U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 3, March

10 Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life
Whether you're a novice or a novice master, a regular to rote prayer or a connoisseur of contemplation, here are ten ways to help you cultivate a good conversation with God. In this fast-paced world of ours, we are accustomed to shortcuts, good...
Blessed Are the Beatniks
Long before the current craze of metal objects piercing ears, noses, tongues, navels, and even more adventurous parts of the anatomy, prior to the long hair, love beads, and peace signs of 1960s hippiehood, the Beat Generation raised eyebrows in the...
Can Nicaragua Emerge from the Storms of Its Past?
The road from Chinandega to the Honduran border comes to an abrupt end in a hill rise over the largest of the flood-demolished bridges that line the east-west highway out of Managua. When you reach the Hato Grande River, a small power launch carries...
Catholic Tastes
Amazing disgrace Almost 40 years ago, as a teenager, Don Wycliffe listened to a recording of the "Missa Luba" --African voices singing the Latin liturgy and African-language hymns. "They made me want to move, to clap, to shout, to sing along in...
Communion
a short story They are wrong when they say it doesn't hurt. Mark had heard that somewhere, that it didn't hurt. That one was so distraught, so disassociated, that it didn't hurt. They were wrong. It hurt. The first wound was worst, that was true....
Eat, Drink, and Be Blessed
LITERALLY, THE WORD BENEDICTION MEANS "to speak well." Liturgically, it names a Roman Catholic sacramental centered on the worship of Christ present under the form of eucharistic bread. Catholics born before the Second Vatican Council will remember...
Hate Makes Waste
FIRST THE GOOD NEWS. THERE WERE FEWER major crimes in the United States during 1998 for the seventh consecutive year. A single major crime is, of course, one too many, but the continuing reduction in such crimes, as reported by the U.S. Department...
How the Church Has Learned to Say, "I'm Sorry"-
Third in a 10-part series on church history Appearing before South Africa's ruth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), an apartheidera police officer faced the survivors of families whose murders he had ordered. "I can never undo what I have done,"...
How U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Pass the Plate Around
Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore Of nicely calculated less or more. --William Wordsworth THERE ARE SO MANY CAUSES worth supporting. From soup kitchens to building homes, there are 600,000 charities and foundations in the United...
Interfaith Marriages Can Be Harbingers of Peace
I AM IMPRESSED AND INSPIRED by Marianne Comfort's well-written article, "Two faiths are better than none," in the January issue. From intriguing headline and opening paragraph to final sidebar, it is compellingly written and designed, flowing swiftly...
Let's Make a Show of Lent
Christmas films reinforce the values often overlooked in the consumer clutter. Easter has sweeping epics worthy of the Resurrection. Even Groundhog Day has its own movie. Patrick McCormick suggests that we give the holiest season of the year its cinematic...
Monday Deserves Your Sunday Best
Archbishop Rembert Weakland says that if going to Mass doesn't shake you up and cause you to reevaluate your life once in a while, then Mass hasn't done its job. He should know: He once said Mass in the private chapel of one of the world's wealthiest...
Pfleger Faces Down the Philistines
Under its maverick pastor, a Chicago parish has successfully baffled neighborhood drug dealers, powerful business interests, and trash TV. Come here to me, and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. --Goliath...
The I of the Storm
I vacation every year with my family; more than 20 of us in all. We're the group making noise in otherwise quiet restaurants and public places. Like the time we crossed Lake Champlain on a ferry boat. The water was rough. No big deal for the other...
Three Mile Islands to Go before We Sleep
A REALLY BIG "FOR SALE" SIGN WENT UP ON a piece of American history awhile back. After over a year on the block, Three Mile Island (TMI) has been sold. I should clarify: That portion of TMI, the Unit 1 reactor, which didn't reach meltdown and nearly...