July-September 2002

Volume 14, Number 3




A Pensive Pause

Three Funerals and a Wedding

John W. Groff, Jr.

Liturgical blunders are the subject of Fr. John W. Groff, Jr.'s "Pensive Pause" this time around. A delightfully humorous reflection from the insider's perspective, this essay names the specter crouching to pounce on the unsuspecting parish priest. Whether you're layman, clergy or simple spectator, this one is too much fun to miss!

The Letters Library

Readers continue to respond to the "Catherine Asks" query first posed in the January-March 2002 issue wondering if and how our readers' beliefs have changed since September 11, 2001. In addition, readers continue to explore questions raised in earlier issues, such as if all is "perfect just as it is."

Through a Glass Darkly

Robert Arias

Is the transcendent experience something imperceptible, "confined to some vague sense of a larger ontological perspective out there somewhere"? Or is it clear and solid, albeit often expressed as a formless form? Robert Arias offers some surprising ideas drawn largely from biblical texts.

Unconditional Love for your Enemies?

Jesus and the Samaritans

L. David Moore

Many consider those who perpetrated the atrocities that sear September 11, 2001 into our minds and hearts to be our "enemy." Yet how are we to respond? Jesus advises us to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." (Matthew 5:44). Yet did he talk the talk, then walk the walk when it came to the Samaritans, the "enemy" in the minds of many Jews of his day? And if he did, are his words and actions relevant today?

A Peek Between the Covers

Dan Hahn

The Reverend Daniel B. Hahn explores Jesus the Teacher Within, an outstanding book by Laurence Freeman which pivots upon Jesus' own question — "Who do you say that I am?" — and proceeds to explore the reader's own self-examination of "who am I?" and "who am I not?" Laurence Freeman, says Dan Hahn, "writes from his true self, betraying little ego investment in the outcome of his project." This makes for a noteworthy book — as well as an exceptional review.

Back Issue Special

Readers of C*NAQ are offered an opportunity to catch up on back issues they may have missed at an extraordinarily low price!


And more!


Click for a Look at More Back Issues


Return to C*NAQ's Welcome Menu