The National Catholic Review

July 30, 2007

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Stiff Upper Lip

The British are famous for their steadiness in the midst of crisis. Londoners had their finest hour as they endured the blitz in 1940 with the proverbial stiff upper lip. Over the past three decades they endured numerous terrorist bombings by the I.R.A.

Food Stamps
Politicians pushing shopping carts down supermarket aisles are not an ordinary sight. But some in public office have been doing just that in accepting a weeklong challenge to experience the difficulties of living on a food stamp allowance of barely more than one dollar per meal.


Accessible Holiness
William J. OMalley

The good news: We're all invited. The bad news: It takes effort.

Books and Culture

An Order of Its Own
Mary Alice Piil

The permanent diaconate, a reality in the ecclesial structure of the church in the United States since its renewal by the Second Vatican

The Original Feast Day
James L. Fredericks

In the Los Angeles area, a community of observant Jews wants to bring picnic baskets to the beach on Saturdays.

Behind (and Beyond) the Walls
E. Ann Matter

Early Christian literature, both Greek and Latin, tells us that there is a long history of Christian women living in celibate communities of

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Rich Fool

Daniel J. Harrington

The Word
Faith and Hope

Daniel J. Harrington

Faith in Focus
A Partner for the Pastor

Thomas P. Sweetser

Faith in Focus
Our Mother's Funeral

Dennis M. Linehan

Newark Remembers

Terry Golway

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Patricia A. Kossmann


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  Six Questions for Vincent Gragnani
Maurice Timothy Reidy
In the July 30-August 6 edition of America, Vincent Gragnani writes about the new, lay face of missionaries. As the number of priests and religious ministry around the globe declines, he writes, lay people are helping to fill the gap. Mr. Gragnani is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and a former staff writer at the Southern Cross, the diocesan newspaper of the diocese of San Diego. In addition to publishing in America, he has written for St. Anthony Messenger, One and U.S. Catholic. Mr. Gragnani agreed to discuss his article by email. How many lay missionaries are working today?