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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 8, August

Country Sleep
The country is holy: O bide in that country kind, Know the green good, Under the prayer wheeling moon in the rosy wood Be shielded by chant and flower and gay may you Lie in grace. "In Country Sleep" by Dylan Thomas 1960 WE TRAVERSE...
Don't Let Your Life Go South: The Snowbirds Who Flew South for the Winter Are Home Now That the Mercury Has Risen, except for the Permanently Transplanted. Sure, Retirees Deserve to Relax in the Sun after a Lifetime of Hard Work, but Kevin Axe Argues There's More Value in Staying Put
IN THE EARLY 16TH CENTURY, PONCE DE LEON ALLEGEDLY "discovered" the already inhabited land called Florida--while he was sailing around searching for a rejuvenating spring called the Fountain of Youth. He not only failed in his quest but died ingloriously...
Feedback
Q: To me, retirement is a time to ... Work a little, play a little, volunteer a little, R&R a little. And I finally have time for daily Mass. Dorothea Logan Midland, Texas Do what I want to do. I had very little leisure time during...
Justice Is Brewing in Guatemala
Any coffee aficionado knows Guatemala is one of the world headquarters for flavorful, nuanced beans. The land around Lake Atitlan in the country's western highlands in particular is perfect for growing: an altitude well above 5,000 feet, rich volcanic...
Let's Declare Peace on Terror: We Can't Find WMDs. Maybe We Should Be Looking for WWJD in Iraq
AS THE PRESIDENT ISSUES ASSURANCES THAT CONDITIONS in Iraq are not as bad as media reports suggest, the body count only climbs higher and the parade of depravity emanating from Abu Ghraib continues. While bloody outbursts of violence are now commonplace...
Missed Connection: Ever Wished You Could Go Back and Finish the Conversation?
I've started a new journaling pattern. Every week, two questions: What do I most regret? What do I most remember? Last week one person made both lists: Marine Sgt. First-Name-Unknown Cronin. On a Saturday-evening, full-to-capacity flight from Philadelphia...
"Mom, Dad, I'm Gay": The News of a Son's or Daughter's Homosexuality Brings with It Many Challenges. Some Parents Move through the Tears and Isolation into Helping the Church Do a Better Job of Welcoming Their Children
Mary Ellen and Casey Lopata's lives changed drastically during Thanksgiving weekend 1983. That's when their oldest son, Jim, came home from college with the news that he was gay. After a hectic holiday with four children, Mary Ellen Lopata remembers...
Road Signs: Makeshift Memorials Help Us Sanctify the Spots Where Souls Left This Earth
I SEE THEM ALL THE TIME. NAKED WHITE CROSSES ON THE shoulder of the road, on the other side of the ditch, at that bad curve on the highway. There's one on a high riverbank where a kid drove off into the river and the car sank bubbling and they found...
Southern Hospitality
In February, my husband Kevin and I spent three weeks in Guatemala. Part of our plan was to study Spanish, part was to go exploring, and part was to escape our least favorite month in Chicago. After two grueling weeks of language classes, we headed...
Still Deadly after All These Years: The Seven Deadly Sins Are Alive and Well. Think of the Times You've Fallen from Grace-Which of These Fatal Attractions Led You to Do It?
OF THE so-called Seven Deadly Sins--pride, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust--some may seem somewhat less deadly than others. Who made up this list, anyway, and what makes these sins more fatal than most? First of all, it should be...
The Scourge of Abu Ghraib: It's Easier to Identify with a Tortured Christ Than a Tortured Iraqi Prisoner. but When Americans Are Playing the Role of Roman Soldiers, It's Time to Remember Whose Passion This Is
BETWEEN ASH WEDNESDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY this year Americans bought nearly 50 million tickets to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, making his agonizing and gruesome portrayal of the torture and execution of Christ one of the seven highest grossing...
TV's Not a Black-and-White Issue
It's a safe bet that Sister Rose Pacatte watches more TV and movies than you do. She even has TiVo, which only seriously addicted TV watchers will admit to. If you asked her about this, she would say, "Hey, it's all part of my job!" And you might nod...
What Did Jesus Know Anyway? to Prevent Confusion, We Need to Protect the Faithful from Jesus'less-Than-Helpful Impulses
REFUSING COMMUNION TO PEOPLE IS A LONG AND honored tradition. Since the time of Jesus himself, selfless religious men have made it their business o protect the Lord from the importunate and the greedy, from the unworthy and the inconvenient. What...
Why Do We Say the Creed at Mass?
Visit any Catholic Church on any Sunday morning, and you're likely to find, at the appropriate time, a handful or more Massgoers rattling off the Creed without much thought or excitement. But in The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters...