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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 5, May

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
AFTER YOU BELIEVE: WHY CHRISTIAN CHARACTER MATTERS By N.T. Wright (HarperOne, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the preface to After You Believe, New Testament scholar and Anglican Bishop of Durham N. T. Wright, states that his book can be read...
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American VI: Ain't No Grave
AMERICAN VI: AIN'T NO GRAVE Johnny Cash (American Records, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the world knows from the bio-pic Walk the Line (20th Century Fox), Johnny Cash was no one's idea of a role model. He cheated on his first wife, raged...
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Don't Forget the Flowers: Bad News about the Church Can Be a Good Opportunity to Remember Why We're Here in the First Place
WITH SOME RELUCTANCE I HAVE TO ADMIT that one reason I am a Catholic today is a May crowning--actually a series of them. The first Friday of every May at St. Joseph School featured a riot of flowers gathered by every student, lovingly (if not artfully)...
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Heart to Heart: Fact: Parents Worry about Their Kids Every Day. No One Knows This More Than Mary
AS A KID IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL, I GREW UP LEARNING A lot about Mary. She was the Mother of God and the mother of all people everywhere. She wore a white dress and a blue veil and had a serene, dreamy expression. She also had a visible heart, one crowned...
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Holy Smoke
As I write this on the Sunday night before U.S. CATHOLIC'S deadline, the House of Representatives is passing the health care reform bill. The late night for the House, which I am watching live, caps a long and frequently ugly year of debate, but right...
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It's Time to Take Our Medicine: Health Care Reform Is about More Than Reducing Insurance Premiums, Says This Catholic Health Care Executive. It's about Caring for the Sick. the Editors Interview Sister Carol Keehan, D.C
On March 5, 2009, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity and president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), which represents more than 600 Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, participated in a White House roundtable on health care reform....
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Let the Mass Move You: Don't Leave Your Spirit at the Church Door. Take It with You into the Real World
Liturgy which does not move its participants to social action is mere ceremonialism; social action which does not find its source in the liturgy is mere humanitarianism. --Cardinal Richard Cushing EVERY ASPECT OF THE LITURGY HAS AN ELEMENT that...
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Men of the Same Cloth? as Wing Tips and Clerical Collars Replace Sandals and Golf Shirts, Parishes React to a New Style of Priest
When the alarm clock rings, Father James Moore, 33, pops out of bed. He brews coffee, makes his bed, and launches into prayer. Down the hall, Father Bart Hutcherson, 48, likes to set two alarms half an hour apart to ease into the morning. He doesn't...
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Men with a Vengeance: Jesus Encourages Us to Forgive Our Persecutors-But Our Hollywood Heroes Must Have Missed That Chapter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] VENGEANCE IS NOT ONE OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, but our lust for revenge shows up early and often in the Bible. In Genesis 4 Cain is terrified others will kill him to avenge Abel's murder, and a few verses later Cain's descendant...
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Mother without Child: All Women Share the Gift of Motherhood-Whether They Have Children or Not
I will not be attending church this Sunday, because it's Mother's Day, and I choose not to be present at that inevitable moment when all the mothers of the congregation are recognized. I have nothing against mothers; this is about my life. At many...
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Out of Sight, out of Mind: Once Ubiquitous, the Parish Priest Is Disappearing into Thin Air, with Troubling Effects on Young Catholic Imaginations
A few years ago while teaching, I realized that my students, mostly Catholic high school graduates, considered bishops to be distant administrators and not teachers. This attitude initially puzzled me, but I soon realized that, because of the decline...
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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE Directed by Lee Daniels (Lionsgate, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Black is beautiful. Black, obese, poor, functionally illiterate, abused, pregnant, despised, and drowning in an ocean of pain, 16-year-old...
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Seniors Need Some Class: Jesus Taught Adults, So Why Are Parishes So Focused on Educating Young Children When the Older Members Could Really Use the Lessons?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I RECENTLY MOVED INTO ONE OF THOSE GATED COMMUNITIES where you have to be at least 55 years old to reside. It is within walking distance of a large, vibrant, and well-organized parish. When the chaos of my interstate move...
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Were We at the Same Meeting? Two Sets of Minutes for an Early Church Meeting Provide Conflicting Perspectives
LOT OF US ROLL OUR EYES at the thought of scheduling another meeting. Attending meetings has all the charm of keeping dental appointments, with few of the long-term benefits. Most meetings we sit through might not have been held at all, for the...
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We've Got Spirit! Catholics Can Learn a Thing or Two from Our Evangelical Sisters and Brothers
On a Thursday night last September, Scott Sroda found himself at Primetime, a weekly program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. Sroda, a freshman and a Catholic from Janesville, Wisconsin, tagged along...
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What Is Theology?
In the 11th century, St. Anselm of Canterbury described theology as fides quaerens intellectum, "faith seeking understanding." A monk who eventually served as archbishop of Canterbury, he reminds us that our thinking skills are a gift of the Creator;...
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Working for the Common Grid: Reducing Our Collective Carbon Footprint Can Be as Easy as Plugging In
IN THE OLD DAYS ALL THE COOL GUYS AND GALS WHO wanted to show up "the man" devoted a lot of their creative geekiness to figuring out ways to get "off the grid," devising Rube Goldberg-ish mechanicals and homemade micro-tech geared to living outside...
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