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August 29, 2005

Vol.193 / No.5
The Word
Dianne BergantAugust 29, 2005

Last week rsquo s readings spoke of reconciliation This week we consider the same theme but from the perspective of forgiveness We all know how hard it is to say that we are sorry when we have offended another But it may be even harder to forgive when we have been offended And yet we pledge to

Leo J. O'DonovanAugust 29, 2005

No painting in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York is more iconic than Paul Cézanne’s “Bather,” the pensive young man walking on water in a spare blue and beige landscape. For decades he greeted visitors in the first room of the earlier museum. He currently pres


Brother Roger of Taizé Murdered in ChurchBrother Roger Schütz, the 90-year-old Protestant founder of the ecumenical Taizé community in France, was stabbed in the throat during a Vespers service in the Reconciliation Church near Maçon in France on Aug. 16. He died almost immediately. Some of thos

Franklin FreemanAugust 29, 2005

Anne Lamott strews many bitter and distracting political asides throughout her new book of essays Plan B Further Thoughts on Faith but her honesty and humor rescue the book from being a polemic As she did in Traveling Mercies Lamott shares her day-to-day struggle to live as a Christian and the

Rabbi A. James RudinAugust 29, 2005

Cardinal John J. O’Connor died five years ago, but I frequently remember the times we worked together on the critical issues faced by our two communities. Our friendship was a result of the Second Vatican Council. In October 1965, 2,200 Catholic bishops adopted Nostra Aetate, the Declaration o

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJAugust 29, 2005

Here are two ways God works. First, God seems to clear a path so obviously that you can’t doubt God’s activity. As St. Paul wrote, All things work together for good for those who love God. Second, God seems to make achieving something so difficult that you realize that the struggle is pa

August 29, 2005

Diverse Ecclesiologies

I read Christopher Ruddy’s review of volume two of my Christian Community in History with some surprise (8/1). The whole two-volume work is a history, not of the church, but of ecclesiology, the understanding of the church. Thus I was pleased when he wrote of the