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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 10, October

Can a Catholic Receive Communion in a Protestant Church?
You are at the wedding of a beloved family member or friend, which is taking place at a Lutheran church. You gladly accepted the invitation to celebrate this happy day with the bride and groom. But then there is a call to come to the table of the Lord's...
Eating Is Believing: What You Put on Your Plate Says Somethin8 about the Kind of Person You Are, Says This Catholic Gourmet Chef and Reality TV Star
The editors interview Chef Kevin Gillespie Kevin Gillespie comes from a long line of Southerners: "My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are all from the South," he says. They hail specifically from the Appalachian...
Follow the Leader: In the Old Testament, Judges, Kings, Priests, and Prophets All Took a Turn Leading Their People
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE threw a pie in your face on your birthday? What if it became traditional to send Mama a copy of Mommie Dearest on the second Sunday in May, or to bring your sweetheart to see Fatal Attraction on Valentine's Day? You might...
Food for Thought
Our friend Steve was visiting when I brought home a 25-pound box of tomatoes from the farmers market in late September. He eyed the box excitedly and asked what I planned to do with them. "Probably make and freeze a lot of sauce, maybe some soup, and...
I'm Open: Grace Follows Us around, but Sometimes We Have to Get into the Right Position to Receive It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the poet Chaucer's day--that is, 14th-century England--April came with shoots, buds, and singing birds, the air tinged with the sweet breath of zephyr winds. It was then that folks rose from a long winter sleep with thoughts...
Let's Stop Ignoring Domestic Violence: It's Time for Parishes to Help Battered Spouses and Their Children Step out of the Shadows and Get the Assistance They Need
NOT LONG AGO JUAN AND CARMEN CAME TO SEE me to register for the baptism of their third child. I had officiated at their wedding 10 years before. When I asked them how they were getting along, Carmen (whose name, like the other examples in this article,...
Neon Blue Bird
NEON BLUE BIRD Ollabelle (Thirty Tigers, 20]]) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the first track of the new Ollabelie album, a clavinet, sounding like an electrified mouth harp, hacks out a riff that echoes "Rag Mama Rag" by The Band. It's a promising...
Neverending Stories: The Joy and Wonder of Reading to Your Children Last Long Past "Happily Ever After."
LAST NIGHT MY DAUGHTER AND I SET SAIL AGAIN WITH Lucky Jack Aubrey, willy captain in His Majesty's Navy, harasser of Napoleon on the high seas. Now, wounded during Britain's war of 1812 with the United States, he's a prisoner aboard the U.S.S. Constitution....
Paint Job: One Artist Uses Her Brush Strokes to Help Hospice Patients Find the Peace and Beauty That Is God
The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." For Catholic artist Jo Myers Walker this means that in the act of creating art, true beauty will emerge...
Personality Disorder: If Corporations Are People, Compassion for Others Is Missing from Their Makeup
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACCORDING TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, CORPORATIONS are persons. If so, they are certainly not compassionate, righteous, or even very human persons. At least that seems to be the theme of a number of recent films exploring the...
Road Tripped: Life's Unexpected Twists and Turns Need Time to Reveal the Lessons They Offer
MOWING THE GRASS DOESN'T RANK HIGH ON the list of major life events, but when the left leg and arm of the person working next to you suddenly stop functioning properly, you realize pretty quickly that some major life events--maybe the most significant...
Starved for Attention: With Billions in Aid on the Chopping Block, Who Is Looking out for the World's Poor?
THE FIRST HARD NUMBERS EMERGING OUT OF THE famine in Somalia are staggering: Between May and August, U.S. aid officials estimate that more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 died in southern Somalia alone. The famine threatens 12 million in the...
Urban Planting: Armed with Soil and Seeds, Catholics in Blighted Cities Are Taking Social Justice into Their Own Hands
In Camden, New Jersey a jumble of railroad tracks, freeways, and abandoned factories lace through the Waterfront South area on the Delaware River just across from Philadelphia. During heavy rains, a nearby wastewater treatment plant frequently leaks...
Where Do Babies Come from? Desperate to Become Parents, Some Catholics Are Looking at Science to Help Them Conceive-Despite Church Teaching against the Process
When Erik Zimmerman comes home at night, his 9-year-old son Oscar asks him how the day went and what he had for lunch. Oscar is a compassionate boy who's good at sports, says Zimmerman, who lives in Cincinnati. Indeed, the proud father says, "He's...
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