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January 21, 2002

Vol.186 / No.2
John HayesJanuary 21, 2002

I boarded an airplane for the first time in my life in 1965. I left Dublin, where I had studied for three years, and flew to Chicago. From there I went by train to Iowa, where I was to do graduate studies. Like many Irish people, I was treading a well-worn path. Not far away, in Illinois, there live

The Word
John R. DonahueJanuary 21, 2002

The first of Matthew rsquo s five great discourses begins with an elegant and poetic set of blessings on those specially favored by God The first four speak of passive sufferers the poor the mourners the gentle but strong meek and those starving and thirsting for justice Keep in mind that Chr

Donald H. DunsonJanuary 21, 2002

Spend one afternoon at Gusco camp, and I promise you it will be impossible ever again to take for granted the joys of your childhood. Gusco (Gulu United to Save the Children Organization) is a nongovernmental organization whose camp in northern Uganda is home today for about 50 formerly abducted chi

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJJanuary 21, 2002

Now that your Christmas gifts are stored away (or returned), the Christmas tree ornaments are tucked away (or broken), and the Christmas tree needles are successfully vacuumed from your carpet (or not—in my family we’re still discovering in our shag, recreation-room carpet the needles fr

Books
John B. BreslinJanuary 21, 2002

By any estimate the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz must be reckoned among the most important writers of the 20th century Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 professor of Slavic languages at the University of California at Berkeley for four decades freedom fighter for Poland in World War

Faith in Focus
Gretchen GundrumJanuary 21, 2002

She stuck her head into the van as soon as the door opened. She had dimples and a gap-toothed grin announcing 7-year-old status, recognizable in any culture. She engaged him in conversation and he laughed heartily. What did she say?, some of us asked. She said, Give me some money. You have the face

The Word
John R. DonahueJanuary 21, 2002

She would have been a good woman rsquo the Misfit said if it had been someone there to shoot her every day of her life rsquo so ends Flannery O rsquo Connor rsquo s celebrated story A Good Man Is Hard to Find Like the Old Testament prophets and the parables of Jesus O rsquo Connor rsquo s often