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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 6, June

7 Habits of Highly Effective Mass-Goers: The Secret to Getting the Most out of Mass May Be Easier Than You Think. Try These Seven Simple Steps That Allow the Mass to Do Its Work on You
Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who won't respond? Or tried to dance with someone who won't move? What would happen if the outfielders just stood there and stared as the ball was hit deep into center? In all of these situations,...
A Change in Teaching on Life Support?
Pope John Paul II's statement about the moral obligation to feed and hydrate patients who are in a "persistent vegetative state" has caused a flurry of questions among health care providers, ethicists, and families alike--and no easy answers have been...
Afghanistan: Between Hope and Despair
In a dusty makeshift classroom two-days' journey north of Kabul, Sayida begins her lessons in fifth-grade reading and writing. Her oldest daughter sits beside her--also a student in the fifth grade. "As far as I'm concerned, it's never too late...
Christianity's Eldest Son: An Interview with Father Peter Cho Phan
Ordained a priest in Vietnam, fleeing to the U.S. in April '75 after the fall of Saigon, and finding a job in Texas as a garbage collector before becoming a theology professor art the University of Dallas--Peter Cho Phan is not your typical academic....
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Q: The dangers of overemphasizing God as love are ... We forget his gift of love requires a response from us. Barbara Wyse Buffalo, N.Y. Thinking of God as a kind of Santa Claus without the "you better watch out" part. Father John Ludwig...
Go Ahead, Use Good Judgment: Love Is All Well and Good, but Jean Bethke Elshtain Argues That We Should Be More Diligent about Judging-Fairly and Wisely-Both Situations and People. after All, God Does It
THOMAS JEFFERSON trembled for his nation when he reflected that God was just. Abraham Lincoln saw the American Civil War as visited upon his country by a just God's punishment for the sin of slavery. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of...
Horror Flick?
It's a horror film. The opening scenes immersed in foggy bluish hues take place in the dark of night. The harrowing sound of rattling and scraping chains contribute to the consternation. Characters in silhouette add to the trepidation. Blood and violence...
Look Who's Leading My Funeral: Why I Asked Two Women to Preach and Preside at My Funeral
I HAD A SPECIAL REASON FOR MAKING SOME UNUSUAL funeral plans for myself. I'm 49 years old, but it s not what you think. I'm not dying. Studies show I may be approaching the best decade of my life. Statistics suggest I'll live another two or three decades,...
Not a Prayer to St. Anthony: Advice from the Cleaning Lady Was Just What One Woman Needed to Turn Her Life Around
Ida was the cleaning lady at the medical center. I was the new admission that morning--all 88 pounds of me--trying to crawl out of an alcohol-fueled breakdown. I got tons of visitors as soon as I arrived. My impending crash was obvious to everyone...
Not Coming Soon to a Parish near You
My parents grew up in small neighboring farm towns in northwestern Wisconsin. My mom's hometown, Mondovi (population 2,600), is a 20-mile ride east on Highway 10 from Durand (population 2,000), where my dad grew up. The two towns were rivals; in fact,...
Not What You Bargained For: When We Play "Let's Make a Deal" with Our Image of God, We Inevitably Encounter a Deal-Breaker
MY FRIEND RITA HAS BEEN DOING THE GOD thing for a long time now. She's not what you would call pious, and her lifestyle is surprisingly normal if viewed from the outside. She holds an office job, dates sporadically, has her heart broken but always...
O Father, Where Art Thou? as the Number of Parishes without Resident Priests Increases Every Year, Catholics Are Coping with Surprising Stand-Ins and Creative Solutions
The cornerstones of St. Augustine Parish in Republic, Michigan are round, flaky pie crust pockets crammed with beef, pork, potatoes, and other vegetables. Monthly sales of pasties (pronounced passtees), as the trademark Upper Peninsula culinary creations...
Put Me in, Coach! Most of Us Appreciate It When a Mentor Shows Us the Way to Improvement or Victory. We've Got Sports Coaches and Life Coaches to Help Us along, but Patrick McCormick Insists That the Real MVP of the Coaching Scene Is Christ
WHAT DO ED HARRIS, KURT RUSSELL, AND Julia Roberts have in common? They all played coaches in recent major films. Wait, is that right? Harris was a football coach in Radio, and Russell played a hockey coach in Miracle, but where was Roberts a coach?...
The Kindest Cut of All: Picking Peonies and Giving Away Gladiolas Teaches a Lesson in Generosity
WHEN SHE WAS IN HER 80S, AUNT MIMI CALLED ME. "Come get my pennies, she said. You've got a new garden, and I can't take care of them anyway. My husband and I dug up an orchard of peonies, and they grew into a long hedge. By early summer, we had hundreds...
This Land Is My Land: No Latinos Need Apply to This Internal Clash of Civilizations
WE HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY, AND IT TURNS OUT IT'S us again. That's the latest word from the Anglo-Saxon watchtowers at Harvard where the venerable political theorist Samuel Huntington recently materialized outside his academic hermitage to declare six...
Why Do We Baptize Infants?
An older Jesuit pastor once baptized a baby with the words, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit--like it or not." His funny line captured a deeper truth: The child's parents and godparents were making...