2008-12-19

Date: 
Friday, December 19, 2008

Blood Lust

Twilight interests me because it almost takes the “mass” out of “mass entertainment.” Most film franchises have their special target audiences but also try to sweep...

Cold Comfort

After Mass every Sunday, my family would gather in the dining room of the big old house my dad had grown up in. Not to eat, mind you, but because that was where...

In the Beginning

On a storm-plagued island in the Aegean huddle the last adherents—for all they know, anyway—of a besieged faith. The wind shreds cloth; the sea churns and lashes at...

All In?

I have been celebrating the Eucharist in German since moving to Münster from Louvain, Belgium, in December 2006. I came to improve my German and to do research for...

Be Still

Even by modern standards, 2008 was a cacophonous year. The high-stakes presidential election brought constant and clamorous media coverage, and anxiety over the...

A God Who Trembles

Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe salvi, published a year ago, is magnificent as a theological lesson on the virtue of hope, drawing on Scripture and the church fathers...

Toil & Trouble

Like other prolific novelists (Philip Roth comes to mind), John Updike likes to revisit his characters, checking to see what they’ve been up to over the years since...

‘I'm Not Dangerous'

The past six months have seen three of the largest workplace immigration raids in U.S. history. In May, the rural Iowa town of Postville was convulsed when 900...

God's Country

Two images came to mind as I finished this terrific new history of American Catholics. First, I thought of John Nava’s tapestries lining the walls of the Cathedral...

Catholic writers, more on More, voting

HERE COMES EVERYBODY In response to Paul Elie’s article “What Flannery Knew” (November 21), I have two names to add to the list of Catholic writers foreseen by O’...

Make It New

Edmund Wilson memorably characterized the later novels of Henry James as “large, loose, baggy monsters.” It might be unkind to describe historian Peter Gay’s latest...

Veiled & Revealed

“The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” was the subject of the triennial synod of bishops held in Rome from October 5 to October 26. Though...