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March 5, 2007

Vol.196 / No.8
The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonMarch 05, 2007

Throughout the season of Lent the Scripture readings emphasize the themes of repentance conversion and forgiveness of sins They offer a consoling and hopeful message that we all need to hear at various times in our lives Today rsquo s passages develop those themes and challenge us to understand w

Kevin B. McCrudenMarch 05, 2007

As we enter the fifth year of war in Iraq, sincere voices protesting the violence attendant upon the campaign have become increasingly pronounced. The forbidding death toll of Americans in the armed forcesnow exceeding 3,000is reason enough for many to revisit the question of continued U.S. presence

Editorials
The EditorsMarch 05, 2007

"The shelters are full, transitional housing is very limited, and [so is] permanent housing that is affordable on local transportation routes. Such, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ recent survey of homelessness in 23 cities, is the bleak situation in Charleston, S.C. But what is tr

Faith in Focus
Aileen A. OMarch 05, 2007

The steel was cool and smooth under my hand. I was lying atop an X-ray machine, awaiting yet another test for an undiagnosed illness. Slowly, I realized I was taking comfort from the machine’s presence. My first reaction was an amused, Gadzooks, what a geek! Deeper reflection, though, made me

Michael HirstMarch 05, 2007

Two days of violent street clashes across Lebanon in late January raised the specter of renewed sectarian fighting in a country still reeling from 15 years of bloody civil conflict, a 29-year Syrian occupation and last summer’s 34-day bombardment by Israel. Street battles across the country th

Of Many Things
Drew ChristiansenMarch 05, 2007

Jimmy Carter has spent a lifetime teaching Sunday school, a practice that instilled in him a deep attachment to the Holy Land. That bond led him to negotiate the 1978 Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt, the only peace initiative to have had a lasting impact on the shape of the Arab-Israeli

Gerald D. ColemanMarch 05, 2007

The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network estimates that there are currently more than 89,000 potential organ candidates on waiting lists. In the past decade, the number of persons nationwide waiting for kidneys has more than doubled to at least 65,500 and could reach 100,000 by 2010. This growin