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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 11, November

A Novel Approach to Community
I don't know about you, but on that terrible day that will now go down in history--Sept. 11, 2001--I did not want to be alone. Like most people, I congregated with my coworkers around a tiny television that morning, returning to my isolated cubicle...
Choking on Ashes: Can Justice, Not Retribution, Be Served in Response to America's Worst Terrorist Attack?
I GREW UP IN A FAMILY THICK WITH COPS AND FIREMEN in a New York suburb peopled by cops and firemen, so it was with a special dread that I watched a churning cloud of dust and debris and choking ash envelope people running for their lives in lower Manhattan...
Death Takes a Holiday
In San Marcos de Tlatazola--and throughout Mexico--El Dia de los Muertos reunites the living with the dead. San Marcos de Tlatazola must have been old when Columbus reached the New World. Hemmed in on all sides by the cloud-mottled peaks of the...
Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart: An Interview with Ron Hansen
For critically acclaimed author Ron Hansen (Hitler's Niece, Atticus, and Mariette in Ecstasy), the work of his days--writing, reading, teaching--are integral parts of one spiritual path. Hansen's art confronts life in all of its complexities, evil...
Feedback
Q: Of the natural-resource wasting habits I have acquired over the years, I feel most guilty about ... Taking long, hot showers in the winter to relax and warm up. Barbara Reder, S.P. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Driving alone to work when...
Gone but Not Forgotten: Praying for the Dead Is a Catholic Way of Saying Life Goes On
THE JACKHAMMER BLAST OF GUNFIRE RIPPED ME from my sleep. Normally, late-night street sounds on Route de Delmas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti are no more alarming than the incessant barking of dogs or the crowing of sleepless roosters convinced that streetlights...
It's Time to Wake Up and Smell the Carbon: We Can't Afford to Wait until the North Pole Feels like the Sahara Desert to Admit We Are Destroying Our Environment. Catholics, Both Corporately and Individually, Gary Cuneen Argues, Ought to Be Putting Much More Energy into These Issues
I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES PEOPLE HAVE TOLD me, I care about what's happening to our environment, but I don t really know what to do about it. It all seems so overwhelming." Perhaps many of us have felt the same way at one time or another. But...
Jesus, Remember Me: There's a Connection between the Good Thief's Plea and "Do This in Memory of Me."
WHAT DO YOU DO TO REMEMBER THINGS? TIE string around your finger? Employ an army of refrigerator magnets? Stick Post-It Notes all over your computer screen? I'm a list-maker, myself. I keep lists for everything: the books I mean to read someday, the...
Odds & Ends
After reading Mark Salzman's impressive book, Lying Awake, I wrote my February 2001 column on novels that center on convent life. One of the odd things about all the novels I then mentioned was that not one of them was written by a sister. I described...
Parent Payback Time: Are Your Adult Children Starting to Sound like an Eerie Echo of an Earlier You? Do You Find Yourself Going to Your Offspring for Advice about E-Mail or Cell Phones? Dolores Curran Suggests That Relishing "Reverse Parenting" May Require Some Letting Go
We were in our earlys 60s when two of our young adult offspring introduced us to snorkeling. My husband, Jim, and I were visiting them in the Philippines where they worked. Avid scuba divers, they wanted us to experience a weekend at their favorite...
Rome Rehabilitates Rosmini
It took exactly 156 years after the death of Father Antonio Rosmini-Serbati to clear his name, but an announcement last summer from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said that the "concern and doctrinal difficulties" that led to...
Talk Amongst Yourselves: How Book Groups Are Brewing Up Community. (Cover Story)
Almost everyone knows someone who is in a book group. You can join one online, at your local bookstore, or on TV. Or you can open up magazines like Real Simple or Oprah's O to read your way through a book group experience. Even walmart.com has something...
Unearthing the Bible's Hidden Treasures
So long as the Bible remains the "greatest story ever told," it will continue to inspire plenty of spin-offs. The recent bumper crop of books on the Good Book focus, among other things, on how scripture has shaped society--and how society has shaped...
What Do You Do with Such Pain?: In the Face of Death We Ought to Seek a Wisdom That Can Lead Us out of the Valley of Death
"IF WE DON'T TRANSFORM OUR PAIN, WE WILL ALWAYS transmit it," says Franciscan priest Richard Rohr. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, such transformation has become all the more daunting, yet all the more necessary if we are to survive as a species--not...
Why Did Jesus Descend into Hell?
Unless they regularly recite the Apostles Creed or their church happens to have a mural depicting it, most Catholics are not that familiar with the church teaching about Jesus' descent into hell. But it's an important belief, because it addresses the...