U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 12, December

Don't Wait for Confirmation
Because most catholic adults today received Confirmation after their First Communion, they assume that this is the normal order for these sacraments. They find it hard to understand that the order in which they received the sacraments is actually...
Do the Impossible
There is a story told in northern India about an impossible occurrence. In the times following the collapse of the Mogul empire there was chaos, and in fleeing for their lives and being arrested many of the rich buried their treasures and jewels in...
How Perfect Do Girls Have to Seem?
Two thousand years ago Jesus' birth heralded the glory of the human body. Today many young women obsess about their bodies at the risk of their souls. Patrick McCormick explores why society tells girls they're only as good as they look -- and wonders...
How to Build a Better Priest
Why do you feel the need to come up with a new vision of priesthood? I'm trying to find a way to talk about the meaning and excitement of being a priest that isn't clerical. When I was growing up, after Vatican II, there were two options for priests:...
Let's Hear It for the Child
The little girl who lives upstairs had a birthday party. I brought up a small present and found serious, blond-haired Sonja surrounded by Grandma and aunts and cousins, tearing through a pile of bright packages. Something about the growth of children...
Light in a Season of Darkness
God told the world he was going to send it a king and the world waited. The world thought, a golden fleece will do for His bed. Silver and gold and peacock tails, a thousand suns in a peacock's tail will do for his crib. His mother will ride on a...
Light Your Way to Christmas
Even though I grew up catholic in the 1950s and '60s, I was only remotely familiar with the custom of the Advent wreath. One or two years during my childhood I remember my mother making an Advent wreath and placing it on our dining room table -- which...
Material Issue
In Matthew 25:34-40 Jesus tells us how to put our love for our neighbor in action. In the third in a series on the Corporal Works of Mercy, U.S. Catholic takes a look at how modern Christians clothe the naked. It was a cold, winter day when one...
More Than a Candle in the Wind
It was a heavy week for the world -- the death first of Princess Diana and then of Mother Teresa. One has been transformed in death to a larger-than-life princess, the photogenic Rorschach who becomes whomever we need her to be, while the death of...
Put Me on Your Christmas Mailing List
A few start to arrive shortly after Thanksgiving. Most come from mid-December to the eve. Some come during the proverbial 12 days. I love them -- Christmas cards, all shapes, sizes, styles. People who think this custom out of fashion, ecologically...
Welcome to Quitman County, Population 10,490
In 1968 not long before he was murdered, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Marks, Mississippi in Quitman County and wept at the squalor he encountered on Cotton Row, a muddy, unpaved street in the town's black quarter. If King were to come...
What Kind of Presence Are You Expecting?
Earlier this year several U.S. Catholic bishops issued statements that at first glance seemed routine and fell into the "so what else is new?" category. But they were not really routine and deserve careful attention. The bishops spoke out to call...

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