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July 21, 2003

Vol.189 / No.2
Allan Figueroa DeckJuly 21, 2003

Several years ago when I visited the shrine and retreat house of the Valley Missionary Program in Coachella Valley Calif I knew that something exceedingly unusual had happened Out in the Mojave Desert economically disadvantaged Mexican immigrants had built a stunningly beautiful spirituality c

Tom BeaudoinJuly 21, 2003

John Stack conquered the lecture hall, entering it like an ancient prophet: with a ruddy, tanned face; an out-of-control, black but graying beard that sprouted defiantly, Karl Marx-like, in a hundred directions; uncombed graying hair swirling like a collection of Midwestern twisters atop his head. H

Of Many Things
John W. DonohueJuly 21, 2003

Theodore Roosevelt High School stretches for nearly a block along Fordham Road in New York City’s borough of the Bronx. It was built in the late 1920’s for a student population of 2,500 to 3,000. Most of these were the children of Italian-American, Irish-American and Jewish families. &nb

Faith in Focus
Patrick J. RyanJuly 21, 2003

In the week before my ordination 35 years ago, America published an article I had written entitled “Why I Want to Be a Priest” (6/8/68). I recall the circumstances in which I wrote it. Many friends with whom I had entered the Society of Jesus in the late 1950’s had come to differen

R. Scott ApplebyJuly 21, 2003

Timing is everything Many of the elements of a sophisticated theology of the laity and recommendations for church reform featured in Paul Lakeland rsquo s new book originated earlier and elsewhere But never before have they been put together in such a compelling way and more to the point at such

Thomas J. McCarthyJuly 21, 2003

Afriend recently passed on to me an article in which the author, a priest, argues that we need to reromanticize priesthood and religious life and give people something beautiful to fall in love with. I find it to be an inspired idea, given recent revelations and events, and a troubling idea. Rarely

The Word
Dianne BergantJuly 21, 2003

There is much hunger in the world today Millions of people go to sleep with empty stomachs Children are bloated from malnutrition Wars are fought over food and people starve as a consequence of war Where are such needy people to turn for help The Gospels for the next five Sundays contain teach