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Scripture for Life: What are we who live in great comfort to make of this presentation of the "good news"? Rather than quibble and wiggle with phrases like "poverty of spirit," we need to face Luke's presentation of the Beatitudes as it is.
Book reviews: Mary Gordon probes Merton's dual identities; Barbara Brown Taylor finds God in the faith of others; Jean McNeil uncovers the meaning of winter for the Earth and herself.
Soul Seeing: Throughout his relatively short life, a constant flow of energy helped my nephew through situations that would have discouraged others.
We say: Beneath the alarmism, fear-mongering and sheer fiction dispensed by this administration is the question: Will the institutions that mold democracy and hold it together survive?