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November 26, 2001

Vol.185 / No.17
Books
Tom O'BrienNovember 26, 2001

There are two schools of American history Oneconservative nationalistic mythmakingcelebrates America as the city on the hill a land of liberty and escape from European tyranny The otherradical iconoclastic demythologizingviews the United States as the last global empire and laments its oppres

Poetry
Benedict AuerNovember 26, 2001

“Before time had a name....” –William Stafford

At noon today

Faith in Focus
Rosemary FeerickNovember 26, 2001

Monday NightThere is a storm outside. Very unusual for September in the Bay Area. My 20-month-old son and I are watching the lights in the sky and mimicking the sounds of the stormhis first experience of lightning and thunder. At first he is fascinated and roars with the thunder, but he quickly beco

Columns
Lorraine V. MurrayNovember 26, 2001

I went to visit my friend Isabelle the other afternoon. All smiles, she kissed me, grabbed a slice of bread and rushed into the yard. Before I could stop her, Isabelle was on her back, hurling tidbits of bread at the sky. Isabelle, I cried, What are you doing?Feeding the birds, she chortled, as the

The Word
John R. DonahueNovember 26, 2001

Life today often seems like a brief interlude between rushing and waiting We rush to airports only to wait in line hurry off to Christmas sales or returns and again wait and even wait in long lines to receive the Eucharist Waiting involves a necessary slowing down as well as hope of fulfillmen

News

Vatican Says It Is Time to End Nuclear Weapons Tests The Vatican nuncio to the United Nations said on Nov. 11 that the time has come for the world to end all nuclear weapons testing. Archbishop Renato R. Martino made his statement in support of efforts to secure approval of the Comprehensive Nuclear

Donald HeetNovember 26, 2001

It was a well-written homily. It reflected on the Gospel for the Sunday (the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost, i.e., prodigal son) and developed a contemporary application: do we envision God as a cosmic policeman ready to pounce on us when we sin, or is God seen as a shepherd