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Volume 1.2
April 2003

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Robert Blair Kaiser: A Letter from the Editor
Jim Bowman: How to Preach
José Ignacio González Faus, SJ: Memoria Subversiva, Memoria Subyugante: Présentación de Jesús de Nazaret (Español)
Subversive Memory, Captivating Memory: Presenting Jesus of Nazareth (English)
Bea Scott: Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Saint for the Rest of Us
José Ignacio González Faus, SJ: Memoria Subversiva, Memoria Subyugante: Présentación de Jesús de Nazaret (Español)
Subversive Memory, Captivating Memory: Presenting Jesus of Nazareth (English)

Robert Blair Kaiser: Rest in Peace
John Baumann, SJ:
Homily (English)
Homilía (Español)
Robert M. Holstein, Jr.: Message from Holstein
John Lounibos: About Holstein

Paolo Dall'Oglio, SJ: In Praise of Syncretism
John D. Gerken: Priests: So Many Then, So Few Now
Donn Downing: A Very Small Obsession & Just Who is Walter Ong?
Graciela Ramsay: Movie Review: The Crime of Father Amaro
Gaston Roberge, SJ: The Globalization of Terror and The Terror of Globalization

Eugene C. Bianchi: If I Were Pope
Louis Miles: communal farming
H.R. Stoneback: "Shock and Awe"
Robert Blair Kaiser: Rome Diary Index
Latest Chapter
Thomas Monteleone, Jason Berry, Geoff Cahill, Jack Florence: Four Responses to "On Addressing Sexual Abuse"
Paul Kelly: A Paul Kelly File
And for a subtle reminder where the Vatican stands on all this, click here

Daniel C. Maguire: The Voice of the Faithful in a Clergy-dominated Church
Leonardo Boff: Guerra massacre (Português)
Guerra masacre (Español)
War as a Massacre (English)
Brian Coyne:  Is This the Big Religious Question of Our Time?
José Ignacio González Faus, SJ: De «Occidente» al «Lejano Oeste»: Réquiem por la Razón (Español)
From the West to the Far West: A Requiem for Reason (English)
Robert Blair Kaiser: War's Holy Rhetoric
Bruce Kent: Christianity is not about power...


This was one of the last messages we got from Holstein, written shortly before his lung surgery in November. The operation went well, and, by Christmas, we all thought Bob was out of danger. Next thing we knew, he had passed into the light. As those who did not know him may be able to tell from this note, he was the real deal: honest, humorous, courageous, profane and prayerful, no pretense, no phony piety.

Ivo Sefton de Azevedo, one of our Just Good Company board members from Brazil, only knew Bob through the Internet and through Fr. John Baumann's final homily, which, Ivo said, moved him to tears. "As I kept reading it on and on, I felt as if one of my dearest friends was being well spoken of. Once I read that hawkish Cardinal Spellman used to contribute rather generously to some of pacifist Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker human promotion efforts, which caused some of his surprised friends to ask him why he did that. To which Spellman replied: 'She may be a saint!' Let me say now that I want to know more about Bob Holstein and, if possible, share that knowledge with Spanish-speaking readers of Just Good Company. Why? Because Bob Holstein may be a saint."

Here's one of Bob's last notes:

From: Bob Holstein <>
To: Companeros-listserve <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 08:15:08 -0800
Subject: [companeros-westcoast] Surgery Date on 20th of November

Dear Compas:

Just to keep your prayer wheels moving, I am going under the knife [actually the surgeon Bob McKenna says he is five feet away at times with the scope and camera doing the dirty deed]on the 20th. That was the date of my scheduled total hip replacement and had a good ring to it? I continue to be given a sense of peace about this experience. I know my asshole will start puckering the night before and day of the surgery, but up til now I have been truly given the gift of equanimity of spirit.

I am claustrophobic and so my only concern is coming out of surgery with tubes in every hole and being restrained. But there are wonderful meds for this and hope they give me some.

There is a 15% percent chance the nodule is not malignant. They will determine this in the surgery process and if we hit the jackpot it is hurray time and they sew me up. Of course this will require many days of notifying so many concern friends[you] that it was all a hoax and that the attention given me was fraudulenty extracted. So it makes having the fecking cancer more practical logistically. ha ha.

One of the important studies performed last week was a VQ gas study of my lung function [effective air/blood transfer]. With my severe asthma [I know many Compas will identify with this]I have significantly diminished lung capacity. So it is critical that they do not take too much. I luck out here pretty well as the upper right lobe of my lung [actually everyones]is the least effective chamber for air delivery [in my case 19% of 59%]. So on paper taking the upper right lobe is ok if you have to do it.

Had my heart study yesterday and it seems in great shape for the surgery. So it is all systems go for the 20th. We go the day before for blood tests etc, and will stay there in LA for the next days adventure.

McKenna says I will stay in Cedars probably 2-5 days depending on my lung function [has sent folks home in one day]. So I will be home for thanksgiving for sure. A little interior pain due to the intercostal ribs spread during surgery etc. but no probably ambulating.

My big decision right now is going to the Ignatian Family Teach In. We have a big ICUC/PICO fundraiser tonight for a local Judge who has sat on the bench for 50 years. A great character. Bob Semans is going to do a large painting describing this man as Mediator and it will hopefully hang in the rotunda of the most beautiful of all courthouses in California.

So Wendsday I will make the final decision. I really want to go [to Ft. Benning] mainly for self interested reasons- the number of students coming is through the roof and we fucked up on the housing. But most importantly I want to be there to see my niece Sarah Berger reign as the Boston College rep to the SOA. And then the Companions who went to Salvador came up with the idea of bringing two students from the UCA to the Teach In and they are coming-so a lot reasons. But I do recognize my primary responsibility to my wife and kids to be ready for this surgery. So I discern.

In the line of Bill Dudley and others I wanted to let you know of what was going down. Hope it is not more than you would want to hear. I want to get over this and get onto some late year duck and goose hunting and some winter steelhead fishing.

bob of the Cedars of Sinai


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