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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 1, January

Big Gifts Come in Small Prayer Groups: When Small Christian Communities Get Together to Pray, the Emphasis Is on "Together."
With a wink a smile and a squeeze of the hand, Gilda Rodriguez naturally knows what question to ask, what personal thing to say to each person she greets. That's no small task in a group of 50 or so Spanish-speaking parishioners gathered at St. Cyril...
Building Bridges. (You May Be Right)
Once again Tom McGrath has hit the nail on the head in his November The Examined Life ("What do you do with such pain?"). We must be building bridges rather than burning them. Find those who perpetrated the foul deeds of September 11 anti bring them...
Does Your Faith Ring a Bell? the Sound of Church Bells Has the Power to Transport Us to Grace. (Practicing Catholic)
WE ROUNDED THE HAIRPIN TURN ALONG the footpath above the Italian hill town. The sunlit farmland below was as luminous as a stained-glass window. Cypress trees doused the air with the fragrance of holiness. My husband began singing an aria, and the...
Embryonic Stem Cells: The End Doesn't Justify the Means: Stem-Cell Research Holds Great Promise for Treating Many Diseases. but Such Promise, Argues Jacqueline Lee, Can Never Justify the Destruction of Human Life in the Process. (Sounding Board)
WATCHING SOMEONE YOU LOVE TURN TO stone before your eyes can definitely affect your perspective on the embryonic stem-cell research debate. In 1999, my mother was diagnosed with scleroderma, which literally means hard skin. For a person with this rate...
Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q: The fact that so many Catholics approve of stem-cell research makes me think that ... They may not understand the full implications of stem-cell research or the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells. Donald Rogers Scotia, N. Y. ...
Is the Face of Islam Changing? (Interview)
In the aftermath of September 11, South African scholar Farid Esack has become one of the most sought-after interpreters of Islamic thought in the United States. A progressive Muslim theologian who cut his teeth in the antiapartheid struggle, Esack...
Let an Icon Frame Your Prayer: Icons Are Not Just Beautiful Paintings. the Purpose of Icons Is to Help Us Pray. Jim Forest Offers Instructions for Putting Them to Good Use
"In the beginning was the Word," wrote Saint John. "He is the image [ikon in Greek] of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation," wrote Saint Paul. We meet him still in both word and image. Both have figured in the worshiping life of followers...
Not by Bravery Alone: As the September 11 Terrorists Showed, Courage Alone-Without the Other Classic Virtues of Justice, Prudence, or Temperance-Is No Virtue at All. (Culture in Context)
IN SEPTEMBER 11, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH hurled his vilest invective at the suicide bombers, calling them "faceless cowards." Standing amid the rubble and rescuers at ground zero, a grim-faced New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani concurred--"yeah, cowards."...
Realpolitik Redux: Can a Political Vision That Eschews Idealism and Ethics Be Right for America? (Margin Notes)
IF THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS TRUTH, THE SECOND surely is hope. A decade after Bush the elder called for a New World Order and beardy postmoderns were discussing the "end of history," watching U.S. political leadership rush the reconstruction of...
Scenes from the Synod. (Signs of the Times)
Journalist Robert Kaiser reported on the Second Vatican Council for Time magazine. Now a reporter for Newsweek, he's still in Rome, communicating his impressions of the Vatican scene, most recently last fall's World Synod of Bishops. "By most official...
Shore Leave: In the Midst of the Business of Our Lives, Can We Drop Our Nets and Follow Jesus' Invitation? (Testaments)
BEGINNINGS CAN BE HARD. A HALF CENTURY AGO, a Harvard law graduate moved to Harlem to start his practice. His new address was a shoebox-sized apartment. Its most recent tenants had been a family of eight. The sink didn't work. Neither did the refrigerator....
Spirituality Cafe
"WORDS that do not carry the light of Christ only in crease the darkness." (Mother Teresa, quoted in Malcolm Muggeridge's Something Beautiful for God; HarperSanFrancisco reprint edition, 1986) BABIES. "When God wants an important thing done in this...
Spiritual Shifts. (Odds & Ends)
Recently I watched the video Thirteen Days. I had read Robert F. Kennedy's book on the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and wanted to see the film version of this memoir. The movie vividly recalls the responses the Kennedy administration considered...
Surf for the Spirit. (You May Be Right)
I ENJOYED READING "NET GAINS: HOW THE INTERNET IS changing the church" (October) by Renee M. LaReau, and I wanted to share a few thoughts. Like many of your readers, I stay away from chat rooms, but I regularly surf the Net for news, information, and...
The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown: An Interview with Scott Appleby. (Interview)
What do you see as the most significant development in connection with Osama bin Laden and his brand of Islamic fundamentalism? Osama bin Laden, who has said that all American citizens are legitimate targets of holy warriors, represents a pernicious...
These Are My Cups ... (You May Be Right)
The question the September Glad You Asked article ("Why drink from the cup?" by Jim Dinn) does not address is: Why drink from one cup? I have heard liturgists speak about the powerful symbolism of drinking from a single cup and its faithfulness...
Think Again
"Nobody wants to think." So says the progressive Islamic scholar Farid Esack of the aftermath of the September terrorist attacks and the subsequent U.S. assault on Afghanistan (see this month's interview, pages 12-17). More thinking, however, may be...
Thoughts from a Gay Teacher in a Catholic School: A Junior High Teacher Yearns to Be a Positive Gay Role Model in Her Catholic School. but She Wonders, "Does the Church Love Me as Much as I Love It?"
I am stuck. I am thinking about my lesson plans for tomorrow's junior high religion class. We have been covering the church's position on controversial topics, and so far it has gone well. But the knots in my stomach tell me how I feel about tomorrow's...
War Comes of Age in Pakistan: Recent Refugees Join a Forgotten Generation of Afghans Struggling to Survive in Border Camps
Fourteen-year-old Hameed Khan uses his hands to pull himself through the dirt, his polio-destroyed legs dragging behind him. His affliction earns him sympathy, but only about 100 or so rupees (less than $2) for an eight- to 10-hour day of begging on...
What's the Catholic View of Islam?
Throughout the Middle Ages, the church taught that Islam was some kind of Christian heresy bent on undermining the true faith and destroying Christian culture. How else could it understand a religious movement that accepted Jesus as a great prophet...
Who's Got an Eye on Your Kids? Advertisers Want to Have at Your 2-Year-Old's Psyche. Do You Know What They're Up to? (the Examined Life)
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A WHOLE MAGAZINE on how to effectively advertise to children? Until recently, I didn't. Thanks to an informative and helpful Web site, www.newdream.org, I learned that a recent issue of that magazine, KidScreen, reports that...