The National Catholic Review

January 3, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 1Whole No. 4676


Hope for a New Year
The Great Seal of the United States, reproduced on the dollar bill, has a mediocre design but an upbeat message.


Christian Spirituality: A New Model
Allan Figueroa Deck

Pablo and Dolores García were the fourth couple to approach me after the parish mission to ask where they could find a copy of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises in Spanish.

The Saint of the Sock Drawer
James Martin, SJ
When I was 9 YEARS OLD, I spied an advertisement in a magazine for a plastic statue of St. Jude.
Reinventing Contemplative Life
Kathleen Feeley

Every Sunday before 9:00 A.M., a long line of cars snakes down a tree-lined road north of Baltimore, Md. In the Chapel of a Carmelite Monastery, a diverse congregation gathers for liturgy.

The More Things Change...
Valerie Schultz

“Ch-ch-changes/ Pretty soon now you’re gonna get a little older.”

Books and Culture

Rabbinical Thinking
Richard M. Gula
What would Jesus do? This simple formula has found its way onto wristbands and T-shirts as WWJD.
Dancing for Identity
Leo J. O'Donovan
The one story that everybody in the theater tells about Jerome Robbins has him angrily giving notes to his dancers (in either “West Side
What Remains Is Love
Paul Mariani
I met James Torrens, S.J., for the first and only time sometime in the mid-1990’s, in August, at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Ver

Columns and Departments

The Word
Follow the Leader
Dianne Bergant
The Word
Down Comes the Tree
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
A Call From Gunga Din
James N. Gelson