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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 11, November

Altar Ego: A Candle and a Few Religious Knickknacks on a Bookshelf Can Help Personalize Our Prayer Lives. Why Should the Only Religious Art and Altars Be in Churches?
WHILE WAITING IN LINE TO PAY FOR MY vintage linens at an estate sale, I spied a table with the sign: "Religious items: Free." My bargain-hunting radar immediately went off and I stepped out of line to check it out. Clearly the family whose house was...
Basic Training: Catholic College Students Get Schooled in Peace and Protest at the Annual School of the Americas Vigil
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] "Close it down!" Patrick Eccles, a Loyola University Chicago chaplain, shouted to a group of 50 Loyola students about to embark on a trip to Columbus, Georgia to protest the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA). "Close...
Degrees of Diversity: Today's College Graduations Paint a Multicultural Picture, but True Diversity Is Not Just about Statistics. It Means Embracing Our Differences, Just like Jesus Did
As a proud Catholic university president, graduation is always my favorite day of the year. I love seeing the faces of the graduates as they accept their diplomas. I am proud of our faculty who sit in attendance watching their own hard work cross the...
Do Catholic Universities Make the Grade? We All Love to Cheer for Catholic Colleges and Universities, but It Takes More Than One Way of Being a Catholic University to Educate Today's Students
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HOW CATHOLIC SHOULD A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY be? "As Catholic as possible" is the proper answer, but what that means will vary from institution to institution. Consider these different approaches: The Thomas More College of Liberal...
Escape Artists: Films Depicting the Horrors of POW Camps Once Showcased the Cruelties of Our Enemies, but Now the Focus Has Shifted to Our Own Atrocities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LAST JULY 4 HOLLYWOOD RELEASED RESCUE DAWN (Gibraltar Films), a patriotic wartime adventure about the real-life exploits of a courageous and highly decorated U.S. naval officer. It seems ironic that director Werner Herzog's...
How Does a Person Become a Saint?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the events surrounding the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square took up the chant of "santo"--"saint." It was an interesting moment, because John Paul had used the official procedure...
Is This the Best We Can Do? Cut the Corny Videos and Dance Moves. Both Religious Educators and Parents Need to Step Up to the Plate If They Want to Pass the Faith onto the Younger Generation
One of the rites of passage for Catholic parents of children preparing to receive the sacraments is a form of forced catechesis known as the "mandatory parent meeting." Over the last year I've attended two of these, one for First Reconciliation and...
Lessons in Education
At Xavier University, the Catholic, Jesuit institution from which I graduated in May of 2006, a variety of religious experiences informed my education. Theology classes in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; exposure to Catholic social justice issues;...
More Than Words: Rather Than Threaten Our Christian Faith, Exploring the Language and Spiritual Practices of Other Religious Traditions May Instead Make Us Better Catholics
THE BISHOP OF BRUDEN IN THE NETHERLANDS, MARTINUS Petrus Maria Muskens (who goes by "Tiny"), shocked the religious world as summer ended with a daring suggestion. "Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will...
No More CARE Packages: Instead of Dumping Grain in Poverty-Stricken Regions, We Should Be Investing Cash
BAGS OF WHEAT OR RICE, STAMPED "U.S.A." AND pitched onto a dockyard or piled to an impressive height on a warehouse pallet is among the imagery that typically accompanies hunger emergencies in the developing world. For decades the accepted response...
Peace Professor: Judy Mayotte Knows Hardship, Both Her Own and That of Refugees, but She Teaches Hope
Traveling to war zones and meeting with refugees from the grimmest spots in the world, Judy Mayotte always had one question nagging her: "How do you get ahead of wars and keep them from happening in the first place?" Now that her work is in the...
Tax Reform: A Visit from the Incarnate Auditor Is a Great Opportunity to Balance One's Spiritual Books
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT COULD BE done? A rich man manages to squeeze through the needle's eye! This feat impresses even Jesus, who declares, "Today salvation has come to this house." We're talking about Zacchaeus, the most...
The Lives of Others
THE LIVES OF OTHERS Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Sony Pictures Classics, 2007) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Unlike George Orwell's nightmarish parable about a future totalitarian state, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's (subtitled)...
Theology
THEOLOGY Sinead O'Connor (Koch Records, 2007) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An album of biblical psalms and prophecies might be the last thing you'd expect from the Irish pop singer Sinead O'Connor. She's still best known as the singer who, during a...
Turkeys Gobble, Families Squabble: Does Your Thanksgiving Dinner Need a Side of Olive Branch?
A FAMILY WEDDING IS USUALLY A HAPPY AND HOLY occasion. But my husband, a wedding photographer, can attest that the occasion can also stir up as much dread as an Alfred Hitchcock movie. He has learned to ask the bride and groom in advance whether...
Vocational School: An Interview with Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F.: Having Taught in and Studied Seminaries for 20 Years, Katarina Schuth Sizes Up the Changes in Today's Seminaries and the Men They Are Forming for the Priesthood
An interview with Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F. Karatina Schuth didn't set out to study seminaries. With a doctoral degree in cultural geography, she had researched literacy in rural India, taught at a Minnesota college, and studied moral theology....
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