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March 5, 2007

Vol.196 / No.8
Columns
Maryann Cusimano LoveMarch 05, 2007

Today we took our infant son to the doctor for his regular checkup and vaccinations. We do not relish these visits. We gang up on the baby; I restrain my son’s hands, my husband pins his legs, all so the nurse can administer four different vaccine shots. The baby screams, later becomes letharg

Letters
March 05, 2007

Needed and Necessary

Thank the Lord for Bishop Donald W. Trautman (Signs of the Times, 1/29). That’s the first voice of reason I’ve heard on the subject of the new liturgy translations.

I am all for making things better, but the new translations only sound confusing. Yes,

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonMarch 05, 2007

Throughout the season of Lent the Scripture readings emphasize the themes of repentance conversion and forgiveness of sins They offer a consoling and hopeful message that we all need to hear at various times in our lives Today rsquo s passages develop those themes and challenge us to understand w

Kevin B. McCrudenMarch 05, 2007

As we enter the fifth year of war in Iraq, sincere voices protesting the violence attendant upon the campaign have become increasingly pronounced. The forbidding death toll of Americans in the armed forcesnow exceeding 3,000is reason enough for many to revisit the question of continued U.S. presence

Editorials
The EditorsMarch 05, 2007

"The shelters are full, transitional housing is very limited, and [so is] permanent housing that is affordable on local transportation routes. Such, according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ recent survey of homelessness in 23 cities, is the bleak situation in Charleston, S.C. But what is tr

Faith in Focus
Aileen A. OMarch 05, 2007

The steel was cool and smooth under my hand. I was lying atop an X-ray machine, awaiting yet another test for an undiagnosed illness. Slowly, I realized I was taking comfort from the machine’s presence. My first reaction was an amused, Gadzooks, what a geek! Deeper reflection, though, made me

Michael HirstMarch 05, 2007

Two days of violent street clashes across Lebanon in late January raised the specter of renewed sectarian fighting in a country still reeling from 15 years of bloody civil conflict, a 29-year Syrian occupation and last summer’s 34-day bombardment by Israel. Street battles across the country th