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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 2, February

Change'll Do You Good: We Need to Cut Loose the Anchor of Fear (and Sometimes the Serenity of Religion) to Be Open to the Transformation of Becoming Disciples of Jesus
ONE MINUTE, YOU'RE LIVING YOUR LIFE, CIRCLING the round of your routines with their rich familiarity. The next minute you're walking away from everything, just pitching it all for a brisk stroll into the unknown. Who does such things with frank abandon?...
Character Assassination: Hollywood Tries to Overcome the One-Dimensional Portrayal of Terrorist Villains by Going Inside Their Hearts and Minds
TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN A HOLLYWOOD STAPLE SINCE Hitchcock introduced the mad bomber in Sabotage (1936) and unleashed foreign sleeper agents on American landmarks in Saboteur (1942). When the Cold War ended and nobody wanted to see thrillers about Russian...
Desert Crossing: Searching for a Spiritual Oasis in the Middle of a Long Dry Spell
I had nothing to say during the personal sharing time at a meeting of a Christian group I belong to. I listened as others talked about their prayer and faith-based actions, but I couldn't participate. I told the group that I was sorry, but was "in...
Feedback
The reason I choose to fast or not to fast is ... Church law, tradition, and a desire to come closer to God. Jason Silva Plymouth, Mass. Besides Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, I do not fast on other days because being hungry makes me so...
For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Angelus Can Slow Down Even the Most Frenzied Catholic for a Prayerful Pause
I RECALL BEING OF AN AGE WHEN I WAS STILL REQUIRED to hold my mother's hand as we walked the streets of my native Manhattan. Once, when the church bells rang at noon, my mother stopped me and the gaggle of siblings surrounding us and closed her eyes....
King and I
AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY I TEACH A COURSE ON Martin Luther King's ethics and faith. I face two obstacles when teaching about King. The first is that we are too acquainted with him. We know that King, born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, led a successful...
Let's Not Rush into This: While a Married Clergy May Be a Smart Move in the Short Run, We Still Need to Ask Some Serious Questions about Who Does What at Church
THE WORLD STOOD STILL IN NOVEMBER AS POPE Benedict XVI participated in a highly-anticipated meeting--though one unrelated to his high-stakes trip to Turkey. No, this was about a volatile intra-religious issue: celibacy. Though hyped by the media, the...
My Almost Ashless Wednesday: Sometimes a Parent's Self-Giving Is More Important Than Having a Perfectly Spiritual Lent
Carrying my 18-month-old daughter Jamilet, I hurried to Ash Wednesday Mass across the slushy mess of the church parking lot. Repositioning the diaper bag on my shoulder, I mentally checked off the things I had packed that I hoped would buy me 20 minutes...
Not So Fast: Sister Joan Chittister Argues That We Should Not Be So Quick to Abandon the Practice of Going Hungry during Lent and throughout the Year
I FIRELAND IS A BELLWETHER OF ANYTHING TODAY, IT is surely of the Catholic consciousness. The Angelus still plays on public TV and radio at noon and 6 p.m. everyday. "Stations"--house Masses that developed during penal times when the practice of Catholicism...
Sacred
SACRED Los Lonely Boys (Sony Music, 2006) From the Spanglish mash-up of their name and their lyrics, to the music's uplifting fusion of blues guitar, R&B horns, and conjunto accordion, Los Lonely Boys are an American band for the 21st century....
Stay the Course: The Editors Interview Sayyid Syeed and Sister Margaret Funk, O.S.B
How do both Islam and Catholicism approach interreligious dialogue? FUNK: From the Catholic perspective, the purpose of dialogue is harmony and unity among human beings, as well as a shared responsibility for the next generation and for quality...
The Art of Evangelization
"My only ambition is to be able one day to paint Christ so movingly that those who see him will be converted." Who had such a wild dream? Michelangelo? Fra Angelico? Salvador Dali? Good guesses, but wrong. The answer: Georges Rouault. But who's...
The History Boys
THE HISTORY BOYS Directed by Nicholas Hytner (Fox Searchlight, 2006) Following the chalky and romantic trail of Goodbye Mr. Chips, To Sir With Love, and Dead Poets Society, Alan Bennett's sparkling coming-of-age comedy about eight working- and middle-class...
Troubled Waters: Billions of the World's Poorest Are Being Denied Even the Most Basic Natural Resource
MOST OF US IN THE WEST HAVE GROWN USED to thinking about scarcity and conservation when we switch on the heat in our homes or turn the key in our car ignitions. But in the developing world it's not filling up the Humvee that keeps parents up at night;...
We Go Way Back: The History of Muslim-Catholic Relations Is One of Both Confrontation and Dialogue
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once said, "Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good." As creatures of the modern age, most of us take great consolation in the idea that,...
What Does the Catholic Church Teach about the War on Terror?
The Catholic Church's teaching about the war on terrorism is necessarily an application of its broader teaching about war. Just two months after 9/11, the American bishops insisted that "the traditional moral norms governing the use of force still...
Won't You Be My Neighbor? Friendly Meetings between Catholics and Muslims Can Make It a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood for All God's Children
A couple of Muslim children--fourth- or fifth-graders probably--squirmed and whispered to each other in the middle of midday prayer at the Muslim-American Youth Academy (MAYA) in Dearborn, Michigan. Teachers from St. Paul Catholic School in Grosse...