U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 9, September

6 Ordinary Opportunities for Raising Good Kids
The scary part of parenting is that you never know when you're making an indelible impression on your kids, nor what lesson your child is taking from it. Looking back warmly on efforts to foster couth and culture in his children, a father might be...
A Theology of Call: How to Be Good News to Others
The editors interview Sister Catherine Bertrand, S.S.N.D. Sister Catherine Bertrand, S.S.N.D. entered religious life on a dare--"It was either that or the Peace Corps." After 25 years she continues to be surprised by all that her life has to offer,...
Chants Encounters
AMONG THE MOST VALUABLE BOOKS IN MY library are two copies of the Liber Usualis. The Liber--pronounced "lee-bear"--is still the standard book of Gregorian chants of the Catholic Church. When you hear recently popular recordings of Gregorian chants,...
Don't Withhold Treatment on This Epidemic
I WAS MAKING MY WAY THROUGH THE MONDAY evening remnants of the Sunday paper the other night when I heard a sound that has become almost a normal part of the background noise in the Chicago community where I live. It was the irregular popping of a...
God Only Knows
When I really pay attention to the parables, they almost always get my goat. What is one to do with such stories? It is a cliche to say that the world would fall apart if anyone actually tried to live like the people in these stories: parents taking...
How I Knew I'd Found My Calling
Father Stephen T. De Mott, M.M. is publisher of Maryknoll magazine in Maryknoll, New York. He was ordained in 1976 and served for 12 years as a missionary in South America. Walking the mountain trails of my rural parish in southern Chile, I often...
Let Us Now Praise Parish Halls
Let's sing a song of praise to the parish hall as churches once again gear up for activity after a summer's respite. In some places the parish hall reposes directly beneath the church. In others this noble institution rests below the classrooms of...
Lutherans, Catholics Justifiably Reconciled, We Think
In the words of a recent accord between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the two confessions hope to "put to an end 400 years of condemnations on the principal dispute of the Reformation"--the doctrine of justification....
Medical Workers Have a Right to Know
LAST MONTH A YOUNG PHYSICIAN WITH TWO CHILDREN was accidentally stuck with a needle full of HIV-rich blood while caring for a patient. The patient, seeing what happened, didn't ask if the physician had been badly hurt, nor did he express concern of...
On a Wing and a Prayer
The Cartoon is in two panels. In the first panel a poor fellow is knocked to the ground by a bolt of lightning. Turning his stunned gaze to the sky he cries out, "Why me, God?" In the adjacent panel a thunderous voice from the sky roars, "Why not...
Pray Attention
A few years ago the leader of a conference introduced time by saying that he found comforting that there were still monks and nuns around. It was like those old tomes on the shelves in the library. Unused though they be, it was good to know they are...
The Bomb Doesn't Fall Very Far from the Tree
Your nuclear weapons are Dangerous, destabilizing, The cornerstone of peace in Our day. Understand? Neither does Patrick McCormick. When I was 5 my mother caught me and a neighbor playing with his father's cigarettes. Not lighting them, just playing....
Visitation Rites: Visit the Imprisoned
Jesus was very specific about what he would like his followers to do with those in prison: "I was in prison and you came to visit me" (Matthew 25:36). The fifth in a series on the Corporal Works of Mercy, U.S. CATHOLIC looks at how Christians act on...
Was Jesus a Slacker?
DID YOU EVER READ THE GOSPELS AND grow impatient with them? Did you ever wish they would stop being so everlastingly sketchy and start giving you some really vivid detail about Jesus? Did you ever wonder why they say not a word about what he looked...
"You Can't Get the Bird If You Don't Get the Word"
In 1997, George Brooks, a prison minister at Cook County Jail (profiled in the accompanying article), asked death-row prisoner Ronald S. Kliner to write a letter to a prison-ministry group in St. Louis, giving them a prisoner's viewpoint on what makes...

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