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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 7, July

Collapse into Now
COLLAPSE INTO NOW R.E.M. (Nonesuch Records, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From a clamorous crescendo built slowly of distorted guitars, high-toned bass, and low, rumbling drums, R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe exclaims, "Hey baby, this is not...
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Come Follow Me: Catholics Are Using the Latest Tools to Connect Ancient Faith with Today's Digital Reality
Less than a decade ago, social and media wouldn't have been seen together in public. Now, the two are not only hopelessly enamored with one another, but, as a couple, are proving to be a transformative, irreversible cultural force--for better or worse....
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First Draft of the First Letter to the Corinthians
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not steam open letters that have return addresses you think look like they were written by women when you know they are from my cousin, and yes, she and I kissed that one time, but we were...
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God-Spotting: Can We Make a Case for the Almighty?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an age of atheism, in which it is considered rude in many circles to even bring up religion, I've got a problem. Remember that wonderful old Joni Mitchell song from her album Blue? It's called "A Case of You." "Oh,...
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Home Economics: Several New Period Television Series Show How a Woman's Place Used to Be in the Kitchen-And How Far from Reality That Is Today
KITCHENS, IT SEEMS, ARE BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT, playing a leading or supporting role in several popular miniseries. This past fall and spring on PBS, Masterpiece brought us Downton Abbey and a new chapter of Upstairs Downstairs. In both of these period...
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I'm Gonna Keep on Loving You: Even When Jesus Is in Need of Compassion Himself, He Keeps Giving It to Others
SOMETIMES IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE YOURSELF scarce. For example, if you learned that folks in your line of work were being executed without so much as a trial to plead their case, it would be a good time to seriously consider taking a sabbatical. When...
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Jane Eyre
JANE EYRE Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Focus Features, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are secrets hidden in the shadows of Thornfield Hall, but no mystery as to why Hollywood has made nearly 20 films based on Charlotte Brontes Gothic tale...
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Let the Sun Shine In
I joined the ranks of the altar boys at my home parish of St. Severin in Eilendorf near Aachen, Germany in 1967. What I remember most from the training that preceded our entry into that illustrious circle was the daunting requirement to memorize the...
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Little House in the Big City: Can the $300 Home Add Dignity to the Lives of the World's Poorest People?
ACCORDING TO U.N. PROJECTIONS, A TREND OF DEMOgraphic concentration in the world's great urban centers will intensify in the coming decades, compressing the world's poorest into fast arising slums. Viewed today, these too dusty or too muddy, sewage-...
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Reconcilable Differences: Though It May Be the Same Sacrament, Confession Is as Unique as the People Who Celebrate It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A number of Catholic writers have noted the renewed interest in devotions, spiritualities, and prayer forms--both old and new. Whether it is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary, or novenas, commentators wonder if...
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Sermon on the Mound: In the Classroom and the Stands, the President of NYU Roots for God
John Sexton, the president of New York University, holds tight to some deep truths: that his late wife is still with him, that there's more to life than science, and that baseball and God are connected. He is also a man of intriguing contradictions....
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Sight Unseen: To Enter the Kindom of God, One Must See as Children Do
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nevin Fahey, a second-grader, lost his daddy six weeks ago. Duffy Fahey, a pipe-fitter, husband, and a father of two young boys, was only 30 years old. One day he woke up not feeling well. The next day, inexplicably, he died....
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Take No Chances: The Parish Hall Is No Place to Develop a Gambling Habit
ST. AGATHA'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN MILTON, MASSAchusetts is sometimes referred to as the "Caesar's Palace of Massachusetts bingo." On Monday nights as many as 400 people show up to compete for the $3,000 top prize. In 2009 St. Agatha's and the other licensed...
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The Parish That Works: Synergy, Efficiency, and Compliance Aren't Just for Business. They're Also Important for a Stronger Church
Imagine the moment (with a choir in the background for good measure): Under a banner proclaiming "Welcome Home!" a lapsed Catholic opens the beautifully crafted doors to the parish where she hopes by God's grace to renew her faith life in Christ and...
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The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America
THE SPIRIT OF VATICAN II: A HISTORY OF CATHOLIC REFORM IN AMERICA By Colleen McDannell (Basic Books, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For many Catholics, the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) represents a Spirit-led initiative now being dismantled....
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The Times They Were A-Changing: A Church Historian Explains Why the Events of the 1960s Still Echo through the Church 40 Years Later
Mark Massa, S.J. was 14 years old on the First Sunday of Advent, 1964, when Catholics across the country arrived at Mass to find the priest facing them across the altar and--even more Jarring--speaking in English and expecting them to respond. The...
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Touchdown: Mom: How Quick Thinking Turned a Bully into a Team Player
A MOM TOLD ME A STORY A FEW WEEKS BACK. HER SON-let's call him Josh--was being bullied at school by another boy. Josh was not the boy's only target, but he was one of his regular victims. Josh would come home from school and complain that this kid...
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
In their book Jesus on ThyFace (Simon & Schuster) British authors Denise Haskew and Steve W. Parker have compiled "the story of the last four years of [Jesus'] time on Earth as revealed on ThyFace, the forerunner of modern social networking." ...
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What Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
When we talk about "the catechism" today we are most likely referring to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1992 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. For more...
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Women and Children Last: Would We So Willingly Cut Programs for the Poor If We Knew Them by Name?
WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, I BAGGED groceries for my pocket money, and I often saw a WIC tag next to food items as I restocked shelves: peanut butter, milk, cheese. As a middle-class 16-year- old who never missed a meal, I didn't even know what WIC...
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