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February 26, 2000

Vol.182 / No.6
Editorials
The EditorsFebruary 26, 2000

A recent series of articles in The Kansas City Star on Catholic priests suffering from AIDS-related illnesses has focused attention on a difficult issue. Despite the incendiary nature of its topic, the seriesthough flawedaimed for balance and proved compelling. The survey’s main weaknesses lay

Culture
Doris DonnellyFebruary 26, 2000

Lent is just the right size. Forty days is enough time to get to know the desert and for most of us too little time to be swallowed by it. Guides are always welcome on the sometimes inconvenient, scary and unpredictable journey to resurrection, and I know of no better way to prepare for the human st

Books
George M. AndersonFebruary 26, 2000

Lives on the Line is a powerful account of what low-income Americans endure in their struggle to raise children in surroundings of poverty The detailed descriptions of these quot lives quot profiles of 10 families of diverse racial and geographical backgroundsare placed in meaningful context by th

Poem
Peter DesyFebruary 26, 2000

He’d find a way through

The Word
John R. DonahueFebruary 26, 2000

Ash Wednesday inaugurates not simply the 40 days preceding Easter but the whole 90-day paschal cycle which extends beyond Easter seven weeks until Pentecost The Lectionary cycle grew backward and forward from the central celebration of Easter There is one mysterythe death of Jesus his resurrecti

Robert K. HudnutFebruary 26, 2000

The recent spate of self-help books has spilled over into self-help theology. We are exhorted to "have faith." We are invited to "make a decision for Christ." We are encouraged to "accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior." We are asked if we have "found Christ.&quot

Columns
Thomas J. McCarthyFebruary 26, 2000

This past year my wife and I grew weary of the vertiginous dance of dual-career parenting. In the end, I decided to surrender the professorial life in order to pursue nonacademic writing and be with my kids, who are one and three. Everyone has been very supportive: "You’re doing the right