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November 27, 2006

Vol.195 / No.17
The Word
Daniel J. Harrington November 27, 2006

In the New Testament patience hypomone in Greek is not passivity Rather patience entails active waiting and hoping As we begin a liturgical year in which most Sunday Gospel readings are from Luke I want to focus on the Lukan Advent virtues of patience hope joy and fidelity We wait for buses

Thomas G. Casey November 27, 2006

The location for this year’s Ryder Cup epitomized the triumph of profit in Ireland. The organizers opted for the K Club, a mediocre golf course in comparison with such world-class links as Ballybunion, Lahinch, Portmarnock and half a dozen others. Certainly the infrastructure of the K Club is

Editorials
The Editors November 27, 2006

The most obvious lesson of the 2006 elections, in which the Democratic Party became the majority party in both houses of Congress, is that the election was a referendum on the leadership of President George W. Bush. The president was quick to accept the verdict of the voters, announcing the followin

Books
Ed Block November 27, 2006

In an age habituated to sensationalism and big effects an austere and nuanced novel like Isobel English rsquo s Every Eyelike the work of her French predecessor Gustave Flaubertmay not appeal to everyone Even Madame Bovary has the soap opera appeal of adultery a theme by the way it shares with

John C. Haughey November 27, 2006

Part of this story is about a man, Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian Jesuit in his early 50’s who felt called to work with Muslims while he was still in his early 20’s. The other part is about a place, Mar Musa, a centuries-old monastery in the Syrian desert that had been abandoned for

Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen November 27, 2006

Sometimes unexpected goodness just blows life open. It happened to me last year about six weeks after I was felled by a bad back. After I had declined an invitation from old friends for dinner because I couldn’t manage public transportation, they e-mailed back: “Come. We’ll send a

Faith in Focus
Kathleen Hughes November 27, 2006

The season of Advent has a timeless liturgical spirituality of longing, redemption and grace and an interesting, somewhat convoluted history. The several strands of its development illustrate the way in which the whole liturgical year has evolved over many centuries in relationship to cosmic time, t