U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 4, April

Coming Home to Roost: So Your Son Graduated from College, Can't Find a Job, and Needs a Place to Live-What's a Parent to Do?
The first time Mark Bolich Jr. stayed out all night, he faced his not-too-happy parents the next morning. "You could have called," they admonished him. "You could have sent us a text message. We were worried about you." If Bolich were a high-school...
Crows
CROWS Allison Moorer (Rykodisc, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last night I warned a college writing class against assuming that the "speaker" of a poem was in fact the poet. But it's hard to ignore the life behind Allison Moorer's art. Moorer...
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The best way the Catholic Church in the United States can address issues of war and peace is by ... Living nonviolently and speaking out, but with R.O.T.C. all over Catholic universities, the dollar speaks louder than truth. Sue Malone Westborough,...
Fire Starter: Chiara Lubich's Vision of Warmth and Friendship Has Sparked Dialogue among People of Many Faiths
DURING THE HORRORS OF WORLD War II, Chiara Lubich lived with a group of young women companions in Trent, Italy. "While in the air-raid shelter, we came upon the page of the gospel which speaks of the testament of Jesus: 'May they all be one, Father,...
For God So Loved the Cosmos: When the Word Became Flesh, All Creation Was Drawn into the Divine Embrace
In our day concerns about ecology are rising. Climate change, pollution, and extinction of plant and animal species make us question harmful human treatment of the natural world. One religious response has been to focus on the doctrine of creation....
For-Prophet Motives
In 1982, when the German theology school where I was studying hired a new Old Testament professor, my friend Thomas and I were assigned to interview him for our student newspaper. We had a very interesting conversation, but as our allotted time came...
Go outside and Play: Falls and Fresh Air Can Teach Kids the Most Important Lessons of Faith and Life
"IF YOU WANT PEACE, CULTIVATE CREATION," POPE BENEDICT XVI said in his 2010 World Day of Peace reflection, arguably a message not just for the new year but for the new decade. With one sentence Benedict adroitly tied together a gang of the major preoccupations...
Help I Need Someday: When Assisting Others, We All Know You Shouldn't Let Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Is Doing. but What about When You're the One Who Could Use a Hand?
Scripture passages that we heard as children sometimes make very deep impressions that do not diminish over time. In my case, one of the big ones was, "When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving...
Is It a Sin to Drive an SUV?
Gas-guzzlers aren't generally chic in Catholic circles. These days many of us are wondering whether we can drive one with a clear conscience. But is it a sin? Simply defined, to sin is to say "no" to God. It is a rejection of God's free gifts as...
Let's Drop the Bomb: The Time Is Now for the Church to Speak Forcefully on Total Nuclear Disarmament
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NATIVE TEXAN, I WAS ORDAINED A PRIEST OF THE DIOCESE of Amarillo in 1946. For all but three of the following years my assignments as a priest were within 17 miles of the Pantex facility, located northeast of Amarillo. Pantex,...
Lost and Found: Death and Life Often Travel Hand in Hand on the Christian Journey
MY BROTHER'S SON AND HIS WIFE JUST HAD their first baby, a little boy. His name is Colin David, David being my brother, who died of cancer when his son was only 3 years old. Two years ago these two young people were almost killed in a car accident...
Our Lady of Waste Management: Parishes Are Finding That Reducing Their Carbon Footprint Is Not Only an Environmental Issue but a Spiritual One, Too
Parishioners at Mary Immaculate Church in East Los Angeles meet monthly in convivencias, or town hall meetings, to discuss parish initiatives. Last autumn, when they learned water bottles annually are sent to U.S. landfills, their vote on what the...
Picturing the End: While Entertaining, Post-Apocalyptic Movies about Death and Depravity Have Their Theology All Wrong
READERS OF THE Bible might have found themselves thinking about the first chapters of Genesis when watching last year's biggest movie. James Cameron's 3-D blockbuster, Avatar (20th Century Fox), dropped 21st century audiences into a mystical Eden called...
Religious by Nature: A Franciscan Environmental Activist Recycles Some Ancient Traditions for Modern Use
The editors interview Keith Douglas Warner, O.F.M. Hundreds of years before the environmental movement, St. Francis of Assisi recognized God in creation and changed his life. Today one of his spiritual sons, Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., is encouraging...
The Beloved Gospel? of the Four Gospels, John Is Decidedly the Odd Man Out-As Is His Version of Jesus
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN AN ENTIRELY UNSCIENTIFIC POLL I'VE BEEN CONDUCTING for the last 20 years, I've noticed a sea change in the way Catholics relate to Jesus. Whenever I teach around the country from the New Testament, I ask for a show of hands...
The Young Victoria
THE YOUNG VICTORIA Directed by Jean Marc Valine (Apparition, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stories about Queen Elizabeth I make extraordinary drama because her reign shattered the patriarchal myth that ruling a kingdom was a man's job. But...
What's Your Sign? Though the Cross Reigns over Good Friday, Easter's Mystery Needs a Symbol of Its Own
I DON'T USUALLY THINK OF JESUS' CRUCIFIXION WHEN PASSING the sweets table, but there it was: A big rich dark chocolate cake adorned with white sugary latticework in the shape of--you guessed it--a cross. It wasn't completely out of place, since...
Who Are You Calling a Saint: In 1966 U.S. Catholic Visited Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker in New York
TO SAY THAT DOROTHY DAY IS A SAINT IS TO RUN THE risk of boring people," wrote Bruce Cook in the April 1966 issue of U.S. CATHOLIC. In the second installment of his 10,000-word, two-part article on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement she co-founded,...
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