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June 17, 2000

Vol.182 / No.21
The Word
John R. DonahueJune 17, 2000

After Lent Paschaltide and several solemn feasts the Lectionary now returns to the continuous reading of Mark with two of the most vivid miracle stories of that Gospel Through the familiar technique of sandwiching two stories are interwoven in a way that enriches both The narrative begins with J

Our readersJune 17, 2000

Effective CompositionAs a retired art teacher, artist and curator, I find the America covers creative and thought-provoking. I especially liked the collage that graced the March 25 issue, on Anti-Catholicism in the United States.Each cover is a work of artcommunicating a message as well as being an

The EditorsJune 17, 2000

Two provocative offerings in this week’s issue deserve particular attention, not only in light of their authorship, but also because of the importance of their message for the universal church. The first is this year’s John Courtney Murray lecture, delivered by Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.

Jane E. FisherJune 17, 2000

Robert J Begiebing a professor of English at New Hampshire College has written both critical and fictional works including the well-received historical mystery The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin 1991 His most recent novel also historical in its setting follows the convoluted adventures of

Faith in Focus
Lorraine V. MurrayJune 17, 2000

I stepped gingerly into the room. It was only my third week volunteering at the nursing home, and I was still very unsure of myself. A curtain enclosed the bed, and a fan slowly moved its head back and forth, lazily stirring the air and muffling all sounds. I gently pushed aside the curtain and peek


What would be a theologically sound, spiritually empowering and ethically challenging theology of Mary, mother of Jesus the Christ, for the 21st century? This question has no simple answer, for the first-century Jewish woman Miriam of Nazareth, also held in faith to be Theotokos, the God-bearer, is

Of Many Things

If you pay close attention, you will come upon the word (or concept) model in some form or other on many pages of this week’s issue. Although it is a familiar concept, in my opinion we don’t hear about it nearly as much as we ought. Writers have lamented in these pages and elsewhere: Whe