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August 12, 2000

Vol.183 / No.4
The Word
John R. Donahue August 12, 2000

The symphony of the bread of life discourse reaches a crescendo with startling hopes and startling claims The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him on the last day v 19 Though we tend to identify eternal life as the promised reward following death in


Revision of the General Instruction of the Roman MissalThe new General Instruction of the Roman Missal, published in Latin and released on July 28 in Washington, D.C., in an English study translation, introduces numerous minor changes in the way Mass is to be celebrated.It also makes a clear legisla

Peter Drilling August 12, 2000

"See how they love one another." According to Tertullian, a Christian writing in 197, this was the amazed comment of outsiders observing the members of the new Christian sect that was then sweeping the Roman Empire. That was in the second century, early in the history of Christianity. Duri

Constance M. McGovern August 12, 2000

The Chinese had no pocketsno place to carry quot a pocket-comb a folding foot-rule a cork-screw a boot-buttoner a pair of tweezers a minute compass a folding pair of scissors a pin-ball a pocket-mirror a fountain pen quot or any other such American-made product Moreover the Chinese we

Lisa Sowle Cahill August 12, 2000

Two scientific teams, one public and one private, jointly announced in June that their researchers, working separately, had deciphered the human genetic code. Elation in the scientific community and extensive media coverage signaled the importance of their accomplishment for the capabilities of medi

The Word
John R. Donahue August 12, 2000

As John 6 comes to an end the meaning of Jesus rsquo eloquent yet mysterious words sinks in many of Jesus rsquo disciples say This saying is hard who can accept it The moment of decision has arrived as it arrived when Joshua summoned all the tribes of Israel to renew the covenant In an in-y

Of Many Things
George M. Anderson August 12, 2000

Why would a Jesuit be taking part in a Quaker worship service? Yet that is what I was doing one Sunday in May. After celebrating the 8:30 a.m. Mass at Nativity parish on New York’s lower East Side, I walked a dozen blocks up Second Avenue to the 15th Street Meeting House. A