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Articles from Vol. 79, No. 11, November

A Price Worth Paying? as Student Loan Debt Surpasses U.S. Credit Card Debt, Documentaries Ask the Tough Questions about a College Education
For at least the past 30 years, since the blue-ribbon report A Nation at Risk sounded an alarm about America's underachieving school kids, the American middle class has been obsessed with education, from kindergarten to grad school, as the key to its...
Art and Soul
Around the corner from my home in Chicago is a neighborhood art center. It is the kind of place that displays some student art, some professional art. It offers a long list of summer camps and after-school programs for neighborhood kids. But it is...
Awaken Your Imagination: If Beauty Is a Link to God, Art and Artists Offer Us Insights into the Divine That We Could Only Begin to Imagine
As a child of a musician and a painter growing up in Cuba, Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu might have been destined to live a life full of art. From a very young age, she says, she was sensitive to "being surrounded by the excess of sensuality that really...
La Verdad
LA VERDAD By Lucia Cerna and Mary Jo Ignoffo (Orbis, 2014) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After 25 years on the planet, one hopes that a young adult is well on the way toward finding traction and clarity in navigating life. Similarly, the 25th anniversary...
Meet and Greet
Creating a culture of encounter requires more than just organizing drives. It might even mean learning a name or two. About 10 years ago, during a college Christmas break, I spent a couple of days with a group of classmates at a Franciscan community...
National Treasures: From the Mountains to the Prairies, Catholic Churches Stand Tall-As Widely Varied as the People Who Worship in Them
For most Americans, the U.S. Capitol in Washington is among the most recognizable buildings in the country. But few may realize that the famed Capitol building bears some striking architectural similarities to America's first Catholic cathedral, the...
November to Remember
A table in my living room has become a kind of shrine. On it rest photos of people special to me: my grandmother, my parents, my best friend. All have passed away. My grandmother passed away after 84 full years of life. The others died far too soon...
Poetry in the Pub: Share a Pint with the Poets and You'll Discover Far More Than Rhyme and Verse
Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub anchors the Tipp Hill area of Syracuse, New York, the only place in the country where the green traffic light shines above the red. Here the streets are named for poets. The pub itself sits on South Lowell--that would...
Race to the Polls
If you are among the less than 50 percent of registered voters expected to make the effort to pull a lever--or fill in a circle, or touch a computer screen--this month, then "bully for you," as Teddy Roosevelt might say. You are doing your part to...
Soul Train: Novelist Walker Percy Holds Up a Mirror to the Mystery and Absurdity of Ourselves
As I begin to write this, I'm sitting in the observation car of the California Zephyr. The time approaches 10 p.m., and the endless plains of Nebraska recede into the surrounding darkness. I sip scotch and write, hoping that a lithe Eva Marie Saint...
Sukierae
SUKIERAE Tweedy (dBpm Records, 2014) Jeff Tweedy is a talented man: cofounder of the influential alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, leader of the critically acclaimed rock band Wilco, Grammy-nominated producer and collaborator with the likes of music...
Thanks Giving
When I was about 7, the family next door took me out for ice cream. This was a rare treat because they chose Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors, not the local frozen custard stand with only vanilla and chocolate, where my own family normally went. I chose mint...
The Healing Arts: More Than Just Paint on Canvas, the Arts Might Have the Power to Breathe New Life into Communities Where Hope Once Seemed Lost
Diana Ohene, an art therapist through Catholic Charities in Trenton, New Jersey, finds that one of the hardest things about her job is convincing people that it is more than a pastime. "They warned us that would be the case in school," she says. Even...
The Proverbial Woman
What do women want? For the complex answer, we need look no further than Proverbs. Five centuries before the time of Jesus, somebody compiled the work we know as Proverbs. Two sections of this nine-part book are ascribed to King Solomon; two others...
This Is Where I Leave You
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Directed by Shawn Levy (Warner Bros., 2014) Following the death of the Altman family's patriarch, his four children travel home to join their mother (Jane Fonda) for the funeral. The graveside service draws the curtain...
Vetting the Saints
The ranks of the saints are filled with men and women who risked their lives in battle. So why don't military veterans have a patron of their own? In the parish church of my youth, my family often sat under a stained glass window that depicted a...
Where Can Catholics Be Buried?
Traditionally, Catholics believed that a person could reach heaven only if he or she was buried in a Catholic cemetery. But limited space meant few people could be buried in the ground and left there forever. Instead, most people were buried temporarily...
Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
WOULD YOU BAPTIZE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL? By G. Consolmagno, S.J. and P. Mueller, S.J. (Image, 2014) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you picked up Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? solely on the basis of its title, you might be surprised not to...
Youth Movement
In all too many parishes, the opportunities to make the young people feel needed and wanted are few and far between, so young people look elsewhere--which is our loss ("Just give me a reason," September). Yes, social gatherings are good to get them...
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