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December 13, 2004

Vol.191 / No.19

December 13, 2004

Gallaudet HowardDecember 13, 2004

I sit at lessons and carols for the second time, listening to St. Luke’s account of the Annunciation while a baby kicks and swims inside me. The church is candlelit and hushed, fragrant with pine boughs, nothing like the small, hot room where a Middle Eastern Jewish teenager learned from an an

Michael D. PlaceDecember 13, 2004

Four years ago, after the newly elected President George W. Bush’s inaugural address, 40 million people were without health care coverage in our nation. At that time, the Catholic Health Association of the United States called for a series of reforms and a sharing of responsibility for health

Of Many Things
George M. AndersonDecember 13, 2004

Delivering a hot meal to an elderly woman in a public housing project is how my Saturday afternoons begin. Her meal and hundreds of others are prepared in the basement of a Manhattan church. Most are eaten right there, but enough are set aside to accommodate shut-ins as part of a program informally

Letters
Our readersDecember 13, 2004

Welcome Advance

Brian D. Scanlan’s forthright account (11/1) of wholesome boyhood experiences in the company of an aging priest was a welcome relief from the depressing lore we have painfully endured regarding boy-priest relationships these past years. His memories do not clamor for

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 13, 2004

Out today, back behind bars tomorrow: high rates of recidivism remain one of the most troubling aspects of our criminal justice system. Referring to released prisoners, President George W. Bush noted in his State of the Union speech in 2004 that we know from long experience that if they can’t

Faith in Focus
William R. CampbellDecember 13, 2004

I prayed over a dead man today. His name was Jocelyn, and he had only one leg. His other leg had been amputated “not too long ago due to complications from sugar,” said the man in the adjacent bed. That man’s legs had both been amputated at the knees. I guessed Jocelyn had been in

Books
Rachel FultonDecember 13, 2004

A man stands in a cave Before him glitters an array of beautiful objects some dishes or platters but mostly cups All are enticing but only one is the object he seeks He reaches out and grasps the plainest of all That rsquo s the cup of a carpenter he avers Has he chosen correctly For reade