U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 3, March

Between the Lines
Alice McDermott is a writer who likes to get to the heart of things. With her captivating prose and her ability to walk the fine line between nostalgia and the eternal call to "make it new," McDermott explores the impulses that lead us back again and...
Give Us This Day Our Daily Mass: These Creatures of Habit Are Dropping in Numbers, but Not If They Can Help It
ON AVERAGE, 33 PEOPLE ATTEND THE DALLY 6:30 A.M. Mass at my parish. On holy days of obligation and during Lent, the average jumps to 47. I know the numbers because I sit near the back of church and count. We are unswerving. For all the years I've been...
Last Rights: Mixed Messages on End-of-Life Morality Aren't Good Medicine for Struggling Families
"DYING MUST BE LIKE FALLING ASLEEP AFTER MAKING love, tired, tranquil with that sense of wonder that pervades everything." So wrote 60-year-old Piergiorgio Welby in his online journal before his death in December from muscular dystrophy. Welby, an...
Life Preserver
FOR CAROL CROSSED, FAITH IS INEXTRICABLY TIED UP with activism for a consistent ethic of life. It's no surprise then that she calls getting arrested twice in one day with legendary peace activist Father Daniel Berrigan "a spiritual journey of the soul."...
Pardon Our Dust: We Live in a Messy Time of Transition in the Catholic Church. Sociologist Bryan T. Froehle Offers Four Tools to Help Us through the Renovation
During Lent we often try to focus on changing some part of ourselves. And sometimes, by the grace of God, we are actually successful. But change usually takes human beings longer than 40 days. Machines can be altered by changing a part; computer software...
Room for Improvement
An old Far Side cartoon shows the devil pushing a hapless mortal with a pitchfork. He s urging him to choose between two doors: "C'mon, c'mon--it's either one or the other." One door is marked, "Damned if you do," and the other, "Damned if you don't."...
Teach Us to Pray: Jesus Gave Us Words with Which to Pray, but U.S. Catholic Readers Have Some Wisdom of Their Own to Share about How to Come Closer to God
WHEN JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES HOW TO pray 2,000 years ago, he knew what he was doing. With the Our Father he offered a prayer that satisfies the longings of his followers then and now. Rather than using "empty phrases," Jesus addressed God in a personal...
The Constant Gardener: We All Need a Bit of Spiritual Pruning If We Are to Bloom Where We're Planted
SOMEBODY TOLD ME RECENTLY THAT THERE ARE TWO kinds of people: gardens and gardeners. Gardens are in need of care and nurture, and gardeners have the I tools and know-how to provide such attention. The secret about gardeners, of course, is that they...
To Boldly Go
Every Christian Star Trek fan recalls Stardate 4041.7. (That would be AD 2268 for planet-bound humans.) James Tiberius Kirk, valiant captain of the good ship Enterprise, in the midst of its five-year mission, came across planet 892-IV, a draconian...
To Infinity and Beyond!
Imagine if someone were to throw science fiction and religion into the same metaphoric blenders. What would be the result? Jesus in a space suit? Martians praying the rosary? Interplanetary dioceses? The answer may not be so complicated. Imagine in...
War Wounds: Here's a New Strategy for Victory in Iraq: Surrender to the Things We Say We Believe
LORD HAVE MERCY, FOR WE PERSIST IN OUR OBSTINATE ways, and we close our hearts to you, hiding our shame behind our pride. And so this oddly unreal war escalates. But too real to some, surely, since each day the mayhem that is Baghdad streams across...
Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?
Christians have fasted (gone without food) and abstained (gone without certain foods, especially meat) since the beginning. The Book of Genesis teaches that all the plants and animals that God created and entrusted to human beings are good, especially...

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