U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 78, No. 2, February

Access Denied
Of all the body parts I didn't expect my busted knee to affect, it was my eyes. But I'm here to tell you that the first thing that changes when you're hobbling around is what you see. Specifically, what I see are obstacles: stairs, curbs, uneven pavement,...
Catholic Spiritual Practices
CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL PRACTICES Ed. by Colleen Griffith & Thomas Groome (Paraclete, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At first glance, Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New seems only marginally important. Not so. Each of the...
Close Encounters: Being Invited to a Divine Encounter Is Not Really That Uncommon, but Are We Ready to Respond?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sixteen-year-olds can be hopelessly romantic, or wondrously so. At that age I remember standing alone one night on the porch after dark, feeling the cool night air billow through my hair and sensing the rising of an opportunity....
Inter-Religious Ed: A Growing Number of Muslim Students Are Putting Their Faith in Catholic Universities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a senior at Loyola University in Chicago, Mariam Choudhry is well aware of her schools Catholic identity. She sees it in the crucifixes hanging on every classroom wall, in the faces of the Jesuit priests walking through...
Investing in Futures: Donors Bent on Saving Struggling Catholic Schools Have Deep Pockets End Even Deeper Commitment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The closing of Our Lady of Sorrows School in Portland, Oregon was the last straw for business owner David Brands. Seeing yet another Catholic school close its doors signaled to Brands that Catholic education was secure...
Life Lessons
During my senior year of college, I was excited to take the course "Islamic Ethics of War and Peace" as part of my degree in peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. Along with my classmates, I was eager to study this major world religion and...
Make a Deposit of Faith: Supporting Your Local Credit Union Is an Investment in the Community That You Can Bank On
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I remember when I got my first savings account passbook. I was about 8 years old. My dad took me to the local branch of Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento, California and the bank manager explained how a savings account worked--and...
Mass Hysteria
Can we all start acting like Christian adults? People whine that the church needs to change, and then when it makes changes they whine that it shouldn't try to change ("Words fail us," Reader Survey, December). Is altering relatively few words so difficult...
No Small Sacrifice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Surely the hardest faces to look upon during armed conflict are those of terrified or wounded children trapped by the war-making of adults. While humankind's inhumanity is not exactly headline news, resorting to armed conflict...
Sexual Healing: Intimate Relationships Expose Our Greatest Vulnerability, but the Rewards Are Worth the Risk
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sex is a paradox. Raging hormones and passions can send young bodies hurtling toward one another like meteors on a collision course. But once star-crossed lovers are locked in each other's grasp, sexual intimacy can forge...
Show Me the Way: Whether You're a Parent or a Volunteer Catechist, This Theologian Says the Art of Persuasion Is Key to Handing on the Faith. Want Proof? Just Watch Jesus in the Gospels
Thomas Groome learned this truth somewhat late in life: Even if you have been a major scholar in the field of religious education for decades, even if you speak internationally on the subject of handing on the faith, and Io, even if you are the primary...
Sorry to Bother You
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU The Coup (Epitaph, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First, a warning: The lyrics on this album feature the usual hip-hop profanity, and there is no edited version. For many that is reason enough to ignore both the album and...
Team Effort
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jennifer and Dave, married 14 years, with two boys ages 10 and 8, rely on their differences to build a strong marriage. "Dave always says to me that together we compensate for each other's weaknesses," Jennifer explains....
True Christian: Dom Christian De Cherge and Six of His Fellow Trappist Monks-All Assassinated in 1996-Continue to Model the "Greatest Love Possible."
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My friend the kindergarten teacher was talking about her favorite student, a Moroccan boy. She had asked his mother for the words to the "Good Morning" song in Arabic, and he shivered with delight as the whole class sang in...
What Is the New Evangelization?
When Catholics hear the word evangelization, we tend to think of Protestants. This is not surprising. They have been highly visible in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in their own way. But Catholics also have work to do. "Go, therefore, and...
Why Don't They Love Jesus? When Teaching Kids about People of Other Faiths, Handle with Care
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I went to my 4-year-old daughter's Christmas pageant last December. It was the culminating event in our parish's religious education program for toddlers and small children. Just before the play began, the program's director...