U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, February

Are We Zoning out Sacred Space?
Americans can find paradise without putting up a parking lot--when they begin to see every place as holy ground. One Monday last July, I spent the hour before sunset in Glacier National Park watching in silence the sort of view God and Ansel Adams...
At the Hour of Our Death
In Matthew 25:34-40 Jesus tells us how to put our love for our neighbor in action. The fourth in a series on the Corporal Works of Mercy, U.S. Catholic takes a look at how modern Christians bury the dead. Even death cannot rob us of our fundamental...
Catholic Tastes
OD'd on confessions In recent years, Joseph Parisi, the editor of Poetry magazine, has seen a great increase in submissions of confessional-style poetry. And to tell the truth, he has just about had it. "I really don't want to hear about your...
Cross References
I remember a wooden crucifix that hung in my parent's bedroom. One could slide the top of the crucifix off, stand it in a slot, take the two small candles kept in the inside hollow of the cross, and fix them in holders. There was also a small bottle...
Eucharist
Broken bread make us whole Whatever else the Mass does, more often than not it awakens in us a hunger for love. "In a couple of years, Nick will give us a hard time about this. But right now he goes along and he likes it. Of course, Ellen and...
Grace Notes
When Rita Simo was growing up in the Dominican Republic, her home, like the rest of the town, had neither running water nor electricity. But every Sunday a band played in the park and her neighborhood gathered to listen to and celebrate with music....
Heartaches by the Numbers
Has anyone noticed that we Americans are becoming increasingly hard-hearted? It isn't so much that we seem to be more often hostile to others, particularly those less fortunate than we, but that significantly we have become indifferent to others. "That's...
Manna
One of the last things my mom did was put a loaf of banana bread in the oven. She was good with the old bananas no one would eat, mashing them into something new, adding walnuts or pecans at the end. I remember her long fingers with pearly pink fingernails...
Put Yourself in Their Shoes, Michael
This may constitute professional suicide, considering how popular the guy is (it may even constitute literal suicide; I live in Chicago), but I'd like to propose a boycott of Michael Jordan and all things related to him. That's right, no Bulls tickets...
What Good Came out of Nazareth
Many people have their specially and personally significant passages of scripture, the ones they go back to, read over often, even know by heart. One that is important to me seems, at first sight, very insignificant. It has no obvious moral or spiritual...
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