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December 24, 2001

Vol.185 / No.21
The Word
John R. DonahueDecember 24, 2001

The readings of the Christmas cycle are like a large tapestry in which you can follow the narrative sequence of the birth and infancy of Jesus or pause before one scene of particular beauty The liturgical cycle does not proceed in linear fashion since the celebration of the Holy Family and the fl

Renee M. LaReauDecember 24, 2001

We sit at the kitchen table in our pajamas, the late morning sun filtering through the windows. The Washington Post lies untouched on the table, along with bagel crumbs and big mugs of tepid, strong coffee. It is New Year’s Eve day, and four of us, our college friendships eight years young now

Mark JarmanDecember 24, 2001

The kingdom of God is within you. –Luke 17:21


The kingdom is inside somewhere all right.

Richard A. BlakeDecember 24, 2001

Frantically searching for ways to postpone sitting down at the keyboard and trying to find something relatively new to say about the most over-analyzed film and social phenomenon of the year, I idly called up my favorite search engine and typed in harrypotter. The monitor blinked once and then came

Allan Figueroa DeckDecember 24, 2001

Reviewing Francisco Jim nez rsquo autobiographical treatment of his early years through high school was a movingeven spiritualexperience for me I say spiritual because the situations he relates reminded me of people and events in my own life that have shaped me at the deepest levels of my being

Lorraine V. MurrayDecember 24, 2001

I dreamt I was standing at the pearly gates, clutching a handful of coupons. What are those? St. Peter asked. My volunteering coupons, I replied, placing them in his hand. Then I explained how I had earned them: all the times I had pitched in at church answering phones, singing in the choir, volunte


Pope Says Peace Must Include Justice as Well as ForgivenessIn his strongest statement since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, Pope John Paul II said countries had a right to defend themselves against international terrorists. But he said true peace could not be achieved without justice and that for