Put in a good word

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Article Seniors Spirituality
If a eulogy sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Putting on rose-colored glasses to look at a loved one’s life, however, might be just what we need for resolution.

Recently I attended the wake and funeral for the father of a friend. At the wake, the children—now all middle-aged—took turns talking about their dad. They spoke with affection about his love for their mother and his devout faith.

Family Album: Remembering the dead

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
The November feasts of All Saints and All Souls invite a long, loving look at those who have gone before us.

Life in a college town may be full of diversity, but it also has a shallow root system where faces and friendships come and go with the university calendar. Parish life and programs need to catch on quickly, and, just like with a grass fire, when you get a good idea, you stand back and watch it grow.

Don't be scared of Halloween: Readers share frightful memories

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
There's no reason to be afraid of the ghouls and goblins roaming the neighborhood on All Hallows' Eve. They're just participating in an ancient-and Catholic-holiday.

Halloween: What a great holiday! It beats the heck out of Arbor Day six ways to Sunday. Around this time every year, I'm asked by Christian parents about the appropriateness of their children dressing up as Spiderman or cowboys or fairy princesses.

God-spotting: Can we make a case for the Almighty?

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Article Spirituality
India and the United States may be on opposite ends of the belief spectrum, but both cultures must make a case for God that includes everyone.

In an age of atheism, in which it is considered rude in many circles to even bring up religion, I’ve got a problem. Remember that wonderful old Joni Mitchell song from her album Blue? It’s called “A Case of You.”

“Oh, I could drink a case of you, darling,
And I would still be on my feet,
Oh I would still be on my feet.”

Sermon on the mound: John Sexton on baseball and God

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Article Spirituality
In the classroom and the stands, the president of NYU roots for God.

John Sexton, the president of New York University, holds tight to some deep truths: that his late wife is still with him, that there’s more to life than science, and that baseball and God are connected.

He is also a man of intriguing contradictions. A native of Brooklyn, he roots for the Yankees. He works within an environment of science and learning, but he holds

on to his belief in the reality of the ineffable. Surrounded by doubters, he remains steadfast in his Catholicism.

She's Nobody: Remembering Emily Dickinson

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Article Spirituality
Emily Dickinson may hve found it dreary to be Somebody, but some still find her worthy of remembrance.

Blessed among women, Robert Ellsberg calls her in his book of the same name. Here Emily Dickinson appears with other spiritual giants, sharing Teresa of Ávila's mysticism, her soul in white heat; Joan of Arc's courageous wrestle with belief and unbelief; the little way of Thérèse of Lisieux, whose battles, like Emily's, were mostly fought within.

Here is Catherine of Siena: "All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said, ‘I am the way.' "

Work hard, pray hard: More on Dorothy Day

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Article Social Justice Spirituality Women
The editors interview Jim Forest, biographer and friend of Dorothy Day--and a former Catholic Worker himself, about Dorothy Day's abortion, conversion to Catholicism, and what she might think about women's ordination.

How did Dorothy Day become Catholic?

Angels we have heard on low

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Article Spirituality
Angels are the personal manifestations of the earthbound grace of God. John Shea comments on the role of angels in the spiritual lives of people in an excerpt from A Month by Month Guide to Entertaining Angels by Mark Boyer.

A recent novel begins with a spaceship surging into outer space. One of the astronauts glances out the portal at the vast empty expanse. An angel wings by.

My guardian dear: Guardian angels in action

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Article Spirituality
A personal cherub, ever this day, at your side? How else do you explain those close calls?

No one likes to be taken for granted. I suppose even pure spirits bristle at neglect. That's why I've spent a lot of time these past few years apologizing to my guardian angel.

Many adult Catholics dismiss the presence of these protectors as harmless residue from their parochial years. The widespread belief that each person receives a special angel to watch over their bodily and spiritual health has often been associated with the protection of children in both prayer and art.

Eating is believing: A U.S. Catholic interview with Chef Kevin Gillespie

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Article Environment Spirituality
What you put on your plate says something about the kind of person you are, says this Catholic gourmet chef and reality TV star.

Kevin Gillespie comes from a long line of Southerners: “My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are all from the South,” he says. They hail specifically from the Appalachian Mountains, where the traditional diet depended heavily on what was in season and grown locally, thanks to minimal opportunities for preservation.