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December 23, 2002

Vol.187 / No.21
Books
Terrence E. Dempsey December 23, 2002

The exhibition ldquo Icons or Portraits Images of Jesus and Mary from the Collection of Michael Hall rdquo recently closed at the Gallery of the American Bible Society in New York City The exhibition was one of New York rsquo s hidden treasures and those fortunate enough to have seen it will ha

Columns
Terry Golway December 23, 2002

Have you seen the nation’s latest status symbol on wheels? You may have, but you perhaps didn’t recognize its significance. You simply may have thought, as I did, how odd it is to see a military vehicle painted yellow, operated by a civilian and patrolling your local mall’s parking

The Word
Dianne Bergant December 23, 2002

Is it over yet Are the carols gone from the air waves Have the stores dismantled their decorations Has Christmas been put away to make room for Valentine rsquo s Day It always happens so fast We waited and waited for Christmas and then it came and went in a flash But it did not happen like th

Poem
Paul Mariani December 23, 2002

How shall I approach you, Joseph, you, the shadow

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ December 23, 2002

One benefit of taking a vow of poverty is that it greatly simplifies Christmas shopping. I realized this during my first year as a Jesuit novice, when our monthly stipend (or personalia, in Jesuit lingo) was set at $35. That year my family and friends, who had long been used to receiving numerous gi

Books
John B. Breslin December 23, 2002

Sebastian Barry first made his mark as a writer with The Steward of Christendom a play about his grandfather who rose from the ranks to become a superintendent of the Irish police force in Dublin under British rule but quickly fell into disrepute and dejection with its passing It made the rounds

Editorials
The Editors December 23, 2002

The Christmas celebration in Bethlehem will be muted this year. Few pilgrims are expected. Since the 40-day occupation and siege of the Church of the Nativity last April, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah told America, the Christians of Palestine feel abandoned by the world (see the interview in this is