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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 9, September

Activism 101
Defying the tired old stereotype of their generation as spoiled slackers, today's college students are putting their social justice beliefs into action. One Saturday afternoon last winter, Victoria Welle and a few of her friends from Loyola University...
A Great Divide Continues
During his four pilgrimages to predominantly Eastern Orthodox countries--most recently to Ukraine--Pope John Paul II hoped to use the power of his personal witness to build bridges between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But he met with both success...
An A-Peeling Life
At a Catholic Worker House, the gospel is put into practice during spuds detail. I'd been hanging around the Catholic Worker House off and on for more than four years before being entrusted with a potato peeler, evidence of the success of my apprenticeship....
Another Renovation Ruckus
For Milwaukee Catholics, it is the best of times and the worst of times. It is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness. They're having a dickens of a time over their ongoing cathedral renovations. Last year, the Milwaukee archdiocese announced...
Borderline Schizophrenia
America's national ambiguity about immigration leads to death in the desert. THE REV. ROBIN HOOVER LEADS AN UNUSUAL gang of off-roaders in Arizona who devote a good chunk of their free time to long, bumpy rides into the Sonoran desert out to a pair...
Can I Get a Witness?
A visit by Jehovah's Witnesses prompts this theologian to remember that Gods truth is bigger than any one religion. I was awakened from my nap by a knock on my door. Two friendly Jehovah's Witnesses greeted me as I opened the door. My first thought...
Feedback
Q: I think the most important thing for Christians to get out of honoring the Sabbath is ... A recharging of our relationship with God by stepping resolutely away from the world. Ruby Simpson Upland, Calif. A sense of a spiritual weekly rhythm;...
Give It a Rest
Whether you find sustenance in the Eucharist or your family's gobs-of-pasta Sunday dinner, whether you get wrapped up in your garden or the music of Miles Davis, honoring the Sabbath is an essential anchor to living a spiritual life ON SUNDAY MORNING...
Lost and Found
Whether a sheep, a coin, a prodigal child--or us--God's heart longs for the lost. IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT Saint Anthony of Padua is one of the most popular saints on record. He s, the guy in charge of what s lost, and if there is any experience that...
Memory Loss
That old pop song from the '70s seems to be as true about society as it is about personal relationships: What's too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget. But as Patrick McCormick points out, hanging on to grudges can be very dangerous, too....
My Catholic Baby
My husband, Alija, is a Bosnian Muslim, fresh from the fighting in the Balkans. Mila, the woman who cares for our daughter, Hannah, during the week, is an Orthodox Christian Serb from Belgrade. That these two people interact peacefully and demonstrate...
Object Lessons
Let's keep the objects and practices of our Catholic faith in full view of ourselves and others. ON ONE OF THE COLDEST DAYS OF THE YEAR, two nuns, plowing through a record snowfall to knock on doors and invite people to Mass, gave me one of the...
One Nation under ... Which God?
Over the past couple decades the United States has experienced a tremendous increase and a growing visibility of religious diversity. The previously standard description of the nation's religious reality as "Protestant, Catholic, Jew" is being complemented...
Spirituality Cafe
CLASSIC QUOTE. "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pains." (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain; HarperSanFrancisco reprint edition, 2001) GOOD STEW. "I like food that is flavorful. Simmering...
Waiting for God
Lessons from a magical mystery tour. TO CELEBRATE OUR FORTHCOMING 25TH WEDDING anniversary, my wife and I gathered up our two daughters from college and the four of us spent a couple of glorious weeks in Italy. We started in Venice, drifted down...
Why Drink from the Cup?
This question continues to be asked, reflecting an uneasiness for some laypeople about resuming a practice unknown in the Roman Catholic Church for more than 600 years. In the church's first thousand years, Communion under a single species occurred...
Will Catholics Be Lonely in Heaven?
As the world becomes smaller, and Catholics find themselves living next door to Buddhists, Jews, and Muslims, many can't help but wonder: How can we all go to heaven? When Sheila McCarthy told her family some 16 years ago that she planned to marry...