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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 9, September

A Distant War
Like most people old enough to remember September 11, 2001, I can vividly recall the first few moments after I learned of the tragedy unfolding that morning in New York City. Unlike most people, I'm a little embarrassed by the first reaction I had...
Conflicted Generation: For Catholic Millennials the Past Decade of War Has Mostly Remained out of Sight of Mind
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Caleb is a 22-year-old Navy veteran who headed to boot camp as soon as he graduated from high school and quickly found himself in Iraq, where he spent most of his time patrolling rivers. He's also a devout Catholic; he and...
Guilt by Disassociation: The Human Cost of the War on Terror Burdens Those Who Fight It
Americans have grown accustomed to the long list of injuries suffered by the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: brain trauma, shrapnel wounds, lost limbs. Along with these has come a host of psychological and emotional damage: post-traumatic...
Invest for Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To paraphrase Winston Churchill's famous observation on democracy: Capitalism is the worst system in the world except for all the others. It's true that capitalism catches much deserved criticism, often within Catholic social...
Kin
KIN Rodney Crowell, Mary Karr, et al. (Vanguard, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Over the past 16 years as I've read Mary Karr's three memoirs, I've always heard Rodney Crowell's music as the soundtrack. Now these two great East Texans have found...
Mom vs. Bomb: Jean Gump Has Been Taking a Stand against Violence, Even When It Caused a Blow-Up at Home
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last fall, at age 85, Jean Gump was released from prison after being arrested and jailed with 12 other protesters. They were caught trespassing at an off-limits federal area at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge,...
My Wedding Day 1987
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First of all, the heroine of the piece, who was supposed to be there at 10 For photos, didn't make it, which didn't ... portend well, as my clad said. e Seemed amused and bemused, but I was sort of rattled. We waited by The...
Save the Date: The Love Lives of College Students Leave a Lot to Be Desired, Says This Educator, Who Suggests Old-School Dating as a Remedy
While eating ice cream with a group of "beautiful, smart, extroverted, social people," Boston College seniors nearing graduation, Kerry Cronin asked them about their romantic lives. "Will there be crazy break-ups at the end of senior year? Are you...
Say 'I Do' at Sunday Mass: When Couples Plan to Tie the Knot, the Entire Parish Community Should Be Included on the Guest List
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Several years ago, while attending our usual Saturday evening Mass together, my then-girlfriend Kathleen and I heard an interesting anecdote during the homily. Our pastor, Father Joe, recounted the story of a recent wedding...
The Do-It-All Damsel: Today's Fairy Tale Princesses Reveal the Pressure on Girls to Not Just Be Pretty, but Strong, Smart, and Courageous, Too
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Disney's 1937 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the princess Snow White is a damsel in distress who dreams that someday her prince will come to whisk her away to his castle. But if you have been to the movies...
The Wars They Are A-Changin'
The attitudes of young Catholics toward the military conflicts of the last 10 years spring from a complex web of influences that include demographics, church leadership, and media coverage. But a major piece of the story is the drastic shift from citizens...
Treme: The Complete Second Season
TREME: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON Created by David Simon (HBO Entertainment, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] David Simon, whose HBO series The Wire was the best cinematic novel ever produced for television, has completed the second chapter of...
Who Are the Doctors of the Church
While there are several definitions of the word doctor, they all go back to the Latin word for "teacher." It is this meaning whence doctors of the church variety come. It also points to one of their chief characteristics, what is usually referred to...
Why I Keep Coming Back
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On Pentecost Sunday, the folks of Our Lady of Mercy streamed into church as always. Waiting for them was heartbreaking news. Our beloved deacon Manuel, gentleman and scholar, the soul of kindness and wisdom, had died of a...
Would-Be Entrepreneurs Often Give Up for Luck of Two Things: Training and Cash. Enter Some College Students with a Big Idea
When a series of life blows knocked Tracey Amadi off-kilter, she decided it was time for new start. For more than 15 years Amadi had worked in accounting, but after the death of her husband and her own diagnosis of kidney failure, she wanted to try...
You've Got Mail: Word Got around in the Early Church, Thanks Largely to Letter Writing. but Who Wrote the Letters, and to Whom, Is Still Debated Thousands of Years Later
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Hurrying to the post office the other day, I passed a pleasant woman pushing a double stroller with one hand and holding a toddler in the other. Trying to keep three little people amused without losing your mind is a form...