2012-12-21

Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2012

Flesh Wounds

All the suffering we have seen recently—the dead Palestinian children, the casualties of civil war in Syria and the Congo, and the personal travails of so many—...

Nine Christmas Trees

We always had really tall Christmas trees at home—so tall they usually reached right to the living-room ceiling of our family’s house in the Fresh Meadows...

Baby Steps

My fifteen-month-old son’s favorite game is “run into Mommy’s room and grab things out of her nightstand before she catches me.” As soon as I set him on his feet at...

Libertarianism & liberty

Rand SlamI write not as an expert on Catholic social teaching, but as a political theorist. I’m profoundly pleased with what I’ve read in Commonweal of late,...

Two Years in ‘Slumbai’

In the years leading up to the financial crisis of 2008–09, the sleek and growing international airport of Mumbai looked across two hundred yards of elegant...

Quilt

Here is a geographywith no placefor distance, a love that seams completein the scheme of purpose,a declaration of dependence betweenmother and daughter,embedded in...

Two Poems

Garden EssaiIn all modesty you movedthe painted fern nearer.You trusted the work, trustedthe nature of the desire.It wasn’t ego.Afternoons were haze and walkingback...

Top of the Pops

Novelist Michael Chabon is a devoted trafficker in pop-culture artifacts. From his earliest fiction, he has wielded his fluency in the ephemera of (mostly) American...

The Closer

In the foreground of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is the thrust and parry of politics—powerful men competing to control the conclusion and aftermath of the Civil War...

A Transplanted Faith

The Catholic Church’s greatest evangelizing project began on January 6, 1494. On that date—the Feast of the Epiphany—a few Franciscan missionaries on the island of...

It’s Time

In 2010, parishioners of St. Nicholas Parish in suburban Chicago met to discuss the diaconate. A parishioner had expressed a desire to become a deacon, so the staff...

A Long Journey

In the Gospel of Matthew, “wise men (magi) from the East” come to Jerusalem after the birth of Christ, asking, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? We...