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Our new issue is now live. Highlights include Phyllis Zagano making the case for women deacons; Julia G. Young on the Catholic Churchs complicated past in Latin America (and what it might mean for the future); and Daniel M. Murtaugh on this years winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction, Katherine Boos Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Plus a Last Word from Mollie Wilson OReilly, and Richard Allevas review of Lincoln.

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Mollie's little reflection is *great*. What is needed now is a sequel, talking about parents trying to pray at mass while tending toddlers.

I second Jim's recommendation.One friend with an 18 months old child is trying to memorize Mark's gospel so that she can read it to herself inside her mind as she is walking, cooking for, feeding, or changing him.

Thank you both! Maybe in a year or so I'll have some insights, Jim. Right now our most successful coping strategy is going to Mass separately and leaving the little guy home!

Happy to see Commonweal reviewing "Behind the Beautiful Forevers." This is an important book. Not only because it focuses on the most important concern of the Lord. The fact that it gives such details to the plight of the least of the brethren shows that this most deprived segment of the world has real faces and families. Those who trumpet market forces as a remedy for such ills can see that in an area where the market is in full bloom people live in unimaginable squalor and deprivation. It only become real or imaginable when such Authors as Boo make the effort to bring it to us. Such a book rivets us to the last judgment when we will be asked what we did for our Mumbai sufferers.

" One friend with an 18 months old child is trying to memorize Marks gospel so that she can read it to herself inside her mind as she is walking, cooking for, feeding, or changing him."This man has memorized all 4 gospels and the Book of Revelationand is available to dramatic presentations at your parish:http://www.gospels.org/All you have to do is pay attention and hear something truly remarkable ... the words and Michael's intreptation thereof.He resides in the San Francisco Bay Are (but of course!) and is willing to travel.

Any chance y'all'd take the women deacons article out from behind the paywall, for the sake of social justice?

Thanks!!!

Real Clear Religion has linked to the women deacons article. Congrats, Commonweal.

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