U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 74, No. 11, November

Bars: Just Because You're Old and Feeble Doesn't Mean You Can't Outwit Your Children
First her children installed a bar on their mother's wall, close to her bed, to help her rise and shine in the morning and find her way back safely at night. They were good children, and their mother was very grateful. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Be Here Now: There's No Time like the Present for Living in God's Presence
I WORKED FOR MORE THAN A DECADE AS THE EDITOR OF A busy little weekly newspaper, and I often complained that the people who stopped by my office "just to visit" kept me from my work. Because newspapers are vehicles of communication, people are apt...
Deathbed Confusion: When It Comes to Caring for the Terminally Ill, Catholics Sometimes Struggle to Decide When Enough Is Enough
Last December Tina and Jeff Jankowski were celebrating Christmas at home in Granger, Indiana, with their daughter, Erin, home from her first semester at college, their son, Drew, a middle school student, and Tina's mom, Irene Bradley, who had rived...
Divine Comedian: Actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan Is Serious about Faith and Family, but That Hasn't Stopped Her from Being Funny, Too
She's appeared in more than 25 major motion pictures and countless episodes of television shows including Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and 30 Rock. But when discussing her big break into Hollywood, Siobhan Fallon Hogan breaks into hearty laughter...
Inalienable Rights: Aren't All Creatures-Extra-Terrestrials Included-Created Equal?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WO VERY DIFFERENT SCI-FI FILMS OPENED AND CLOSED Hollywood's summer blockbuster season this year. The new Star Trek (Paramount) got things off with a bang in May and District 9 (TriStar) wound things down with a bit of a whimper...
In the Service: The U.S. Armed Forces Are Looking for a Few Good Men-Priests-To Serve Catholics in Uniform. but Some Question Whether Father Should Rank among Military Officers
For much of the previous year, Father Joe Porpiglia had a grueling routine--and he wasn't even running his parish in Buffalo. He was in Afghanistan as a U.S. chaplain, racing across a rugged and war-torn landscape in massive helicopters and transport...
It Takes a Parish: The Key to a Thriving Parish Is Not So Much What Goes on Inside, Says This Longtime Pastor, but What Its Members Are Doing beyond Its Walls
In his book Excellent Catholic Parishes (Paulist), Paul Wilkes singled out St. Plus X Parish in El Paso, Texas as "not only one of the most outstanding Hispanic parishes in America, but one of the best [parishes], period. With hundreds of members solidly...
Julie & Julia
JULIE & JULIA Directed by Nora Ephron (Columbia Pictures, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is something delightfully ironic about Nora Ephron's new cooking comedy, a quirky, upbeat, feminist tale in which a postwar Connecticut housewife...
Life Support: The Pro-Life Movement Is Hardly Monolithic, Those Responding to U.S. Catholic's Reader Survey Reveal, and That's a Good Thing. Activists, Nurses, Priests, and Parents Are All Needed to Create a Culture of Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TWO THINGS BECOME IMMEDIATELY APPARENT whenever Catholics are tapped to discuss the role of faith in defending human life. First: Most American Catholics support the sanctity of human life, all human life--"from womb to...
Please, Sir, I Want Some More: The Nation's Most Vulnerable Children Are Getting the Short End of the Spending Stick
SPENDING MORE AND GETTING LESS: SOUND FAMILIAR? A recent assessment of the well-being of children in the industrialized world offers some parallels and correlations between the state of the nation's wheezing health care system and the prognosis for...
Poor Examples: Regardless of Their Privileged Upbringing, These Saints Show Us That Less Is Truly More
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HOW BLEST ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT. THEY GET THE kingdom of heaven--which might only be fair compensation for what they had to put up with on earth. I don't envy these saints their cosmic rewards since I suspect they've earned...
Popular Songs
POPULAR SONGS Yo La Tengo (Matador Records, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First off, Yo La Tengo is not a salsa band. They're not even Hispanic. They are white, artsy-bohemian types in their mid-to-late 40s. The band name, which means "I have...
Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child: Absence Makes the Heart Yearn for a Father's Ear and a Mother's Lap
It is in the natural order of things: Parents die and their children live on after them. If it happens and those parents are themselves young, it feels especially heartbreaking for the newly fractured family. Where will the father be to walk his daughter...
Stopping for Death
Over a period of two painful years recently, our family bid farewell to three of our elders: my husband's mother, my mother, and then my mother's younger brother, a bachelor who died only eight weeks after his sister. He had, in fact, predicted this,...
Survivor's Guilt: Praying for Our Faithful Departed on All Souls Day Lets Us Rest in Peace, Too
In a perfect world a baby is born into a loving family and is cared for from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. In a perfect world this person has fulfilling work and caring family and friends. In a perfect world that person moves into...
Use Your Inside Voice: The High Pitch of Pro-Life Advocacy Could Heed Some Old-Fashioned Parental Guidance
"I BELIEVE IN COLLABORATION." THAT RHETORICAL DUD normally wouldn't pass as an applause line, but Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, New Mexico gets a standing-O from me for it anyway. His church-shaking profession of faith, voiced in an interview...
Who Were the Prophets?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The art prophecy is very difficult," Mark Twain once said, "especially with respect to the future." Surprisingly, Twain's words pretty much describe biblical prophecy. In the vast majority of cases, the biblical prophets...
You Are What You Eat: The Eucharist Is the Ultimate Power Food
OUR FAMILY OVERSLEPT ON A RECENT SUNDAY, AND, having missed our regular Mass, we went to church at a neighboring parish. The deacon giving the homily spoke about his anguish over a survey reportedly showing that two thirds of Catholics did not believe...

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