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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 7, July

And Now a Word from Our Founder
No wonder so many follow the path of this saint who was a mystic and a man of action. ANTHONY MARY CLARET IS THE KIND OF SAINT WHO HAS suffered especially at the hands of traditional hagiographers. He was not a martyr, although he suffered greatly...
Call Saint Martha, the Original Dragon Lady
ONE DAY A MAN NAMED Macarius quit climbing the corporate ladder and retired to the desert. Yet giving up the rat race didn't eliminate rats from his life: "The heart is but a small vessel, and yet dragons and lions are there," he wrote, "and there...
EVIL Never Looked So Good
Do you think you're a victim? Do you avoid making judgments because you'll hurt someone's feelings? Do you feel betrayed by your wrinkles or your balding dome? Be careful. You might be cuddling up to heresy, which just had a face-lift and now looks...
Feedback
Q. The best solution I have seen a parish use to deal effectively with small children is: Letting them be present for the entire Mass. The banter and antsiness of small children is no more disturbing than the throat-clearing, coughing, talking,...
Field to Fork, Seed to Shelf
Do mergers, buyouts, and joint ventures in the food industry produce lower-priced and higher-quality food while providing farmers with better services? Or do they reduce the number of places independent farmers can buy supplies and sell products while...
For Cryin' out Loud, Let's Keep Kids from Disrupting Mass
Sure, the Eucharist is a meal that should be served family style. But all too often, complains Joel &horn, today's parents seem to treat it like a trip to Chuck E. Cheese's. IT HAPPENED AGAIN LAST SUNDAY, AS IT HAS HAPPENED other Sundays. A...
Gilbert Tunney's Million Dollar Question
We spend the better part of our lives trying to buy happiness, but we know in the depths of our hearts that only God can give us the peace that lasts. I REMEMBER ONCE GETTING INTO A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH one of my next-door neighbors when I was a...
Government for Hire?
The way our political system works these days, critics say, you can forget about the Golden Rule; it is gold that rules in the halls of Congress. An in-depth look at how dollars and democracy mix in America today and why reform is needed. In March...
NYPD Black and Blue
The most disturbing police dramas aren't written to fit the character of Andy Sipowicz; they're written into the very fabric of American life. This month, Patrick McCormick investigates the lack of character development in the way we fight crime. ...
O Lord, Hear My Cry
I'M GOING FOR A walk," I declared, not caring if my husband actually heard me or not. I slammed the front door behind me and marched angrily out of our home, strutting down the walkway and into the street, oblivious to the sights and sounds around...
SPIRITUAL GUIDES: How to Stop and Ask for Direction
Trying to find God in all the wrong places? Using the stuff of your everyday life, spiritual directors can set you on the right path. While strolling along the beach in Santa Cruz, California, Mary Francis Giammona stops to enjoy the cool breeze...
Survival of the Faithful
TO MANY AROUND THE WORLD, THE WORD TRANSYLVANIA SUGGESTS THE DARK TALES OF DRACULA. BUT TO THOSE WHO LIVE IN THAT MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF ROMANIA TODAY, THE HOPEFUL SPIRIT OF CHRISTIANITY IS FAR MORE REAL. An ardent Christian faith has been a reassuring...
The Gift of Tears
Sometimes Catholics need a good cry. VERY SO OFTEN, I FEEL THE NEED FOR A COMPLETE overhaul, beautywise. And it was on just such a day that I found myself in the clutches of an ambitious saleswoman at a ritzy cosmetics counter in the mall. I had...
Until a "Lack of Discretion" Do Us Part
Ever since the church got involved in the wedding ceremony, relatively late in Christian history, it has stood by its main belief about a marriage: It's the consent of the couple that binds. After 12 years of marriage, Sheila Rauch Kennedy and U.S....
We're Gambling with the Future
Children are the latest victims of America's addiction to legalized gambling AMERICANS ARE APPARENTLY A PEOPLE WHO ENJOY the risk of a wager. So much so that they re currently putting as much, as $600 billion a year on the line in the nation's various...