July 11, 2014

Commonweal, July 11, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

Articles in this issue

Take This Chalice—Please

If “chalice” is not required by the Latin language and it runs contrary to liturgical and patristic tradition, why are we saying it?

My Father’s Files

My father wanted to remember himself and the world in which he labored. He also wanted to leave a map.

The Larger View

George Eliot’s 'Middlemarch' has always provided something as much like spiritual direction as fiction can offer, and continues to today.

Catholic & Libertarian?

The Ayn Rand libertarianism that Paul Ryan has flirted with is fundamentally incompatible with Catholic teachings. But can Catholics still be economic libertarians?

Fiction | Exhibit A

By day thirty-seven, he’d broken dozens of rules, so what was one more?

Letters | Women Religious, Christian Wiman

Readers respond to stories on the LCWR and Christian Wiman.

Something Is Wrong

To know you need help that you cannot somehow conjure up through your own power frees you. You have to turn from yourself to something outside yourself.

Edward St. Aubyn's 'Lost for Words'

With humor at the fore, 'Lost for Words' seems to arrive as a self-imposed respite from investigating the traumas of St. Aubyn's autobiographical Patrick Melrose.

'An Anxious Age'

The collapse of establishment Protestantism as the American civil religion, Bottum asserts, has left a deep void that sends ripples of unease through the culture.

Poetry From Stephen Burt & Vijay Seshadri

All of us have our own imaginative lives that affect and are affected by our exterior worlds. The poet is someone who finds a language that expresses this truth.

Poems | By and By & Lullaby Before Birth

By and By What falls on us familiar at the end And blankets even the daylight in a blur That neither fog nor cricket come to friend Is not the night, although I...

Poem | Show Time

Tempus fugit every sundial proclaims, yet over and over time seems to swoon, or to expand, even to grind to a juddering halt when I blog; a dreadful...