The National Catholic Review

November 21, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 16Whole No. 4712


At the Hour of Death
On June 26, 1997, at least 47 states had laws banning assisted suicides.


Five Years With Dorothy Day
Robert Ellsberg
I met Dorothy Day in the fall of 1975, when I was 19.
One Table at a Time
Susan Maas

“Have another,” urges Sister Mary Tacheny, passing a plate of buttery, made-from-scratch cookies. She nibbles her own slowly and with obvious pleasure.

A Most Particular Vocation
Dan McKanan
Most families who live at Catholic Worker houses of hospitality or farms recall that Dorothy Day showed some ambivalence toward families in the Catholic Worker movement.
Star-Crossed Nominees
John F. Kavanaugh
Is it a comedy or a tragedy? Or is it a farce?

Books and Culture

Through Open Doors
Carol K. Coburn
It is difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the dramatic changes in American religious life in the mid- to late 20th century.
The Work, Among Us
Peter Duffy
Any organization shrouded in secrecy casts a powerful spell over the imagination.
Hard Times
Peter Heinegg
On khokmes, as they say in Yiddish (but seriously), nobody, not even a veteran scholar like Professor Sachar, could compress the whol
Beneath the Surface
Richard A. Blake
Long, sweeping shots from the air reveal a sullen winter landscape.
What Goes Around
James Martin, SJ
Sometimes when I see a movie with a friend in which a mean-spirited character finally gets his (or her) comeuppance, I’ll say jokingly, It’s

Columns and Departments

The Word
Waiting in Hope
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
A Shield for Workers In the Southwest
George M. Anderson
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Jim McDermott