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Articles from Vol. 80, No. 12, December

A Garden of Great Encounter
Mary and Elizabeth were open to the Holy Spirit working among them. But how many of us even know how to look for God in our midst? He walked into the party that night in San Francisco, but I wasn't watching the door so I didn't see him come in....
All Couples Have a Story
Every marriage is different. But when things get tough, it helps to remember that you're not alone. Andrea Buckley remembers how she and Mike made the commitment to stay together and love each other no matter what on their wedding day. They took...
An F in Science: Why Should America's Crisis of Scientific Illiteracy Concern Catholics?
When Heather Camm, a chemistry teacher at an all-girls Catholic high school, began designing a new, yearlong course in scientific ethics, she knew she would have to address the one issue that could undercut the rest other lessons. Before she could...
Befriending Creation: Through Her Work with Earth Ministry, Jessie Dye Translates Faith into Climate Action
Jessie Dye is rarely at a loss for words. And that's a good thing, because she's part of a grassroots climate movement that has no time for silence. When she testifies at public hearings, lobbies at the capitol, or preaches in sanctuaries, she often...
Close to Home
When I was growing up, my family was deeply immersed in the community of our local parish, the same parish my dad grew up attending. The only Sundays we did not attend 9:30 a.m. Mass were when we were out of town, and despite my tactful excuses, my...
Dark Chocolate
Before the traditional Christmas feasting season is over this year, consumers in the United States will munch through somewhere in the neighborhood of $410 million in chocolate alone. Though Americans don't come close to the world's biggest consumers...
For-Profit Parenting
"Note: The following post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I receive a small commission." "Sponsored Post!" "Giveaway!" When I became a mother, I became a devoted follower of a handful of popular Catholic...
From Uscatholic.Org
Readers commented on a web-only piece by Father Paul Keller that argues that the issue of allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion is more complicated than it looks. It seems that sometimes what the church demands is contradictory...
General Comments
We are the body of Christ and we belong to God, not to a building or an area. Name withheld It is very outdated to think of community in only a geographical sense. With the way people travel easily by car and public transit, our worlds and communities...
He Named Me Malala
HE HAMED ME MALALA Davis Guggenheim (Fox Searchlight, 2015) Heading in to watch the documentary He Named Me Malala, I expected to be moved. After all, what isn't moving about Malala Yousafzai's life story? Recruited at 12 years old to blog anonymously...
Moral Support: Even If Your Child's Conscience Needs a Nudge in the Right Direction, the Little Voice in Their Head Often Knows Just What to Do
A few months after Hurricane Katrina, Andrea and Greg told their son, Jeremiah, then 10, that the family was thinking of buying a vacation cabin a few hours from the family's home. "Jeremiah had one question," Andrea remembers. "He asked if all the...
Pale Horses
PALE HORSES mewithoutYou (Run for Cover Records, 2015) mewithoutYou's newest album is brass and bizarre--and biblical. The progressive punk band's sixth album Pale Horses gallops through 11 tracks of eclectic insanity with a religious twist....
Piranhas in the Chicago River: Ecologist Reuben Keller Knows That Caring for the Planet Reguires Thinking beyond the Environmental Sciences
Trek up to Reuben Keller's Chicago office, and you'll likely catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan on your way. Actually, you can nearly see it from his desk. It's a fitting location for Keller, a freshwater ecologist and assistant professor at Loyola University...
Sacred Collisions: Will You Be Ready for the Sudden Beauty of Christ's Return?
Long before I joined the ranks of the working class as a 10-year-old paperboy, I was a lookout. I recall one afternoon when my oldest brother Brian (he was perhaps 9 years old) had me stand on top of the toilet tank in our upstairs bathroom, which...
There Comes a Great Light: For a Visual Meditation on the Incarnation, Avoid (Most) Christmas Movies
You know how parents claim they could never truly understand X, Y, or Z until they had children of their own? Ive always hated that. Given that my husband and I had been married eight years (and together for nearly 11) before our first child was born,...
Why Are Some Bible Stories Repeated?
At Jesus' birth, shepherds came to visit him, followed soon after by the wise men, right? Actually, not quite. There are two separate versions of Jesus' birth in the New Testament. This happens fairly often in the Bible; both the Old and New Testaments...
Worship Local: People Who Attend a Church That's Not Their Neighborhood Parish Are Missing the Nature of Catholicism
Some years ago, Eric Jacobsen wrote about the urban environment in Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith (Brazos Press). He outlined how walkable neighborhoods and urban spaces help make possible the relationships necessary...
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