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March 19, 2007

Vol.196 / No.10
Books
Joseph J. FeeneyMarch 19, 2007

Poor dear old Mother Machree in these nine stories she rsquo s long dead and buried God rest her and keep her Her sons aren rsquo t doing very well either These nine tales show sons no longer connecting with mothers mothers no longer close to their sons A grand storyteller Colm T oacute ib

Emily L. HauserMarch 19, 2007

On a stunning midwinter’s day, with blue sky above and a gentle breeze blowing, I stand on the banks of the River Jordan, a 30 minute walk from the Sea of Galilee. To my left is a small dam; the river stops, for all intents and purposes, here. To my right is the source of a nauseating stench:

Current Comment
The EditorsMarch 19, 2007

Noahs DinosaursDuring eight days last September, 16-year-old Matthew LaClair carried a concealed tape recorder to his 11th-grade American history class at Kearny High School in Kearny, N.J. He recorded any comments about religion made by his teacher, 38-year-old David Paszkiewicz. Matthew, whose fam

John Jay HughesMarch 19, 2007

"All of us long for a pentecostal church: a church in which the Spirit rules, and not the letter; a church in which understanding breaks down the fences we erect against each other. We are impatient with a church which seems so unpentecostal, so unspiritual, so narrow and fearful. Joseph Ratzinger s

Books
George W. HuntMarch 19, 2007

The cover for this delightful collection of interconnected essays is the famous photo taken in 1932 of 11 ironworkers enjoying a relaxed lunch break as they sit side by side perched on an I-beam a thousand feet up in open space overlooking mid-Manhattan their legs nonchalantly dangling from the sk

John F. KavanaughMarch 19, 2007

On the day I write this column, The New York Times has published side by side on its front page two articles that embody the divergent possibilities of our future in Iraq. The United States, contrary to all previous statements, will join Iran and Syria in talks on Iraq. As the Iraq Study Group had e

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonMarch 19, 2007

Three great themes run through the Sunday readings for Lent this year the exodus the justice and mercy of God and the paschal mystery the saving significance of Jesus rsquo death and resurrection This Sunday rsquo s readings develop and deepen those themes nbsp Today rsquo s Old Testament