06/01/1994

The Catholic woman—inheritor of the Judeo-Christian tradition—is many times blessed. The roots of her good fortune are nearly 4,000 years old, for some 4,000 years ago there was revealed to the Hebrew people a new principle of order: fidelity. This new principle of public and private order hinged upon God's faithfulness to us and, in [...]

The Catholic woman—inheritor of the Judeo-Christian tradition—is many times blessed. The roots of her good fortune are nearly 4,000 years old, for some 4,000 years ago there was revealed to the Hebrew people a new principle of order: fidelity. This new principle of public and private order hinged upon God's faithfulness to us and, in [...]

It began when our second child was born—a girl who followed her older brother by two years. "You've got your boy and your girl now," an amazing assortment of people would say. "Now your family is complete." Sez who? I would think, at first too taken aback and later too irritated to make a forceful [...]

It was unfair, but I couldn't resist. The exasperated parent with an insolent teen remarked with undisguised envy, "It must be wonderful having grown children away from home." To which I replied, "No, it's awful." Her reaction reminded me of facial expressions some winters ago when a friend, hobbling on crutches, finally told the truth. [...]

“Is the consecrated life still valid?" asked Mother Agnes Mary at the midday meal. Seventeen other Sisters of Life were seated around her at the U-shaped table in our convent refectory. "Crisis magazine has asked the question. How would you respond?" she continued. The faces of the six professed sisters, nine novices, and three postulants [...]

Countering the pervasive feminist influence in American culture is no easy task, but someone has to do it if traditional American and Catholic principles are to be preserved. Who better to take up this task than orthodox Catholic women schooled in faith with years of experience of what makes families work? Feminists promote "liberation" through [...]

In the fifteen centuries since the Council of Ephesus (A.D. 4 3 1) recognized Mary as the theotokos, the Mother of God, she has accumulated a dizzying array of titles. Tower of Ivory, Star of the Sea, Gate of Heaven, Our Lady of Lourdes, Guadalupe, or Mount Carmel, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Black [...]

I became a Catholic at the age of 40. Naturally I was curious about what I'd missed all those years. I read every book or article on Growing Up Catholic I could find. I had no experience with sodalities or novenas, but I did know some religious, and they bore no resemblance to the vicious [...]

2.3. We: The Social Dimension of Community I believe it is extremely important to distinguish the social dimension of community from the inter-personal dimension. The need for this distinction is dictated by the different profiles of community, profiles that in a symbolic, but also very precise, way are expressed by the pronouns I—thou and we. [...]

My brother Dick was a missionary priest of the Holy Cross Fathers, and was then studying Arabic for a future career, he hoped, as a scholar of Islam; he was also teaching at Notre Dame College in Dacca. During the Muslim-Hindu riots of that time he went to the assistance of an elderly priest living [...]

The feminist revolution of the 196os promised to liberate women from the overbearing protection of society, the constraints of traditional morality, the oppression of men, the burden of children. It has largely accomplished its mission in one of the most radical and rapid restructurings of society in history. But at what cost? Women are now [...]

At the June meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), a new batch of revised texts proposed by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) will be discussed, as will the issue of altar servers. Given the lineup of speakers chosen, there is little cause for hope that the bishops will [...]

Fundamentalism has never enjoyed favorable press. In the 1920s, H.L. Mencken, who was as vituperative as he was funny, said that fundamentalists "constituted, perhaps, the most ignorant class of teachers ever set up to lead a civilized people; they are even more ignorant than the county superintendents of schools." Since the Scopes Trial, fundamentalism has [...]

Earlier this year I was invited to deliver a speech to the cadets of one of America's few remaining military colleges, The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. I walked the portrait-bedecked hallways, redolent with American military heroism, and sensed the ghosts of the cadets that fought in the Civil War. Later, gazing upon the auditorium [...]

Richard Doerflinger converted to Catholicism when he was a student at the University of Chicago, and from there he moved almost at once, with his high seriousness and unsinkable wit, to become a Catholic civil servant: For many years he has been a mainstay in the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of [...]

WARNING: This article features content of an explicit nature.  The following editorial was published by the Washington Times on May 13 (reprinted by permission). When I was a girl in Catholic school," one middle-aged lady recently told this page, "ejaculations were short prayers we were supposed to say if we had an impure thought; kids [...]

Calvin and Hobbes are walking in the snow. Calvin says with outstretched arms, "This is my latest snow sculpture." Hobbes asks, "Where?" "All of this!" Calvin replies, with arms even more outstretched. Hobbes looks perplexed, "But you didn't do anything." "Right," says Calvin, "Art is dead! There's nothing left to say. Style is exhausted and [...]

Reading the Divine Office each day requires some attention and diligence, but also routine and repetition. I have a great fondness for C.S. Lewis's remark that if you have only read a great book once, you have not really read it all. This is why we priests and whoever else read the whole Psalter every [...]

The first time I heard the story of the saint who said he'd just go on playing billiards if he learned he was to die in five minutes, I was surprised that the news came to him at the billiard table. Try to imagine Saint Sebastian with a cue or Saint Lawrence racking up the [...]

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