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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 6, June

All Fired Up: Like the Family Hearth, the Holy Spirit Is the Church's Bright Center, Inviting All of Us to Come Closer to One Another
I'M IN NO POSITION TO CRITICIZE LEO THE GREAT. AFTER all, he was a pope and a Doctor of the Church, and people don't call you "the Great" for nothing. But Leo once wrote something that is not quite true--or if it were true in his own time, it is certainly...
Balancing Acts
One of my German mother's favorite and most I frequently repeated words of wisdom is about the need to balance Tun (doing or action) with Nichts-tun (doing nothing or relaxation) in your life. Of late she's been a bit worried about the extent of the...
Can Laypeople Wear Vestments at Church?
While Catholics are accustomed to seeing priests and deacons in colored robes of green, purple, and red, the sight of a layperson in simple white can be bit of a shock. In some places, though, the vesting of laypeople is par for the liturgical course....
Dynamic Duo
PAT AND PATTY CROWLEY WILL ALWAYS BE PAT-and Patty to me--individuals but inseparable--even though I only came to know them through Patty alone. Pat died in 1974, shortly after my wife and I joined the Christian Family Movement. We didn't know then...
Family Night Gets Whacked: Though Sunday Is "Family Day" in Many Homes, Families Shouldn't Look to Sunday Night TV for Guidance
WHEN I WAS A CHILD FAMILIES GATHERED around their TV sets on Sunday nights to watch Bonanza and The Ed Sullivan Show. The current generation of American households has spent the last seven years tuning in to The Sopranos and more recently The West...
Flag Daze: Oh Say Can You See the Red, White, and Green? Let's Wave-Off Immigration Hysteria
SCREAMING EAGLE EMBLEM AMIABLY WAVED IN street demonstrations all over the country recently, but this flagging eagle didn't make Americans' chests swell with pride; it made a lot of their faces contort in anger. Turns out it was the wrong eagle. Not...
Go in Peace: Rituals for the Dying
Much has been written about death and dying, particularly the stages of the process, including the physical, mental, and emotional responses accompanying end-of-life issues. There is much less information about how to attend spiritually to those entering...
How Much Help Is a Helping Hand? One Woman Discovers the Power-And Limits-Of Charity
Anthony calls when there's trouble. It's Christmas; his mother is short of cash and faces eviction. I write a $500 check and call the landlord to ask that he wait for her next paycheck for the rest. I've known the family since Anthony was 7, and I...
Inside Man
INSIDE MAN Directed by Spike Lee (Universal, 2006) Heist films come in two flavors: films noirs like The Asphalt Jungle and Dog Day Afternoon in which the well-laid plans of a crew of thieves unravel and implode, and cunning capers like To Catch...
I Should've Told You So: If You Think Your Daughter's Fiance Is a Future Felon, Should You Speak Your Mind or Hold Your Tongue? Don't Clam Up but Proceed with Caution, Advise the Experts
Ellen and Barrett are engaged to be married, and their families are happy about it. Both of them have been engaged before, though, and both families had problems with the former fiances. "My folks didn't trust her," Barrett says. "My folks hated him!"...
Move over, Disney World: A Billionaire's Quest for a Catholic Magic Kingdom Raises the Question What Makes a Town Catholic?
CHICAGO IS, I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY, A "CATHOLIC town." Much of its history and culture and even architecture has roots in the waves of Catholic immigrants who made their marks on the city's neighborhoods and institutions. That influence may have...
My Dear Diarist: Many Secrets Are Revealed in a Diary, Only Some of Which Are Written Down
People get lost in big families. Their histories get lost, too--report cards and prizes, artwork from elementary school, snapshots never taken because there was no camera or no time to record the pictorial history of the many in the press of daily...
Off to a Bad Start: Original Sin Is a Dark Reality of Human Nature, but Something Light and Lovely Has an Even Greater Power
I'm ashamed to admit it. Garage sales bring Out the worst in me. Not as a buyer, but as a seller. A while back my wife and I participated in our neighborhood's annual garage sale. The weather that day was so beautiful that there was very little...
The Parent Trap
You've heard of the "overscheduled child," no doubt. Family therapist William Doherty is one of the people you can thank for putting a name to that thoroughly modern problem and bringing it into the public lexicon. Watch out, because Doherty has now...
The Real Deal
THE REAL DEAL Billy Joe Shaver (Compadre, 2005) After 40 years in and around country music, The Real Deal by Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is either the capstone of a checkered career--or the beginning of an improbable third act. The...
The Red Carpet Treatment: Whether of Sawdust or Flowers, Corpus Christi Carpets Celebrate the Eucharist
I REMEMBER THE EXCITEMENT OF MAKING MY FIRST HOLY Communion: practicing with Necco wafers, wearing a white dress, veil, and shoes, nervously marching up to the altar with sweaty hands folded in prayer, and closing my eyes, waiting to feel the priest...
Vacation Bible School Goes Catholic
Driving or walking by a church a generation ago and seeing a "Vacation Bible School" sign in front meant one thing: The church was Protestant. It was a sure bet, money in the bank, should anyone have been so foolish to bet otherwise. Not a good...

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