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December 17, 2007

Vol.197 / No.20
The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 17, 2007

The adjective motley means variegated in color By extension it can refer to any grouping of diverse and often incongruent elements The expression motley crew describes a loosely organized group of very different persons joined together sometimes unconsciously to achieve a goal The Scripture rea

Faith in Focus
Karen Sue SmithDecember 17, 2007

In Matthews story of the birth of Jesus, we learn that we can now put away fear and replace it with joy, because the promised one of God has come to live among us. Like any good writer, Matthew does not merely assert this major theme of his; he shows us what it means in the lives of different charac

Books
John A. ColemanDecember 17, 2007

There has been a great deal of anecdotal speculation about religious proclivities and spiritual seeking among so-called Generation X the children of the baby boomers Robert Wuthnow a professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of American Religion at Princeton University take

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 17, 2007

The struggle of the people of Myanmar for justice in the face of an iron-fisted military junta (which changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989) that tolerates no dissent continues unabated. At the center of the struggle is the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi,

Catholic Book Club
Patricia A. KossmannDecember 17, 2007

In keeping with our longstanding custom every December we recommend an illustrated gift book or a special-edition work to our club members This month it is Art of the Cr egrave che Nativities From Around the World by James L Govan For more details on this book see my piece called Deck the Shel

Matt Malone, S.J.December 17, 2007

Adlai E. Stevenson would not have fared well in the 2007 presidential primary debates, though he was perhaps the greatest American orator of the 20th century. “Religious experience is highly intimate,” the two-time presidential candidate once said, “and, for me, ready words are not

Of Many Things
Dennis M. LinehanDecember 17, 2007

The plight of Iraqi Christians