US Catholic Faith in Real Life

December 2010

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Vol. 75, No. 12


I'll be green for Christmas

By Megan Sweas
Piles of trash and wasted food are no way to celebrate the incarnation, argues Megan Sweas. If Jesus is indeed the reason for the season, the feast of his birth shouldn't be a time of misery for the creation he came to save. In Feedback readers wonder whether Sweas' holiday spirit is green or just Grinchy.


Worth getting up for

An interview with Timothy Radcliffe
In a world of unfriendly atheism, faith-doubting science, and a what's-in-it-for-me consumer culture, Christianity still has answers for questioning hearts, says Dominican priest and author Timothy Radcliffe. Believers just have to use our imaginations.


Put your best faith forward



The church's "married clergy"

By Anna Weaver
The U.S. church as witnessed a silent ministry revolution in the past 40 years, as a reinvented permanent diaconate has slowly found a place in parish life. Anna Weaver explores what draws deacons to service and what their future holds for the church.


Deacons' wives' tales


Photo Story

Life on the line

By Karl W. Hoffman and Megan Sweas
The U.S.-Mexico border may be a political football on Capitol Hill, but many Americans it's just part of daily life. In this photo story Karl W. Hoffman frames the debate with images of those who live it. Associate Editor Megan Sweas tells their stories.


State of fear: Arizona's immigration laws



(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)

The lies are killing us

By Msgr. Arturo Banuelas
The failure of immigration reform is a moral tragedy as well as a political one, argues El Paso pastor Msgr. Arturo Banuelas. And for the many who suffer the debate's dehumanizing rhetoric, it is also a matter of life and death.

When I saw you hungry

By Karen Kirkwood
It's hard to close your eyes to the presence of Christ in the poor, especially when he's that homeless guy between you and the church pew.

Wise Guides: Door man

By Father Ronald Raab
Holy Cross Father Ronald Raab recalls how he found a world of service to the poor opened to him in the life of his newly canonized confrere, Brother Andre Bessette.


Editors' Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: Is there salvation outside of the church?


The Examined Life: Mass disruption
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Silent flight
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: It's in the blood
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: All I want for Christmas
By Alice Camille