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June 3, 2000

Vol.182 / No.20
The Word
John R. DonahueJune 03, 2000

Pentecost traditionally called 64 the birthday of the church quot concludes the Lent-Easter season as the church returns to ordinary time Profound theological insights cluster around the feast and its readings Though originally a Jewish spring harvest festival the Feast of Weeks celebrated 5

Faith in Focus
Kevin O'BrienJune 03, 2000

In the oppressive heat of the midday sun, the nun in full habit held two heavy shovels. She walked just behind the gravediggers, who tried to carry with some dignity a lifeless body wrapped in old hospital bedsheets. We had arrived here in India just a few weeks before this burial. I was one of thre

Chris GilsonJune 03, 2000

While playing with his little brother next to their home in Quang Tri province, Giang, five at the time, picked up an explosive device. It detonated. His three-year-old brother was killed instantaneously. Giang lost a hand and an eye and still has several pieces of shrapnel embedded in his body. He

Letters
Our readersJune 03, 2000

Visions of God's JusticeFelicitations on your education issue (5/20). Space being precious, I single out the article by James E. Hug, S.J., on education for justice--a candid, straightforward, courageous challenge to our Jesuit educational enterprise. It spells out for that ministry what several

Books

As an 11-year-old boy Thomas Berry probing the red hills of his home in North Carolina skipped across a creek and found himself in a meadow Seeing the white lilies cresting above the dense grass he listened to the crickets rsquo song drift toward the distant woods and the wisps of cloud in the

Editorials
The EditorsJune 03, 2000

More than 2,500 years ago the Greek historian Herodotus observed that if anyone were given the opportunity of choosing from among all the nations of the world the best set of beliefs, he would inevitably choose those of his own country. Herodotus further asserted that everyone believes his own nativ

The Word
John R. DonahueJune 03, 2000

During the time of theological ferment following the Second Vatican Council I overheard a conversation between two older Jesuits One was upset over reports of new thinking on the Trinity After some time the other said quot Well can you still pray to the Trinity quot The response was quot