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Living Easter

April 6, 2015

Vol. 212 / No. 11

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Joseph J. FeeneyMarch 25, 2015

‘I am so happy, I am so happy,” said Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., as he was dying in Dublin on June 8, 1889. As rich and resonant as any words in his poems, these words offer a multilayered commentary on his life and reputation. In 1889 he was happy to go to God as an unknown poet; in 20

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.March 25, 2015

One of the greatest Christian writers who ever lived is the unknown author of this ancient homily from the second century, a meditation on Holy Saturday. Happy Easter from the editors and staff of America.What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillnes

Our readersMarch 25, 2015

Listening WellRe “On Dying Well,” by Jessica Keating, and “Ars Moriendi” (Editorial, 3/16): People are often surprised when I tell them that in my 17 years as a hospice chaplain, I have had relatively few people discuss assisted suicide. Granted, it is illegal here and theref

The EditorsMarch 25, 2015

Christ continues to suffer in his body today. How can we aid him?

Faith in Focus
Jeanne BishopMarch 25, 2015

For a long time, my experience as a public defender supported my belief that some people deserved life sentences. One client chilled me to the core. As a juvenile, he had graduated from burglary and auto theft to armed robbery, holding up three separate victims in the course of two days. The first v

Faith in Focus
Brian DoyleMarch 25, 2015

I watch for it every Easter vigil, and every Easter vigil it happens—this Easter vigil right in front of me where I sat in the second row of the chapel expressly to see it; and once again I nearly burst into tears, because it is so beautiful and subtle and gentle and heartrending and amazing,

Vantage Point
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 25, 2015

Even nowadays—or should I say especially nowadays?—the sight of two people very much in love still delights us. The world continues to love and make excuses for lovers. A truly great love story will fill the cinemas and top the list of best-sellers. Yet the modern world has come to belie