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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 12, December

12 Better Ways to Be Married with Children
Sometimes we tend to think wistfully of the "good old days" when we had more leisure time to spend together at home. My mother was home, but she never had any leisure time. She had four children and only a wringer washer. Diapers were cloth and had...
A Good Act to Follow
THE ELDERLY SISTER looked askance at me as she held my resume in her hand. She was interviewing me for yet another church job, and I could tell it wasn't going well already by the way she kept turning over the pages with an air of disbelief. I look...
A System Sick at Heart
Is health care a human right or a commodity offered to the highest bidder? A MODEL OF PASTORAL COURAGE THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, Chicago's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin embraced his final days with a grace and composure few who witnessed it will ever forget....
Babes in Arms
Is there a future for the child fighters of Sierra Leone? With more than six years of frontline fighting experience, T.S. is a seasoned soldier. During raids of villages along the border of his country, he has "killed so many, mostly soldiers,"...
Do You Take Your Values Christmas Shopping?
U.S. CATHOLIC readers buck the holiday hype and remember the "reason for the season" when deciding what to put under the Christmas tree. WHAT PARENTS DOESN'T want to, make their children's wishes come true at Christmas, to see their little eyes...
Let's Make Up for Christmas
'Tis the season to forgive and forget. IS THIS IS WRITTEN, CHRISTMAS CARDS, GIFT STICKERS, and other paraphernalia for that feast-day celebration are beginning to arrive in the mail. (And what similar messages must be flooding the Internet is a...
Life Happens
About the only, thing that's predictable about life is that it's unpredictable. Bad things happen to good people, interruptions compromise our best-laid plans, and experience falls short of expectations. But, like Job, we can learn an essential truth:...
McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES
The Red Violin (Lions Gate Films, 1999) Can artifacts carry our dreams? In Francois Girard's lushly scored film about the 300-year pilgrimage of an exquisitely crafted violin, it's hard to imagine that some of the instrument's plaintive resonance...
Odds & Ends
"Twas the night before Christmas.... You remember the rest of this poem or a good part of"A Visit from Saint Nicholas." That's the official title of this poem, although it's perhaps better known by its first line. Few people know its author, however....
Should We Plan Liberalism's Funeral?
The "L word" has meant the kiss of death for presidential politicians lately, but liberalism also seems to be falling out of favor among some U.S. Catholics. At a recent forum on "The Crisis of Liberal Catholicism," even self-described liberals voiced...
Social Justice Is a Full-Time Job
Social-ministry advocates are barking up the wrong tree when they push after-hours, volunteer activism over on-the-job justice work. The Catholic social tradition is "a central and essential element of our faith," said the U.S. Catholic bishops...
Sole Child
What better patron for our children at risk than the Holy Child of Atocha? ONCE AGAIN IT'S CHRISTMASTIME, WHEN JESUS comes as a child. It's a time of relief, really, when the awesome Christ the King gives way to an approachable, inarticulate infant....
Someone to Watch over Me
When Dickens' ghost of Chrismas future makes a haunted house call, it's really a tiding of comfort and joy. So says Patrick McCormick, who points out that great lessons--and great love--have an uncanny power to reach beyond the grave. ONE OF LIFE'S...
The Gift of Guadalupe
To understand Our Lady of Guadalupe--the powerful story of the 16th-century apparition of Mary to the Indian Juan Diego outside what is now Mexico City--Jeanette Rodriguez says we must first enter into the experience of near-annihilation that the indigenous...
What Child Is This?
Christmas Day of the year of the Lord 2000. Two thousand years of the reality of the Incarnation of God in human flesh, the coming of the holy into our midst, the poor son of Mary and her husband, Joseph, son of God and son of Man, firstborn of all...

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