12/01/1990

My favorite Christmas story is "The Gift of the Magi." A poor young married couple give each other their most prized possession. She sells her hair to earn enough money for the watch chain her husband has admired; he sells his watch to buy a barrette for her luxurious hair. We read O. Henry not [...]

My favorite Christmas story is "The Gift of the Magi." A poor young married couple give each other their most prized possession. She sells her hair to earn enough money for the watch chain her husband has admired; he sells his watch to buy a barrette for her luxurious hair. We read O. Henry not [...]

If God created whiskey so the Irish wouldn't rule the world, He didn't let drink prevent F. Scott Fitzgerald from attaining the very first rank of American writers. When Fitzgerald died, half a century ago, on December 21, 1940, at the age of 44, he was at work on The Last Tycoon, to which he [...]

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The Horse's Mouth A group of Cuban dissidents who have suffered imprisonment and torture at the hands of Fidel Castro are making what could turn out to be a most significant visit: they are taking their personal accounts of abuse to the Soviet Union. For the past two decades the Soviet Union has served as [...]

The twenty-first century may witness the flowering of a renewed and purified Catholicism in the United States. As we enter the 1990s it is time to accentuate the positive developments that are all around for those who have eyes to see. While the crisis in the Church continues, there are clear signs that it may [...]

Five women, somberly dressed and decidedly middle-aged, look forth from the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Their stance and expressions are bold, direct, and even tinged with humor. Their bearing bespeaks full confidence. The women are Alix Kates Shulman, Ann Snitow, Phyllis Chesler, Ellen Willis, and Kate Millett. "Who Says We Haven't Made [...]

During the tempestuous time of the rise of Protestantism following the Reformation, the Catholic Church needed advocates who would defend the faith against calumnies and distortions, while at the same time militating for needed reform. One of the most formidable Jesuit polemicists for Catholicism was Robert Bellarmine, whose Controversies profoundly influenced Church thinking for more [...]

Imagine discovering an attic in your house, one you never knew existed, filled with dusty family heirlooms: Grandmother's wedding dress, Grandfather's letters to her, Great-Aunt Betty's diary. As you explore this attic, the family history comes alive for you. As you read the letters and diaries of your forebears, you think, "These are my origins, [...]

Some time ago, I published an article that I hoped would sound more whimsical than cynical, more wryly exasperated than truly angry. The article concerned the sad state of language in, and the intrusion of feminism into, Church liturgy. It broke no ground—we all have our favorite horror stories—but, as a convert of two years' [...]

Governor Cuomo proclaimed the 1990s to be the "Decade of the Child." A couple of weeks ago Time magazine's cover story was devoted to "the sorry plight of America's most disadvantaged minority: its children." At the end of last month a special edition of the Today show focused exclusively on the condition of our children. [...]

Readings at Mass are designed for our instruction, for our salvation, for our minds, that we may know the truth. The Second Reading for the Midnight Mass of Christmas is taken from St. Paul's Epistle to Titus. We go along in our ways. Suddenly we read or hear something at Midnight Mass where we never [...]

It should have been the worst Christmas of my life. An only child from New Jersey, who had not been farther west than Pennsylvania, I made a quantum leap when I took a job decades ago in San Francisco. But the lure of the position in television, coupled with determination to ensnare a certain Stanford [...]

According to tradition St. Thomas Aquinas once asked St. Bonaventure how he had acquired the deep theological wisdom he displayed in his writings. St. Bonaventure pointed to a crucifix and said that he had learned all he knew from contemplating it. If there are any prayerful Catholics in our pews with St. Bonaventure's talents or [...]

Comfort and Joy Written and Directed by Bill Forsyth MCA Home Video I’ve always had a sneaking fondness for the commercialism of Christmas. It's a childhood penchant that I've never been able to shake. Of course, as a Catholic boy educated in parochial schools, I was always sternly reminded of the sacred nature of the [...]

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