The National Catholic Review

December 20, 2004

Vol. 191 No. 20Whole No. 4675


The Orient From on High

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the church salutes the expected Messiah as the Orient from on high (Lk 1:78). The appellation pictures the sun rising from the East to shed its glory on a world enshrouded in darkness.


Christmas Conscience
John F. Kavanaugh
A Eucharistic Church
Avery Dulles
The G-Men and Me
Terry Joyce Darken

Books and Culture

Peter Heinegg

There’s a well-worn Yiddish story about a yeshiva bokher (seminarian) who defiantly informs his old rabbi that he has become an

We the (Faithful) People
Daniel J. Harrington

This illuminating and engaging book examines similarities and differences in the techniques employed to interpret the Christian Bible and

A Life of Depth and Mystery
Rachelle Linner

In Wonderful and Dark Is This Road, Emilie Griffin, the respected author or co-editor of 14 books (including Turning: Reflectio

The End of Cinema
Richard A. Blake

Had I been writing this column 80 years ago, I would probably have lined up with those critics vigorously opposed to the talkies.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Family Ties

Dianne Bergant

The Word
What Do You Make of It?

Dianne Bergant

The Word
Come One, Come All!

Dianne Bergant

The Audition

William Greenway