U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 7, July

Catholic Tastes
CANA'S KEN "In this magnificent demonstration of his deity"--and a new twist in the Christian kitsch market--"Christ transforms clear water into the finest red wine." For 100 bucks, Ashton-Drake Galleries offers you this Jesus doll cum clay pots and...
Come to the Table
For the past five years, I've put off refinishing the old family table that sits in our kitchen. I stop myself whenever I get close to starting the job because I worry I'll wipe away too many blessed memories. The table is about 25 years old now,...
Don't Be Indifferent to Difference
Last Sunday's bulletin had announced a parish meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday. So, at about 6:40 a number of cars began to arrive in the parish parking lot. Slowly folks began to take their places in the parish hall. A few more straggled in at about five...
Dream Houses
To get some notion of the changes occurring in California's Salinas Valley these days, one need look no farther than Moro Cojo and Marmo's Pinto Lake. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Salinas Valley is, in the words of native son John Steinbeck,...
Feedback
Q: What, in your opinion, is the biggest obstacle to effective multicultural ministry in Catholic parishes and dioceses? "Inertia made holy." Each group has sacred cows they will not let go of. Father Milton Adamson, C.S.C. Phoenix, Ariz. ...
Find Truth in Culture
In an increasingly diverse church--one developing most rapidly in places like Asia, Africa, and Latin America--it is more important than ever for Catholics to understand the relationship between culture and faith. But what is the best guide to faith--culture...
Generation MIX
The Catholic Church will be more richly diverse and inclusive if these GenX Latino, African, Asian, and Native American Catholics have anything to say about it. Jeremy S. Alexander is a 28-year-old African American Catholic with fierce devotion...
HUDDLED MASSES: The History of Our Immigrant Church
Lady Liberty has seen many tempest-tossed generations set foot upon these shores. With each new wave of immigrants, the American Catholic Church has become a harbor that gets wider and deeper by the year. ONE NIGHT IN 1967, MARCELINO RAMOS ENTERED...
Let's Put the Brakes on Our Gas Habit
Drivers of gas-guzzling SUVs should quit complaining about skyrocketing fuel prices and consider the true costs of filling up at the pump. SPRING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD REMINDS ME OF THE first chapters of Genesis. In the beginning our yards and lawns...
Odds & Ends
These days Catholic parishes with a roll call under 500 people need to be nervous. With more parishes than priests in many dioceses, peewee parishes are prime candidates for closure or consolidation when diocesan decision-makers caucus. If these tiniest...
Saint Dorothy Day, Pray for Us
We need the example of this woman who tried to live the gospel in the modern world. IMAGINE THIS: A GRUMPY ASSOCIATE PASTOR RUSHES INTO the sacristy to prepare for the early Mass. This guy loves liturgy but wonders why those little old ladies have...
Statues without Limitation
Through the centuries Catholicism has adapted symbols to reinvent itself. WHEN I PRAY, I LIKE ALL MY SPIRITUAL DUCKS in a row. So I've rigged up a "mini sacred space" in my home: a cabinet filled with images of my favorite saints. As I contemplate...
That All May Be One
As a novice, Maria Elena Gonzalez wanted to be a "kitchen sister," just like the sister she admired. That was not, however, what was in store for her. Still, she wanted to be with the people, to work in a parish. She did work in Guatemala for a while....
Tolerance Isn't Good Enough for the Body of Christ
Parishes and dioceses often miss the mark when it comes to multiculturalism, argues Carmen Aguinaco. WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING IN SPANISH OR geared to the Hispanic community here. We simply don't have any Hispanics, my pastor told me. Are the Rodriguezes,...
Under the Bamboo Cross
THE GIFT WE BRING The first in an occasional series celebrating diversity in the U.S. Catholic Church The date was Sunday, April 27, 1975; the time about 6 o'clock in the evening. We had waited for hours in the scorching sun, without food and...
Why Students Are Feeling So Testy
Do higher scores mean U.S. students are learning more or "testing" better? DID YOUR KID'S SEEM ESPECIALLY RELIEVED THIS year when that final class bell rang for summer recess? The explanation for the heightened level of academic angst may lie at...
You Talkin' to Me?
Jesus healed people and raised them to life. Now it's your turn. IN THE OLD BEATLES' song "The Yellow Submarine," the boys in the band manage to find their way on a curious journey once they arrive at "the sea of green." It's an image I come back...