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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 4, April

A Moveable Feast: A Polish Catholic Would Be a Basket Case without This Annual Blessing of Easter Goodies
MY MOTHER IS 100 PERCENT POLISH (WITH A MAIDEN name ending in "-ski" to prove it). When I was little she would tell me about her annual Holy Saturday morning church visit with our grandmother for the blessing of the Easter baskets. Parishioners from...
Are We There Yet? Even Jesus Had to Spend Some Time-Holy Saturday to Be Exact-Waiting to See If Things Were Going to Work Out
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING APRIL 15? Of course, in the United States it's tax day, but this year it's also Holy Saturday--you know, that boring day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when we just, well, wait. Good Friday is full of processions, Passion...
Come to the Water: We Believers Go Way Back with the Wet Stuff, and Every Year It Reminds Us Who We Are
MY LITTLE SISTER COULDN'T BEAR TO GET HER face wet at the pool each summer. As much as she loved the water, she was afraid of it, too. The higher it rose above her knees, the more elevated the level of her panic became. Learning to swim was supposed...
Do-It-Yourself Forgiveness: You Can Go Home Again, Discovers Patrick Hannon, but It Takes a Little Work-Maybe Even Some Rewiring and Well-Digging
The longest road I ever traveled was that part of Highway 39 that connects Klamath Falls, Oregon to Tulelake, California. It's a stretch of road that cuts through high desert, mountain lakes, and patchwork fields of potatoes and wheat and barley. It's...
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If I were training the next generation of priests, I would focus on ... Critical thinking skills, pastoral skills, preaching, collaborating with others, an egalitarian attitude, and Vatican II theology. Marian Monahan Suwanee, Ga. The basics:...
Holy Day of Obligation
What on earth do we celebrate on April 22? No, it's not the Resurrection, but that's a good guess, since Easter is just six days beforehand. This feast was celebrated for the first time just 36 years ago, and, unlike so many holy days that recall either...
Lessons from the Lion: Far from Being Simple Allegory, the Chronicles of Narnia Reveal the Power of a Great Story
In early December, just after the film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe opened, my daughter Sophie's second-grade teacher organized an unofficial class trip. She had read C.S. Lewis' classic tale to her students and invited them to...
Magic Act: With a Little Sleight of Hand and a Lot of Laughter, John Bosco Connected People to the Art of Joy
JOHN BOSCO GREW UP POOR, BUT WHENEVER HE HAD AN EXTRA penny, he would go to the circuses and fairs that came to his town. He watched in rapt attention as magicians performed the impossible. Sometimes he reasoned tricks out. Sometimes he begged magicians...
Picturing the Perfect Priest: Our Readers Have Some Strong Ideas about How to Build a Better Clergy-From Training to Ordination Requirements to Personal Traits That Make a Priest Great
ALL YOU PRIESTS, SEMINARIANS, AND THOSE CONSIDERING the ordained life out there may want to sit down, put your feet up, and take a deep breath before you read any further. The results of our special survey, "What do you want in a priest?" are in. More...
Spending like There's No Tomorrow: It's Time for Uncle Sam to Call a Credit Counselor
APRIL IS THE CRUELEST MONTH, T.S. ELIOT FAMOUSLY wrote. I'm guessing Eliot penned that line just after Turbo-taxing his 1921 returns over to the IRS. As we endure what for most of us is a forlorn exercise in fiscal cartography this month, there is...
Suffer the Children: Father Joe's Mercy Center Offers a Safe Haven for Bangkok's Street Children
Walking through he open-air halls Bangkok's Mercy Center, its resident guardian angel Father Joe Maier launches into a litany of casually referenced sorrows, passing mercifully quickly, like a child's smile, because otherwise they would be too much...
The Sky Is Falling. No, Really the Editors Interview Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Even if Kristin Shrader-Frechette's mother hadn't died of an environmentally-induced cancer at the age of 43, leaving seven children motherless in Kentucky, chances are the Notre Dame professor would still have grown up to be a dynamo researcher and...
The Way to Dusty Death
My dad--a man who never went to college, who worked in the building trades, and wore workboots and overalls--was a thinking man. He read books. He loved opera. He learned to paint in oils. He used to ponder what was the best form of government: "Don't...
Who Do You Say That I Am? If You're Looking for a Good Read on Jesus-Other Than the Gospels of Course-A Trip to the Bookstore Might Be in Order
WHEN IT COMES TO DESCRIBING CURRENT BOOKS on Jesus, Dickens may have said it best: "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." Biblical scholars and their colleagues in history, archaeology, and the social sciences have uncovered a treasure...
Why Does Easter Seem to Go on Forever
At the heart of our faith is the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this mystery--this Paschal Mystery--every Sunday, in every Eucharist. Yet since the first century we have set aside one Sunday a year, in conjunction with the...