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January 2, 2006

Vol.194 / No.1
The Word
Daniel J. Harrington January 02, 2006

The first words that Jesus the Word of God speaks in John rsquo s Gospel are directed to two prospective disciples sent to him by John the Baptist Jesus asks them ldquo What are you looking for rdquo At the beginning of any spiritual journey it is important to ask what it is that we seek and d

Poem
Paul Mariani January 02, 2006

Nebuchadnezzar stared while the prophet blazed.

News

U.S. Bishops Support Condemnation of TorturePolicies that are unclear about the torture of prisoners damage U.S. international interests and credibility and are an offense against human rights, said panelists, who included a retired Army general, a former adviser to the Departments of State and Defe

Books
George W. Hunt January 02, 2006

Over 70 years ago in 1934 the prize-winning biographer and historian Matthew Josephson published an eye-opening best seller entitled The Robber Barons Through prodigious research reports of congressional committees and ldquo inquiries rdquo done by state legislatures as key sources and gifted

John D. Hagen, Jr. January 02, 2006

This past autumn’s Supreme Court confirmation battles could be used as material for a short course in jurisprudence. Lesson One: Roe v. Wade Overshadows Everything (Why does abortion dominate American law and politics to a degree unheard of elsewhere in the world?). Lesson Two: Rights Absoluti

Of Many Things
Jim McDermott January 02, 2006

Since I moved to New York City a year ago, I have taken to walking after dinner around the midtown neighborhood in which I live. It’s especially glorious in the summer; the setting sun lends everything a generous glow. Winter brings early darkness, trudging and multiple layers. In the daytime,

Faith in Focus
George M. Anderson January 02, 2006

One of the Little Sisters of the Gospel who is a chaplain at a prison on Rikers Island in New York City asked me to say the Sunday Mass there on what turned out to be a bitterly cold afternoon. Part of me was glad to go; it would reconnect me with my own past years of chaplaincy work there. That exp