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August 16, 2004

Vol.191 / No.4
Faith in Focus
James Martin, SJ August 16, 2004

Saturday, May 1This morning I am waiting for a turn at the baths here in Lourdes. On long wooden benches under a stone portico sit the malades, the sick, along with their companions and other pilgrims. Flanking me are two men from our pilgrimage with the Order of Malta. One, a fortyish red-haired ma

Diane Thiel August 16, 2004

We like to think we would have been

Joseph A. OHare August 16, 2004

In this richly documented and thoroughly engaging memoir Joseph A Califano Jr recalls his years in Washington as a member of several administrations and as a partner in a powerful law firm From this vantage point Califano observed and participated in the national crises and unsettling cultural c


Battle of Sexes Not Part of God’s DesignThe battle of the sexes and, particularly, the subjugation of women are the result of original sin and not of God’s original design for creation, said a document released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Attempts to advance the ca

The Word
Dianne Bergant August 16, 2004

As surprising as it may seem one of the most unsettling of the divine characteristics is God rsquo s universal concern for the people of the world The very earliest traditions of Israel reveal the concept of a patron God who led a chosen people protected them and blessed them with peace and prosp

Stephen F. Gambescia August 16, 2004

As I was hurrying through a popular bookstore during the winter holiday rush, my attention was caught by the cover of a prominently displayed book, Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet. The work is a sequel to Frances Moore Lappe’s appeal to Americans in the early 1970’s t

Of Many Things
George M. Anderson August 16, 2004

I have poor circulation, and that makes my ankles swell,” said the woman in front of me, speaking in the soft accents of “the islands.” A heavy-set person in her 50’s, she explained this as we sat on our bags early one morning at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York Ci