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August 27, 2007

Vol.197 / No.5
Books
Peter HeineggAugust 27, 2007

Here are two incontrovertible truths about Gertrude Bell 1868-1926 she was a brilliant wise fascinating woman and she played a significant role in the creation of modern Iraq But 8220 Queen of the Des-ert 8221 8220 Shaper of Nations 8221 The original British edition had a quieter t

John F. KavanaughAugust 27, 2007

Obesity seems the newest thing to worry about. The real problem, however, is not our bodies. Its our brains. Why is it that children find any kind of food wrapped in McDonalds packaging six-times tastier than when it is plain-wrapped? A Stanford research study found that children between three and f

Letters
August 27, 2007

Much To Tell Us Having been a lay missionary, I much appreciated the article The New, Lay Face of Missionaries, by Vincent Gragnani (7/30). I would certainly encourage anyone who can to spend some time doing mission work, either in the United States or abroad. While we all hope and try to help the p

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonAugust 27, 2007

Banquet scenes are frequent in the Bible Jesus used meals shared with all kinds of persons as occasions to impart his wise teachings and as symbols for life in the coming kingdom of God Banquets are especially prominent in Luke rsquo s Gospel and most of Luke 14 presents Jesus rsquo teachings in

Faith in Focus
Mark NeilsenAugust 27, 2007

A news item caught my eye not long ago: the minor seminary in Chicago was closing after 102 years, and all the alumni had been invited to see the place one last time before it was to be renovated as a pastoral center. I had attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary for only one year, my freshman year in

James Martin, SJAugust 27, 2007

For the past nine years, James Martin, S.J. has run a popular book club for adult Catholics at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, in New York City. As a way of helping readers who might want to begin a similar club in their own parishes, we offer a brief description of a plan that Father Martin

Current Comment
The EditorsAugust 27, 2007

The Limits of Color-Coding During the last two U.S. presidential elections, the media devised a catchy system for depicting the partisan divide among the 50 states. Where a majority of the votes cast were Republican, the state was called red; where Democrat, blue. Maps of the nation required just a