November 2019 Issue

Too Political? by Paul Nyklicek

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How can we “respect the troops” if we don’t listen to them, particularly when they are saying what some of us (and our government) don’t want to hear?

Notes on a Visit to the Church in Nigeria by Nancy Enright

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American Christians can learn much from their brothers and sisters—particularly those of the Global South—who live beyond the polarized confines of our political landscape and our economic privilege.

Thanksgiving in the Age of Homeland Security by Gene Ciarlo

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We are all victims, at one time or another, of limited and narrow thinking. But some groupthink is more dangerous for its effects on the lives of entire populations.

A Reflection on Luke 16:13 by Fran Salone-Pelletier

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Eyes began to focus on the unfolding drama. Silence reigned. Then one loud voice pierced the quiet. “Jesus told us about the spirit of the law. Haven’t you ever heard of the spirit of the law?”

Workers of the World: A Review by Chris Byrd

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A thoughtful, personal, yet finally unsettling documentary on the perils of global capitalism.

Editorial: Through Indigenous Eyes: Elements of the Amazon Synod

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An encounter rooted in true Gospel humility would allow the infusion of indigenous wisdom into our Catholic worldview, expanding our perspective on the relationship between nature and Spirit.

The Gift of Cosmology by Lorraine Villemaire

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The evolutionary process happens automatically with nature. It becomes dysfunctional when humans interfere with its natural dynamics.

“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”: On Theodicy by Fr. Bedros Shetilian

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The person who can understand and feel a distant tragedy without being part of it is blessed. Christ is calling each of us to be such a person, to be sensitive to the pain of our brothers and sisters—and our enemies as well.

Thank You for Your Service by Mary Anne Dejewski

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As the veteran departed my car, I couldn’t help but recall one of my favorite Scriptures: “And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me.’”

A Heritage of Holiness by Ed Burns

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More and more, we hope, challenges to the hierarchies of our churches will embolden individuals to recover and claim for themselves their original heritage of dignity and holiness, conferred upon them by the grace of Christ and in the Spirit.