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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 7, July

Almost Heaven: We Pray for God's Kingdom to Come, but We Need to Be Doing More to Get It Here
DESCRIBE HEAVEN AS YOU IMAGINE IT TO BE. THIS was easier when we were children. Back then I was sure what my heaven would be like: a place near the ocean where it was never too cold to swim. The everlasting beach had a refreshment stand where the ice...
A Pilgrim's Way Home: Twenty-Five Years after Archbishop Romero's Assassination, One Salvadorena Visits People and Places That Carry on His Message
ON THE EVENING OF MARCH 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador was shot and killed while celebrating Mass in the chapel on the grounds of Divine Providence hospital. His enemies rejoiced while the poor of El Salvador wept. Now,...
Daughters of India: Church-Funded Self-Help Groups Are Changing Women's Lives on the Subcontinent
The concrete box of a building that serves as a school, community gathering place, and safe house in case of natural disaster is brightened by a rainbow of silk saris worn by the 50 or so women crowded into the small, airless room. Their bangles jangle,...
Faith in Conversation
"I think the world needs Jews. We have something that is unique to us that we have taught and lived and died for, and it deserves to continue." Rabbi Herman Schaalman is both an ardent advocate of his Jewish tradition and a 50-year veteran of the sometimes...
Feedback
Q: The worst example I've ever seen of someone being disrespectful at Mass was ... Talking across the aisle in a loud voice about health issues that are too personal to mention in U.S. CATHOLIC. Charlie Dusterhoff Silver Spring, Md. Many...
How Much Are We Fighting for? with Recruitment and Reenlistment Numbers Sinking, Are Bonuses and Death Benefits Really Bribes to Buy the Bodies of the Poor?
WHAT IS A POUND OF FLESH WORTH? IN Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, the wealthy Antonio secures a loan of 3,000 ducats by putting up 16 ounces of his skin and bones as collateral, and his friend Bassanio offers Shylock 10 times as much to redeem...
Let's Put the Eucharist to Work: With a Name like "Communion," It Seems Obvious That Eucharist Shouldn't Be a Private Experience. Robert J. McClory Takes a Look at Parishes Living out Jesus' Command to "Do This in Memory of Me."
IS THE EUCHARIST WORKING? IT MAY seem a strange question, but it's one that is worth asking, especially this year, the Year of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church. Some have been claiming for a long time that the Eucharist is not working because...
Mass Action
I admit it. I'm a liturgist--you know, one of those people who argue about whether we should stand or kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer, where the altar belongs in the church, and whether the Blessed Sacrament should have a chapel of its own or be placed...
Mind Your Manners, Massgoers: From Pre-Liturgy Gabbing to Bare Midriffs to Cheerios Strewn All over the Floor, Some of Our Fellow Worshipers Could Take a Lesson from Emily Post
"WHAT'S THE BUZZ?" MAY BE A FINE AND feisty 21st-century greeting, but it's also a question you can often hear old-time Catholics--those who were trained in proper church etiquette in ancient days by black-habited nuns--whisper to each other as they...
One Day at a Time: A Down-and-Out Irishman Inspires Miracles as a Patron Saint for the Sober-Minded
ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SPRING, IN THE FADING light of a church sacristy, a friend told me he was going away for a few weeks. And he needed me to know why. "I'm an alcoholic," he said quietly. He was heading to a treatment center in the Midwest. ...
Portraits of Another Time
Along, long time well before cell phones could take ago, pictures, prior to the development of photography in general, portrait artists captured how people looked with oil on canvas. The really good portrait artists also revealed something of their...
Return of the Son of NAFTA: The Central American Free Trade Agreement Is a Sequel That's Really Scary
IF YOUR YOUTH WAS, LIKE MINE, FOOLISHLY SQUANDERED in front of the boob tube after school--in the era just before reruns ruined afternoon television--you got to see some of early Hollywood's great and not-so-great films. You probably even got a chance...
Rx for Reconciliation
EARLY IN HIS MEDICAL TRAINING, DR. ERIC SUBA learned something that has haunted him since: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in developing countries. From his own work, he knew that cervical cancer could easily...
War Bonds: How Can We Just Go about Our Normal Lives and Practice Our Faith in a Time of War?
SEVERAL YEARS AGO I ATTENDED A LECTURE AT THE Boston Carmelite monastery on the Carmelite martyrs of World War II. When the speaker opened the discussion, a woman, who had been a child in the 1940s, commented that it was not until that day that she...
What Catholics under 30 Are Doing Right: While Many in the Church Bemoan the Younger Generations, Plenty of 20-Somethings Are Working to Bring about the Kingdom of God
In Catholic circles, there's one group that is much maligned and little appreciated. But it's a group that I have been blessed to work and pray with for many years. They are some of God's most inspiring friends who get from our church neither a lifetime...
Will the Real Mary Magdalene Please Stand Up?
The popularity of The Da Vinci Code has spawned endless speculation about whether there's a kernel of truth in this work of fiction: Did Jesus and Mary Magdalene have a "relationship" in the romantic sense? While there's nothing in scripture that...