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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 11, November

A Killer Toothache: It's the Hidden Tragedies That Tell the Real Tale of Our Nation's Economic Woes
"DON'T TELL ME YOUR SOB STORIES," SOME PEOPLE will say when you bring up the various trials and tribulations of the poor in an effort to justify, say, extended unemployment benefits, broadened eligibility for food stamps or school lunches, Head Start...
Allah, Liberty, and Love
ALLAH, LIBERTY, AND LOVE By Irshad Manji (Free Press, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The title may catch your eye, but don't let it fool you. Irshad Manji's book is not just for and about Muslims. Subtitled "The Courage to Reconcile Faith and...
Charley Is Dying: The Last Days of a Friend Give New Meaning to Male Bonding
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Charley is dying. He's dying well, but he is dying. Death deserves reflection. In his mid-60s, Charley starkly reminds us older middle-aged men that we might not even make it to "geezer" status. He called a few of us from...
Family Album: The November Feasts of All Saints and All Souls Invite a Long, Loving Look at Those Who Have Gone before Us
LIFE IN A COLLEGE TOWN MAY BE FULL OF DIVERSITY, but it also has a shallow root system where faces and friendships come and go with the university calendar. Parish life and programs need to catch on quickly, and, just like with a grass fire, when you...
Good Mourning: It's Never Too Early to Teach Children to Accept Death as a Part of Life
AS WE HONOR OUR DEAD IN THIS MONTH OF ALL SOULS let me say that I think we are too afraid of death and that this is not good for our kids, or for us. My son and daughter complain that my husband and I brought them to more wakes than any kid in town....
Has Hell Frozen over? Church Teaching Has Shifted Away from Damnation and Now Focuses on Salvation. Is That a Good Thing?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To a young girl attending Catholic school in the 1940s, eternal damnation was no abstract concept. "The nuns really terrified us," says Pat Conroy, who grew up in Maryland. The list of potential transgressions--from eating...
House/work: The Catholic Worker Movement Is Living Proof That Charity Begins at Home
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Catholic Worker member Liz La Plante and I started our conversation alone in the spacious front room of the Dorothy Day House in Portland, Oregon beneath a picture of Mother Teresa. Within minutes, community member Chani Geigle-Teller...
Over the Hill: It's Just a Matter of Time before Everyone Must Cross to the Other Side
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE INCONSOLABLE RANGE IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA IS well-named. It is best viewed from across the Owens Valley at the top of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to Methuselah, considered to be the oldest tree in the world...
Put Faith in Your Vote: Election Day Shouldn't Be a Time to Leave Our Faith at Home
"RELIGION IS THE PROBLEM," SAID A FRIEND AT A LATE summer barbecue. "If we could keep religion out of politics, things would be a lot less crazy." Heads nodded. Being the only active churchgoer in the room, I tried to protest--but then had to admit...
Space Invaders: Recent Films and TV Series Shine a Light on the Plight of Aliens among Us
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TELEVISION AND MOVIE SCREENS WERE CHOCK-FULL of aliens this summer: scary extraterrestrials cast as villainous invaders bent on humanity's annihilation or hapless intergalactic travelers victimized by our own inhumanity to...
Thanks Giving
"Do you want to get arrested tomorrow?" Fresh off the train for a year of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Tacoma, Washington, this was the first of many invitations extended by my new next door neighbors, the Catholic Workers at Guadalupe...
The Debt
THE DEBT Directed by John Madden (Maw Films, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Maddens cagey thriller about three Mossad agents sent to capture a Nazi war criminal hiding out in East Berlin raises ethical questions and goose bumps galore....
Think outside the Box: It's Time We Laid Our Current American Burial Practices to Rest in Favor of a More Authentically Catholic-And Eco-Friendly-Approach
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LAST YEAR I WAS CONTACTED BY A WOMAN NAMED Jean who was seeking to arrange a "green" burial for her mother, who was nearing her last days in hospice. In my role heading up the Green Burial , a nonprofit organization working...
Why Do We Anoint the Sick?
One of the great mysteries of our faith is the incarnation, our core belief that the eternal and almighty God became a human being, a man who could and did suffer just as we do. During his ministry on earth, Jesus had a particular concern for sick...
Work Hard, Pray Hard: The Friendship of Two Spiritual Giants Reveals Two Remarkably Different Paths to the Peace of Christ
Few have written authoritative biographies of the 20th-century spiritual giants Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, and Thomas Merton, the celebrated Trappist monk and writer. Fewer still knew them both. But Jim Forest, a former Catholic...

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