U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 10, October

5 Ways to Take the Dread out of Religious Ed
Whether we call it catechism class, CCD, religious education, or catechesis, one thing is sure: It's not just for kids anymore. It was a typical Wednesday evening at the parish church. Gloria Jackson was preparing to meet her sixth-grade class for...
A Different Kind of Obedience
The old joke about Catholics being told to "pray, pay, and obey" takes on a whole different meaning if by obedience you mean refusing to follow a Vatican order. The two are not incompatible for Benedictine Sister Christine Vladimiroff, prioress of...
As It Is Written
Benedictine monks in Minnesota have teamed up with calligraphers at a scriptorium in Wales to create the Saint John's Bible, the first Bible to be written and illustrated entirely by hand in more than 500 years. Warm September sunlight angled through...
As Time Leaps By
ODDS & ENDS It's a busy time of year again. Summer and summer vacation have given way to school schedules. Kids are back in class. Many parish projects and committees, dormant in summertime, have awakened once again. And many offices find new...
Caught Up in the Web
While pregnant with my twin son and daughter six years ago, I asked my Grandma Katie what it was like to give birth to her own boy/girl twins half a century earlier. Did she have any inkling that she was carrying two babies instead of one? And how...
Do U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Put Their Faith in the Web?
With some hesitating more than others, U.S. CATHOLIC readers are venturing out onto the World Wide Web, searching for information--and inspiration. It may be telling that among the saints nominated by U.S. CATHOLIC readers as possible patrons of...
If They Only Had a Heart
Forget the hairy primates in the newest Planet of the Apes remake. Never mind the most menacing alien Steven Spielberg has ever created. What's really creepy is the way human beings relate to the world around them. THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION ISN'T...
Letters
Catholics need facts to vote their faith THE AUGUST INTERVIEW WITH FATHER MICHAEL Baxter, C.S.C. ("In the world but not of it") was thought-provoking, although I was disappointed with at least one of his answers. Baxter claims that Catholics vote...
Mccormick's Quick Takes: Human Truths Stranger Than Fiction
Blade Runner (Columbia, 1982). In Ridley Scott's violent and smoky blend of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and hard-boiled film noir, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is an ex-cop conscripted to hunt down and destroy Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and four other runaway...
Net Gains
Type in "Catholic" on an Internet search engine, and the more than 4 million results are proof that Catholics are a cyberforce to be reckoned with. The lunchtime Ash Wednesday Mass at the university chapel was packed with people, and everyone was...
Other, Where Art Thou?
Each of us ought to take at least one significant step to address the bane of racism. ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVing 16 young boys in my charge. They were wards of the state. I had signed on as a summer camp counselor and then...
Our Murky Freshwater Future
Global warming is burning off the world's water. Why aren't we doing more about it? RESPONDING TO A LOOMING CRISIS IN THE national supply of things to worry about, government hydrologists have tapped into a completely new domestic source of anxiety:...
Power to the People of God
INTERVIEW WITH MARY FAULKNER AND BOB O'GORMAN When Bob O'Gorman and Mary Faulkner sat down to write The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Catholicism, they knew they didn't want a question-and-answer book or simply a summary of the church's...
Sole Man
FOR SOME INSIGHT INTO WHAT MAKES JIM KEADY tick, take a look at his feet. He wears plain, old sneakers, with all logos and any other possible marketing obscured by marker and tape. No $100 high-performance athletic footwear for this guy. Definitely...
Spirituality Cafe
ALL WET. "Our greatest work in the garden is not to produce something but to remain open to the invitation to love. Using the garden metaphor to illustrate our increasing cooperation with God's love, Teresa of Avila describes different ways of watering...
The Rest of the Story
Ten lepers recognized Jesus and were healed, but only one came back to say thanks. Why? Jesus Heals 10 Lepers: Luke 17:11-19. ESSAYIST LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH WAS ONTO something when he declared: "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer...