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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 3, March

3 Ways to Get into Spiritual Shape This Lent: Lent Is a Time of Spiritual Awakening. It Is the Time When We Act to Improve the Quality of Our Friendship with God, Who Is Eternal Love
When you listen to some older Catholics talk about the spirituality that formed them, you hear a lot about a harsh, demanding, and rather unforgiving God, a moral taskmaster brooding over the slightest offense, a Father wearing a perpetual frown. ...
Blessed Are the Muckrakers: Michael Moore and Other Contemporary Truth-Tellers Can Trace Their Lineage to the Biblical Prophets and Godly Gadflies Who Took on the Establishments of Their Day. (Culture in Context)
CONGRESS HAS A CHAPLAIN, A PHILOSOPHER, and a poet laureate. What it needs is a muckraker, and I would like to nominate Michael Moore for the post. For more than a dozen years Moore has served as the nation's unofficial muckraker laureate, exposing...
Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q: The most inappropriate extravagance I've heard of or seen is ... A DJ. Instead of sharing food and conversation, we screamed over the loud music! Plus, very few seven-year-olds care to dance. Not real spiritual. Mary Mulford Shaker Heights,...
First Communions Have Gotten out of Control: Let's Bring Back Simple Celebrations of the Sacrament, Argues One Mother Who Refused to Give into the Pressure to Supplement Her Daughter's Special Day with Fashion Shows, Matching Jewelry, and Limo Rides to Fancy Hotels for Post-Parties. (Sounding Board)
IT'S SUNDAY AT 9:29 A.M., ONE MINUTE BEFORE MASS starts, and I am in the front seat of my Jeep tapping on the steering wheel and waiting not so patiently for my 10-year-old daughter Emily, who has raced back into the house because "I forgot something,...
Get Your Ticket to Heaven. (Catholic Tastes)
Worried about the Last Judgment? Doubtful whether you'll be in that number when the saints go marchin' in? A California Web site has just the ticket for you. No longer do you need to turn your life around, just go to www.ticket2heaven.com, and for...
How Did Vatican II Change the Mass? (Glad You Asked: Q&a on Church Teaching)
At the Second Vatican Council, the first major document that was debated was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium). It had the overwhelming support of the world's bishops--and of the pope himself. It passed on Dec. 4, 1963...
How to Be an Urban Mystic
You know you're not dealing with a traditional monk when he calls from his cell phone to tell you he's going to be a little late to an interview you originally scheduled with him via e-mail. And then he admits he's got to have his coffee before his...
It's Not "Show Me the Money". (Editors' Note)
Good cooks know the slow simmer is their secret weapon. Let that sauce bubble for another hour, while the flavors reach their peak. Don't rush that soup pot off the stove. Editors, too, know that articles can simmer for a long, long time. In June...
Right before Your Very Eyes: Even Jesus' Apostles Had a Hard Time Seeing the Full Picture of Christ, but the Transfiguration Should Lead Us to See That Fullness in the Face of Others. (Testaments)
SHE SPOKE LITTLE ENGLISH--just isolated words you had to build the intended sentence around in your mind. But it never seemed to get in the way of our conversation. Mrs. Sottopietra was the oldest human being I'd ever seen, though every old person...
Should He Be Saint Mychal? (News)
When Kelly Lynch was growing up in East Rutherford, New Jersey, she used to ear her father say of their parish priest, "Someday this man will become a saint--keep your eyes on him." He was speaking of Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., the fire department...
Slow Down and Fast: Forgoing Food Is a Time-Tested Method to Cleanse Your Body and Awaken Your Spirit.
"But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden." --Matt. 6:17-18 EACH WINTER I THINK ABOUT HOW I MIGHT ENTER most authentically into Lent. No matter what...
Standing Up for Ushers: The "Minister of Hospitality," Not Unlike John the Baptist, Prepares the Way of the Lord by Preparing the Way for His Followers
While much attention has lately been focused on the increasing role of the laity in the church--from parish councils to extraordiry ministers of the Eucharist--allow me to put in a word for one of the most neglected of ministries: the ushers. Don't...
The Free Ride May Be over for SUVs: Is There Enough Room Left on the Road for Common Good Sense? (Margin Notes)
COULD THE ERA OF THE SPORT-UTILITY VEHICLE finally be drawing to a close? Critics charge that these gas-guzzling moving violations of good taste and self-restraint are nothing better than environment-stomping, high-beam blinding, road-hogging affronts...
The Gospel's Slow Boat to China: Is Today's Church Ready to "Inculturate" the Faith in Non-Western Cultures?
WHAT IF THE INCARNATION HAD OCCURRED in China? What if the Word had come to that vast land,that, regarded itself as the "Middle Kingdom," the center of the world? He would have come to live among the Chinese--to teach, to heal, to suffer, die, and...
True Stewardship: It Takes More Than Money to Keep a Parish Afloat
"Slots" Grabowski couldn't choke back a fit of laughter during a family wedding ceremony. The pastor was listing ways for the bride and groom to show their love, and he said, "If you only have one television, let your spouse watch his or her favorite...
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