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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 3, March

A Sayles Pitch
In an era when the content of many Hollywood films has been stripped to the bone, writer and director John Sayles stands as a bulwark for thick plots and intricate characters. A maverick filmmaker, Sayles prides himself on novelistic movies, not special...
Don't Slam the Lid on the Melting Pot
With the possible exception of the "race card," has any current topic of discussion been more demagogued than the issue of immigration? The answer to this rhetorical question can be found in the way that a terribly complex problem is oversimplified...
Do Others Mind Your Manners?
VISITORS TO THE GROUNDS OF NEW College at England's Oxford University pass under a stately iron gate featuring this grillwork advice: Manners maketh the man. Even after an appropriate update to: Manners maketh the person, it's a thought-provoking,...
Good Neighbor Joe
American Catholics, especially Chicagoans, will think of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin this March 19, his patron saint's feast. Myriad memories of the cardinal, dead a quarter of a year now, linger lovingly. I remember my last visit with Cardinal...
Have Rosary, Will Travel
There is a photo of my then-fiance lying, wiped out, on the loading ramp to a 17-foot rental truck, jam-packed with all my belongings. Michael had come to bring me home after my year away at grad school. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we'd spent all...
Let's Not Gang Up on Our Kids
Laws based on stereotyping and guilt by association are being passed in the name of crime prevention. Laws that seemed impossible after the McCarthy era now encourage discriminatory and arbitrary law enforcement. Many of these laws are being found...
RCIA: The Rite Way to Welcome New Catholics
A new wave of congregants, including spouses, immigrants, and those seeking spiritual renewal, are finding a home within the Catholic Church. Tim Unsworth introduces some new family members and tells how the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults keeps...
Ritual Rewards: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
By means of the funeral rites it has been the practice of the church, as a tender mother, not simply to commend the dead to God but also to raise high the hope of its children and to give witness to its own faith in the future resurrection of the...
The Crosses Catholics Bear for Lent: Seven Christians Tell How They Make the Most of the Lenten Season
When I was young, I remember watching the clock on Good Friday afternoon. It didn't matter whether the sun sparkled amid deep blueness or was buried beneath clouds and rain, when the second hand signaled 3 o'clock on the dot, I expected thunder to shake...
Thy Kingdom Has Come
Something that once bothered me about Christianity--and must have bothered plenty of other Christians--was the way those who were close to Jesus talked about the end of the world coming any minute. When I first read the New Testament straight through,...

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