U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 11, November

A Visit to Grandma
One morning a few years back, I had occasion to call a neighboring parish, the name of which is All Souls. Not having the number handy, I dialed information (this was when real people still answered) and had this exchange with the operator: "I...
Caught in the Cross Currents
It was a flood from hell. Poisonous snakes, pushed out of their holes by raging water, sought refuge on dry earth crowded with traumatized people. People were bitten. Three died. Politicians handed out food to flood victims long enough for a photo...
Dear Tio Sam:
I've made it safely down into southern Mexico to a city called Cuernavaca. Wealthy Mexico City residents escape here when they want a break from the smog and crowds of the big city. The local indigenous people come here too, to beg on the streets...
Forgive Us Our Debts
Would you pay off a debt rather than buy needed medicine for your sick child? That's the choice many nations face in juggling their international debt and their developmental needs. Patrick McCormick examines the growing level of personal debt as...
How Sweet the Sound
"Even though you die, you shall live forever." Those old familiar funeral hymns always arouse in me renewed hope in God's promise. At our parish, Holy Spirit in Columbus, Ohio the hymns were becoming fainter and fainter as the number of singers became...
Let's Not Say Adios to Bilingual Education
A great travesty occurred in California on June 2, 1998. By passing Proposition 227, California's voters elected to terminate bilingual education in their state. It was a sad day for our country because we allowed ill-informed politicians and xenophobic...
Please Pass Down the Faith
Most parents, if asked, can tell you in two words what they want for their children: "the best." But what does "the best" mean when it comes to religious education? The real goal, after all, is to communicate the Catholic faith to the next generation...
Put Your Faith in Politics
Democracy, like any human endeavor, is not perfect. But that doesn't give us permission to turn away in disgust. Christians need to get involved in politics and try to promote the common good. Do you think our Elected representatives are dedicated...
Saints: They Did It Their Way: The Editors Interview Robert Ellsberg
From Thomas Aquinas to Thomas Merton, from Teresa of Avila to Teresa of Calcutta, and from Oscar Romero to Oskar Schindler, Robert Ellsberg tells the stories of men and women throughout the centuries who by their examples have shown us what it means...
The Gifts of Saint Dorothy Day
YOU HAVE SPOKEN OUT STRONGLY IN FAVOR OF CANONIZING DOROTHY DAY HOW IS SHE A SAINT FOR TODAY? Dorothy herself had a tremendous veneration for the saints. Her daily speech and her writings were filled with references to many saints. To her they were...
The Many Ways to Say Good-Bye
It used to be so predictable. A quick trip to purchase a Mass card at the parish rectory or a nearby retreat center armed the mourner with an appropriate expression of sympathy. Some funeral homes had tables near the casket to hold these enveloped...
Three Ways I Keep My Mind on God
Do you find yourself praying for the ability to concentrate better on your prayers? Here are three prayer aids to help you guard against monkey-mind distractions. Anybody who tries faithfully to say his or her prayers has met my problem--distraction....
Through a Glass, Darkly
When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought him a blind man and begged him to touch him. Jesus took the blind man's hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him and asked, `Can you see anything?'...
Why I Won't Thank God for All the Things I Own
When I was a child, my family always attended the Thanksgiving worship service at a church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We listened to sermons and prayed, and we always sang the hymn "Praise to God, Immortal Praise." We thanked God for everything we...
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