Worth Grasping
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PROFESSOR'S SON WAS AN UNCOMMONLY HANDSOME young man. Was it the large clear eyes or the perfect teeth in his wide grin that made it hard to look away whenever he chanced to visit our classroom? He was tall, and his athletic...
Have Faith in Our Youth: Young People Can Change the World, This Muslim Interfaith Organizer Says. They Just Need a Chance to Share Their Traditions with Each Other. the Editors Interview Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel greatly admires the Catholic tradition. He counts among his religious heroes Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker movement; he attended Pope Benedict XVI's meeting on dialogue during the pope's recent U.S. trip; and his family even cheers...
Let Them Eat Corn: Our Agricultural Priorities Should Be on Filling Hungry Bellies, Not Fuel Tanks
THE GLOOMY GUS OF ECONOMICS, THE REV. THOMAS Malthus, was the guy who put the dismal into the "dismal science," predicting that the market in homo sapiens would periodically seek equilibrium through famine and widespread mayhem. Malthus didn't foresee...
Now a Word from Our Sponsor: Mentoring Newcomers Can Refresh the Faith of a Catholic at Any Stage of the Journey
"WHERE IS THE HOPE IN LENT? ISN'T LENT about dying?" I could feel the tension as our RCIA conversation shifted from Christmas to Easter. We were talking about the purple candles of Advent and the purple vestments of Lent, and how both are symbols of...
Only You? Shattering the Myth of a Soul Mate
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Recently my friend Angela called me in tears. Angela, 31, and her husband have been married for three years, and they are very well-suited: They can spend hours talking and laughing, are attracted to each other, get along...
Rain Delay: Jesus Is for Those Who Feel as If Life Threw Them a Curveball
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: CAHILL FAMILY SITS indoors watching Chicago Cubs play baseball. Game is interrupted three times by torrential downpour, rollout of big blue tarp, delay of 45 minutes. TV broadcasters seek in vain for interesting conversational topics....
Stranger like Me: We Might Stumble, but Walking a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes Can Teach Us All a Lesson in Humility and Respect
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW, Mark, and Luke, the second great commandment is, "Love your neighbor as yourself." But the command to love the stranger is actually much more prominent in the Bible, appearing more than 30 times in various forms. God felt the...
The Congo's Killing Fields: Families Separated. Millions Left for Dead. Do We Share Some of the Blame?
Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of...
The Counterfeiters
THE COUNTERFEITERS Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Sony Pictures Classics, 2007) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Holocaust films often present concentration camp inmates as if they were only victims, not complex characters with their own unique stories...
The Murder of Darrell Grayson: After Comforting a Death-Row Inmate in His Final Days, a Priest Has Devoted Himself to the Cause of Abolishing the Death Penalty
Denis Staunton of The Irish Times described the 2007 execution of Darrell Grayson in Alabama's Holman Prison this way: "A guard drew back the curtain, and Grayson was lying just a few feet away, a lean, handsome man, draped in a white sheet and strapped...
Welcome to the Church Wide Web: Thou Shalt Not Stop Ordinary Catholics from Using the Internet to Speak Their Minds
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Genevieve Kineke and a group of lay-women decided this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mulieris Dignitatem, Pope John Paul II's document on the dignity of women, she needed to get the word out. A mailing list,...
Who Picks Holy Days of Obligation?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Holy days of obligation--days when Catholics are required to celebrate Eucharist--are a result of tradition, devotion, and church law, and their number has varied according to history and place. Before the mid-17th century,...
You Don't Complete Me
No one could ever accuse me of being a princess. As a child, my favorite Cinderella characters were the talking mice, and I definitely preferred Sebastian, the wise lobster, to that pretty Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Pink wasn't my color, and I for...