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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 10, October

Accentuate the Positive
An examination of conscience that yields only verdicts of guilty is a hindrance, not a help, to spiritual growth. IN MOST RELIGIONS, AND CERTAINLY IN CATHOLICISM, spiritual growth requires a small bag of holy tools for folks to build the religious...
Apostle to the Apostles
Rather than passing over last July 22's Feast of Saint Mary of Magdala with a brief mention on a church calendar or in a weekday Mass, nearly 100 worshiping communities across the country held prayer services devoted to remembering the first witness...
Canceling the Debt Would Do a World of Good
Poor countries' unpayable debts should be canceled during this Jubilee year, argues Jo Marie Griesgraber, so resources can be used to meet their own peoples' needs. Christians will have to raise their voice on behalf of all the poor of the world,...
Catholic Tastes
ALTAR BOY STRIKE An interesting tidbit in the background of the recent baseball umpires' strike fiasco was noted by the New York Times (August 5, 1999): Richie Phillips, the combative and unpopular leader of the Major League Umpires Association, got...
Feedback
Q: Would you say canceling Third World debt--of all possible strategies--is one of the most important steps toward reducing a number of world problems, including hunger, inadequate health care, and illegal immigration? Certainly it is an important...
Friends in Deed
Thanks to Father Pedro Opeka, the "Good Friends' association is helping the people, of Madagascar build a new life. CROWDS OF children swarm around the tall, bearded figure of Father Pedro Opeka wherever he goes. As he strides along the dusty street,...
Has the Church Been in the Family's Way
Despite all the talk of "Christian family values," a look at our tradition reveals that until quite recently, the family has not been at the core but rather at the periphery of Christian concerns. In the past few years the phrase "Christian family...
In It for the Long Run
Seven ways to foster the holiness of the long-distance runner When running first became popular in the 70s, observers asked in wonder, "Why do you run?" People's first answers were usually pragmatic: to stay healthy, to lose weight, to avoid heart...
In the End, a Mother's Love
As the new millennium approaches, the Virgin Mary stands as "an inspiration to more people than any other woman who ever lived." Millennium approaches. Ah, America! What other culture could make the Apocalypse seem as ordinary as a Happy Meal? As...
It's a Poor World, after All
The church has something to say about the dilemmas of development. JESUS SAID THE POOR WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE WITH US. Some people have found this observation heartening. He also said some things about rich people and a camel and a needle or something;...
Jesus Gets out of Line
WHAT MOST people remember about the Book of Jonah in the Hebrew Bible is that Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish, an analogy for death and rebirth not overlooked by the gospel writers when speaking of Jesus' Resurrection. But the...
Letters
Refrigerator wisdom THIS MORNING I WAS BEMOANING A 45-MINUTE FLIGHT delay to a co-worker. Then I asked how her weekend went. She said her 22-year-old cousin was killed. A gunshot. Talk about putting things into proper perspective quickly. My petty...
Lost in America
With such automotive advances as high-tech navigational systems and in-car video players becoming kings of the road, Patrick McCormick wonders whether human progress may be taking a wrong turn. You know, the nearer your destination, The more you're...
Mccormick's Quick Takes
Notting Hill (Universal Studios: 1999) Can an American superstar (Anna Scott) with Julia Roberts' megawatt smile find happiness with a shy British bookstore owner (William Thacker) with Hugh Grant's toothy, self-effacing grin? More to the point,...
Prayer Freshener
When those lofty spiritual thoughts run up against the smells and stains of the real world, what's a Christian to do? As Kathy Coffey goes looking for tie answer, she finds her faith between a hyacinth and a laundry pile. ON A DAY IN LATE FEBRUARY,...
Supersize It?
Can our Catholic churches compete with today's megachurches? And should they? BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER. OR IS IT? IT'S EASY ENOUGH to debunk the good old conventional wisdom by asking what exactly is being measured. If the subject for discussion...
There's Something about MARY
Veneration of the Blessed Mother has been a central characteristic of the Catholic tradition. Noted theologian Lawrence Cunningham sketches out some fundamental elements for a renewed, contemporary Marian devotion. What generalizations could one...
What Would Buddha Do?
WWJD -- There are probably only seven people left in America who still don t know that these letters stand for What Would Jesus Do?" These four words represented by the shorthand WWJD have become a fad rivaling hula hoops, pet rocks, and Beanie Babies....
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