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October 9, 2006

Vol.195 / No.10
Angela Alaimo O'DonnellOctober 09, 2006

To read Thirst Mary Oliver rsquo s most recent book of poems is to feel gratitude for the simple fact of being alive This is not surprising as it is the effect her best work has produced in readers for the past 43 years Admirers of any one of the 15 previous collections by the Pulitzer Prize-wi

The EditorsOctober 09, 2006

Those who take an apocalyptic view of the campaign against international terrorism like to cite the historian Samuel Huntington’s prediction of a "clash of civilizations." Commentators sympathetic to this view applauded Pope Benedict XVI’s address at the University of Regensbur

Paul J. ContinoOctober 09, 2006

Alice McDermott rsquo s new novel After This vividly often heart-rendingly portrays roughly 25 years up through 1977 in the lives of the Keane family John and Mary and their four children Jacob Michael Annie and Clare The novel rsquo s Irish-Catholic Long Island milieu will be familiar to

Edward P. HahnenbergOctober 09, 2006

Much of the work to be done in the wake of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ new document on lay ecclesiastical ministry is on the practical and pastoral level. The National Association of Lay Ministry raised some tough questions about Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (November 2005) when they

Of Many Things
Patricia A. KossmannOctober 09, 2006

The popular refrain "Everything old is new" again seems to characterize increasing segments of book publishing since the turn of the millennium. Thanks to Loyola Classics, for example, a character named Mr. Blue, a contemporary Francis-esque gallant monk without an Order has emerged from a

October 09, 2006

Love of Learning

How happy I was to see your reference to Alma Miller, R.S.C.J., in the editorial, The People’s Schools (9/18). It was a privilege to be both her student and a dear friend, with whom I corresponded weekly throughout her life. Mother Miller demanded and expected the

Paul WilkesOctober 09, 2006

In the highly charged and fertile theological world out of which Vatican II was born there was widespread agreement that the Catholic Church needed to rethink itself Stale Thomistic recitations seemed out of step with emerging ways of looking at Christ the world the liturgy the role of both ord