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July 31, 2006

Vol.195 / No.3
The Word

The Transfiguration is the event in which the inner circle of Jesus rsquo disciples experienced his true glorious nature as a kind of preview or anticipation of his glory as the risen Lord When the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord falls on a Sunday its readings supersede those of the Sun

Dennis HammJuly 31, 2006

In an earlier issue of America (3/27), I discussed three New Testament passages that are often used to argue for a separation of faith from public life: “The poor you will always have with you,” “Render to Caesar...” and “The kingdom of God is within you.” I tried

Current Comment
The EditorsJuly 31, 2006

Disproportionate and CounterproductiveThe Middle East is ablaze again. Following provocations by Hamas in Israel and Hezbollah along the Israeli-Lebanese border, Israel has sent its forces first into Gaza and then into Lebanon. While the immediate provocations seemed to be the kidnapping of Israeli

Frank CunninghamJuly 31, 2006

On my fifth day at the project, I was asked to work with the carpenters who were refitting and expanding tool bins on 18-foot flatbed trailers. The number of volunteers was rapidly increasing, necessitating an increase in our capacity to get wrecking and dismantling tools into the field. From 50 wee

Mary Claire RyanJuly 31, 2006

Whenever I assign a book by Charles Curran in a moral theology course my students rsquo first questions are always quot Have you met him What is he like quot It is not surprising that they are curious about Curran As this newly released memoir recounts at a relatively young age Curran becam

John W. OMalleyJuly 31, 2006

Every culture tends to harbor stereotypes of what a saint is supposed to be like and tends to fit the individual into a mold that may be misleading or one-sided. We see what we want to see, or what we think we are supposed to see, and thus are blinded to what may be unconventional about the saint in


Church Leaders Call for Peace in MideastPope Benedict XVI endorsed a declaration by the Group of 8 that criticized the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah for fueling an escalation in fighting and urged Israel to exercise restraint. "I find myself in full agreement with the G-8 communiqué,&quo