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January 1, 2007

Vol.196 / No.1
The EditorsJanuary 01, 2007

On Dec. 31, Christians traditionally give thanks to God for the blessings they have received during the year that is ending. On Jan. 1 and on the feast of the Epiphany a few days later, they might equally well give thanks for the gifts of faith and intelligence that will guide them through the new y

Ewert CousinsJanuary 01, 2007

I was introduced to Raimon Panikkar in the mid-1960’s by a colleague of mine, Thomas Berry, at Fordham University in the Bronx. While the three of us walked to a local restaurant for lunch, Panikkar sketched his whole concept of the world’s religions as expressions of the Trinity. In his

T. Patrick HillJanuary 01, 2007

In The Language of God Francis Collins has written more of an apologia for his personal religious beliefs than an argument for religious belief itself Were Collins not one of the leading scientists in the world having directed the International Human Genome Project which successfully completed m

Maryann Cusimano LoveJanuary 01, 2007

"Peace on earth is not just a holiday greeting. Every Jan. 1 the pope issues a message for the World Day of Peace, reminding us that peace is practical, peace is possible, and it is our calling. Peace is practical because it is foundational; without it, we cannot achieve other aims. Catholic Relief

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonJanuary 01, 2007

In John rsquo s Gospel the miracles performed by Jesus are called signs A sign is usually not an end in itself What is more important is the reality to which a sign points The signs done by Jesus point forward to the ldquo hour rdquo of Jesus and to the divine glory made manifest in him as both

Faith in Focus
Ched MyersJanuary 01, 2007

The origins of the feast of the Epiphany are historically complicated and ecclesially disputed. We might think of it as a kind of peace offering from the Western to the Eastern church, given the latter’s date (surely older) of Jan. 6 for the feast of the Nativity. The 12 Days of Christmas, in

The EditorsJanuary 01, 2007

When the Bush administration took the nation to war in Iraq, like the mythical Pandora it set loose a host of ills upon the world. The invasion opened the way for sectarian strife and civil war in Iraq; it assisted the advance of Shiite Islam across the Middle East; and it increased Israel’s v