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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 5, May

A Bad Bet for the Poor: Our Collective Addiction to "Gaming" May Be Costing the Weakest among Us a Lot More Than Their Shirts
POKER SEEMS TO HAVE REPLACED PROFESSIONAL wrestling as the sport to watch on cable. Most nights you can find at least one table full of celebrities calling, raising, or bluffing one another, while a pair of not-so-hushed commentators explains why the...
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A Church I'd Vote For: A Survey of Church History Reveals a Catholic Community That's Not Only One, Holy, and Apostolic, but Participative, Too
On Oct. 28, 1414 Pope John XXIII came riding on a white horse beneath a golden canopy into Constance, a town of several thousand on what is now the border between Germany and Switzerland. This was not the John XXIII everyone knows from Vatican II but...
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Disturbing for Peace: The Editors Interview Father John Dear, S.J
For most people, moving from New York City to a three-block town in the New Mexican desert might seem like a step toward relaxation. But John Dear, a Jesuit priest, peace activist, author, and lecturer, is not most people. As soon as Dear arrived...
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Exit, Stage Up: The Gospels Give Differing Accounts of Jesus' Ascension into Heaven, but the Message Is the Same: Christ Now Has No Hands on Earth but Ours
"I DREAD ASCENSION," the priest told me with surprising honesty. It wasn't the concept of ascending to which he objected, of course--it was the preaching of an event that no one fully understands that made him anxious. What is Ascension about, anyway?...
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Q: I choose/chose to make my children attend Mass because ... It was the duty I undertook at their Baptism. Irene Bacak Burton, Texas Most young people will resist the things in life that parents require them to do--dentist, school, chores,...
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How Does Your Garden Grow? Plant a Place for Peace and Prayer by Dedicating Your Perennials and Plants to Mary
ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PLACES AT MY grandparents' house was a small garden in the narrow side yard where a statue of Mary stood behind a small pond of water. In the spring tulips ringed the pond. The space spoke to me of peace, serenity, stillness--things...
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How to "Do It All": Striking the Perfect Balance between Family and Work Seems an Ever-Elusive Goal, but This Mother's Day Could Be a Time for Working Parents to Discern Their Priorities-And to Look for Help and Support in Their Prayer and Faith Lives
I keep looking for a seminar on "The Perfect Balance." If such a program on family and work existed, I'd probably drop my day job and franchise the course. The truth is, no seminar can teach me to balance and execute my vocation as a wife and mother,...
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No Greater Love: The Death of a Nun and Activist Reminds Us That the Gospel Is a Cause Worth Living For
I WANT TO BE LIKE SISTER DOROTHY. Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, was killed on Feb. 12, 2005, by two unknown gunmen. She had spent years in Brazil resisting efforts to clear the Amazon, working on sustainable development...
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Preferential Option for the Pentagon? We Shouldn't Balance the Federal Budget on the Backs of the People Least Able to Afford It
THE 2006 FEDERAL BUDGET IS SLIGHTLY LESS THAN six gazillion pages of eye-straining statistics, outlandish bureaucratic acronyms, and unspeakable Orwellian babble, bound in no-nonsense government blue and suitable for months of obsessive home study...
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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast
A few weeks ago I went for a free financial consultation with a major American investment firm, the gist of their message to me being: By the year 2045 you're going to be living in a cardboard box on the street because you don't have six months' cash...
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Sowing Justice
ANDREW TURNER ALWAYS KNEW HE WAS CALLED TO BE A Catholic high school teacher. He loves the classroom, and he used to love coaching football, a sport he played in his youth. But following his vocation and athletic passion wasn't paying the bills for...
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Stay with Me: Marking the Time of a Loved One's Death Is Both a Duty and a Privilege
They tell you that it can last quite a long time, this labored, wide-eyed breathing that heralds impending death. Days, even. It lasted a few hours for my mother. A little less for my friend Ernie. Two dreadfully anticipated deaths, two unexpected...
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Time Crunched: How Busy Schedules Are Sapping Our Spirit
After 15 years in the feverish world of corporate technology sales, Lu Ann Polejewski, mother of two, decided to make a change--or, as she says, to "re-engineer" her career. She now works from her suburban Minneapolis home as a business consultant,...
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What Is the Catholic View of Freemasonry?
Across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee stands the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center. The face-off of these two buildings could very well symbolize the centuries-old hostility between the institutions...
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