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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 8, August

A Clean Heart Create for Me, O God
Psalm 51, Miserere mei, Deus (Have mercy on me, God), is a powerful prayer for our modern lives. It reveals faith in God's mercy as leading to a joyful freedom. It also is a psalm with a story. Scripture notes that it is a song King David composed...
A Little Neighborly Advice
Quite a few years ago, our family was about to sit down to dinner with several visiting relatives when our doorbell rang. Standing outside the door in a pouring rain was a woman whom we had never before seen. With rain dripping off her, she blurted...
Baptism: How to Make a Graceful Entrance
It is a Sunday afternoon in early December. Large, wet snowflakes drift down from a low, gray sky. We are gathered outside an old church waiting for the priest to arrive. One of our numbers, the grandfather, is sticking his tongue out and catching...
Can We Find Meaning in "The Lost World?"(feature Film)(includes Bibliography)
Maybe the blockbuster movie "The Lost World" is not just a superficial thriller but a metaphor for the destruction of our natural habitat and science gone awry. Or has arts columnist Patrick McCormick just lost his foothold in reality? Ever spent...
Haiti's Children
You can tell a lot about a culture by its proverbs, and this may be more true in Haiti than anywhere in the world. Because of the country's very low literacy rate--even today only about 15 percent of the population can read and write--common wisdom...
My Teenagers Are a Constant Revelation to Me
"IT'S ALL VERY WELL TO FIND GOD IN THE FAMILY WHEN ONE HAS SWEET LITTLE KIDS IN BUNNY SLIPPERS AND FUZZY SLEEPERS," HARRUMPH THE PARENTS OF TEENAGERS. "BUT WHAT ABOUT US? HAS GOD ABANDONED US? WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE ADOLESCENTS?" GOD OF THE...
Take a Bow
At every Sunday eucharistic liturgy, Catholics recite the Nicene Creed. Many of us have memorized the Creed and do not use worship aids. It is easy, therefore, to miss the direction printed in the middle of the Creed. It asks us to bow during the...
Tokens Won't Exact Much Change
I laughed when a woman told me that she was flattered to learn she was selected to be interviewed for a newspaper feature on women who make a difference until the reporter began the interview with, "I'd like to start with your life in the cult before...
We're So Forgettable
There he was, big as life, staring me down. Archbishop John Hughes, known by some as "Dagger John," looked none too pleased. How his framed visage managed to get from New York City to an antique shop in Lockport, Illinois I'll never know. Nor will...
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