U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 10, October

A Jewish Take on Jesus: Jesus Was Smack in the Middle of the Jewish Tradition of His Time. Remembering That Can Make You a Better Christian, Says This Jewish Scholar of the New Testament
Train, for a moment, the long lens of history on Amy Jill Levine's life story. The bishops at the Second Vatican Council likely had no idea that their declaration Nostra Aerate, issued in 1965, would so affect the life of a Jewish grade-school kid...
Dog's Best Friend: The Holiness of Our Canine Companions Was Not Lost on St. Rocco
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Qui me amat, amet et canem meum. (Love me, love my dog.)" --St. Bernard, A.D. 1150, "Sermo Primus" Some people come to Venice for the canals, some for the romance, and some for the history, seeing it as the quintessential...
Golden Jubilee
When I was a third grader at St. Joseph School in Knoxville, Tennessee, my class took a field trip to one of our city's two synagogues as part of a unit on Judaism. During our visit the rabbi explained that he imagined heaven atop a holy mountain,...
Good Council: Vatican II Still Looks "Fabulous at 50" to U.S. Catholic Readers, Who Say the Golden Years Are No Time to Retire Its Reforms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Neither fans nor critics of U.S. Catholic should be surprised that its readers love Vatican II. When the magazine surveyed readers about the Second Vatican Council in 2005--to mark the 40th anniversary of its closing--91 percent...
Grace under Pressure
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Julia and Pat's daughter Megan was born 11 weeks premature with Down syndrome. Now 18 months old, she has numerous health and developmental challenges. "Each day, we have to choose between doing what's best for her and the...
Is the Mass Still Celebrated as a Sacrifice?
A few years ago the Vatican issued a revised version of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the "guidebook" for how to celebrate the Mass. The cover of the document's American edition showed a part of Jan and Hubert Van Eyck's magnificent...
Like a Good Neighbor: The Good Samaritan Points the Way to a Humbler, Holier Church
We need more humility in the church today. It is a sad truth that these days we live in a divided church, as we do in our society in general, where deep differences prevent people of the same faith from talking to one another or even worshiping together....
Mystery Preacher: While We Don't Know Who Wrote the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Message Rings Loud and Clear
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Playing favorites is something parents are not supposed to do. I Recent studies indicate that Mom and Dad do it all the time. The fairest, funniest, or most gifted child typically wins the prize of parental attention, although...
O' Be Joyful
O' BE JOYFUL Shovels and Rope (Dualtone Music Group, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The band name suggests a Western movie scene of hanging and burial while the album title sounds like a line from a psalm of praise. On O' Be Joyful, Shovels...
Quiet, Please
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Several years ago I started reading a few books about Eastern spirituality and began to meditate. I'd sit cross-legged on my back porch in the sun for an hour. I'd focus on my breathing. I'd become aware of every inhale and...
Reading God's Handwriting: Poems
READING GOD'S HANDWRITING: POEMS By Philip Kolin (Kauffman Publishing, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Philip Kolin's Reading God's Handwriting: Poems is a book of action, not of superheroes swooping down on comic book pages to save the day,...
Safety Not Guaranteed
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Film District, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly's touching sci-fi misadventure about time travel looks like it was made on a small budget,...
Sleeping through Genocide
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "What is happening today in the Nuba mountains is exactly a carbon copy of what has been taking place in Darfur--only even worse," said Bishop Macram Max Gassis, spiritual leader of Sudan's Diocese of El Obeid. Gassis was...
The Devil in the Details
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I once heard a bishop explain to confirmation candidates what it means to, in the words of the baptismal liturgy, "reject the glamor of evil and refuse to be mastered by sin." A white-knuckle flyer himself, he told the story...
Vatican 2.0: Fifty Years after the Game-Changing Council a New Generation Helps the Church Respond to Today's Signs of the Times. First in a Three-Part Series
In some of its most memorable key phrases, Vatican II managed to inspire a profound renewal of the church and its mission. Its liturgy constitution urged "full, conscious, active participation in the liturgy," while other documents helped Catholics...
Vesper Time: The Evening of Life Can Be a Time of Grace and Gratitude
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I turned 70 last year, placing me well into a time of both diminishment and opportunity. I used to be 5 foot 8 but am now compressed toward 5 foot 7 thanks to the inexorable pull of gravity and a fractured disk in my mid 50s....