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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 6, June

A Matter of Principle
IT WAS SAD TO READ THE APRIL EXAMINED LIFE, ("I promise to do my best") by Meinrad Scherer-Emunds. Scherer-Emunds has confused tolerance with principle. If someone wants to be homosexual and do homosexual-things (only with consenting adults), that...
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Be Still and Know God
Why I spend an hour of my day sitting before the mystery of the Eucharist. Although I've spent more than 25 years at it I am not sure I quite know how to speak about Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." Maybe it is because the Eucharist seems a...
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Borderline Christianity
For many, crossing the border from Mexico is a real Way of the Cross. How Christians are helping to shoulder the burden on both sides of the fence. During Mass each Wednesday at Casa Juan Diego in Houston, immigrants speak of not eating for days,...
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Catholic Tastes
LAMENTATIONS From the Biblical Guide to Parenting: Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of quiescently frozen dessert you may eat, but absolutely not in the living room. Indeed when you reach the...
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Close Encounter of the PAPAL KIND
She wasn't exactly looking for a miracle. But when a mother dragged her critically ill daughter out to receive a blessing from the pope, she found that being in the presence of holiness was more overwhelming than she expected. I have never had any...
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Feedback
Q: Why do you think people choose to live together before marriage? It's been said that you don't really know a person until you live with him/her. Living together presents an opportunity to determine compatibility in many areas. Irene M. Zay...
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Is Beauty an Ancient History?
Lamenting the lack of beauty in modern life, author Alex Garcia-Rivera looks to the ancient cave paintings of Lascaux as evidence that irk through the beautiful that we truly experience God. "I remember standing in front of the paintings of the...
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Left Behind (a Catholic Version)
NEW ROLE MODELS "For most of his life Albert Einstein had the portraits of two scientists, Newton and Maxwell, hanging on his wall as role models to inspire him. Toward the end of life, however, he took them down and replaced them with portraits of...
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Let My People Pray
A modest proposal: Let's return the prayer of the faithful to the faithful. CAN YOU IMAGINE JESUS AT THE LAST SUPPER, Before he began praying over the bread and the wine, giving the nod to one of his apostles (James the Less, perhaps), who then...
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Let's Stop Harassing Couples Who Finally Commit
Live-in couples are caught in a subculture of sex without commitment, says Father Andrew Greeley. But when they finally decide to get married, the church (and their parents) should cheer them on, not give them the third degree. EVERY CATHOLIC PRIEST...
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Mccormick's Quick Takes on Strong Women in Movies
Chocolat (Miramax, 2000). Fans of Babette's Feast and Ballroom Dancing will find a lot to like in this luscious morsel of a film about two magical and rebellious pilgrims who arrive in a very provincial French village at the start of Lent But instead...
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Online Orthodoxy Police
School's out for the summer, but the debate about Ex Corde Ecclesiae--the 1990 Vatican document on the Catholic identity of colleges and universities--is about to heat up again. This month, the U.S. bishops are scheduled to vote on the implementation...
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Phantom Menace
How the "son of Star Wars" jeopardizes peace in Korea. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS LIKE SOUTH Korea's Catholic president Kim Dae Jung because they share their blessings with a world that is less scary and dangerous because of their efforts. Kim...
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Spirituality Cafe
QUOTE:"Accompany us then on this vigil and you will know what it is to dream! You will then know how marvelous it is to live threatened with resurrection! To dream awake, to keep watch asleep, to live while dying, and to already know oneself resurrected."...
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The Heart of the Matter
The Sacred Heart reminds us that Jesus took all people into his heart, and so should we. WHEN I WORKED IN A PARISH RITE OF Christian Initiation of Adults program, one of the most popular activities was the "church tour." The group would troop from...
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Too Many to Forget
During the war in Vietnam, many college students in the United States obtained a deferment from or resisted military service. Whether it was for reasons of conscience or convenience, they thus avoided the harsh penalties that fell upon men shipped...
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Who Is the Greatest?
Such was the question the disciples--and not just once--asked Jesus. In reply, he called a child to him and said, "Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the...
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Who's Afraid of Women in Leading Roles?
The only real attention leading laches seem to generate at the Oscars is over their gowns. What's wrong with this picture? And does art imitate life? Patrick McCormick gives mixed reviews to the roles women are asked to play--on screen and off. ...
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Who's Counting?
Feeding 5,000 people from a handful of loaves and fishes is more than a numbers game. JESUS IS BEING UNREASONABLE. It's been a gorgeous day in Galilee, and Jesus has been proclaiming the kingdom of God all afternoon to the crowds under a bright...
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Who Wrote the Gospels?
My brother was born prematurely during a blizzard. Mom made it to the hospital in time to deliver, but Dad was stuck in a snow bank, the tires of our Chevy spinning as he shoveled cinders furiously. My sisters and I were bundled in snowsuits in the...
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Why Get to Know the Historical Jesus?
When it comes to figuring out what the Jesus of Christian faith has to do with the anthropological Jesus studied by historians, Catholics are lucky: They have lots of options. "For a Catholic," John P. Meier has written, "the full reality of Jesus...
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