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Volume 1.2
April 2003

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Robert Blair Kaiser: A Letter from the Editor
 
THE CHURCH COMES OF AGE
 
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)
 

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

INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
 
Paolo Dall'Oglio, SJ: In Praise of Syncretism
 
John D. Gerken: Priests: So Many Then, So Few Now
 
MEDIA AND CULTURE
 
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

PAPACY
 
Eugene C. Bianchi: If I Were Pope
 
POETRY
 
Louis Miles: communal farming
 
H.R. Stoneback: "Shock and Awe"
 
ROME DIARY
 
Robert Blair Kaiser: Rome Diary Index
Latest Chapter
 
SEX
 
Thomas Monteleone, Jason Berry, Geoff Cahill, Jack Florence: Four Responses to "On Addressing Sexual Abuse"
 
Paul Kelly: A Paul Kelly File
 
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VITAL SPEECHES
 
Daniel C. Maguire: The Voice of the Faithful in a Clergy-dominated Church
 
WAR AND PEACE
 
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...


 

“Shock and Awe”
 (on the First Day of Spring 2003)

Beyond all the TV screens
blazoned with fiery skies
backdrop of dinnertime television
where we search for basketball coalitions
as the troops take the Tigris
Marines move on the Euphrates

Beyond all BDAs and KIHAs
we partake of our rations
embedded within the Divisions of History
Battalions of Bombast
Regiments of Protest
Platoons of Poetry

Beyond the ancient chill of air-raid sirens
it sounds almost like some silly
post-modernist aesthetic axiom
coined by some English-major-turned-
colonel-wargames-strategist:
"Shock and Awe"

  (or maybe just some farmer's ceremonial
   wonder at the growth of his corn)

Between body-counts & basketball scores
falls the Final Four

Between March Madness & NCAA hoops
support the troops

Between jumpshots from 3-point range
runs regime-change

Between Notre Dame, Duke and UK
and all precision-guided play

   (Oh the global positioning of the heart,
    lasered flesh and satellite-soul)

Between the missile and the bomb
falls the poem

Between Tomahawk and Patriot-thud
sinks the Scud

Between the Predator and the Drone
sounds the tone

Between the Shock and the Awe
comes the call

   (To prayer in the crowded air
    of the dreamgreen night that we own)

Between the marches and the protests
footfall of Special Ops finesse

Between Notre Dame & Saddam Hussein
targets-of-opportunity & blame

Between boycotts, wine and cheese
and Jacques Chirac on his knees

Between MOABS & Daisy-Cutters
and death-drones in the gutter

   (Basketball, Shock & Awe, meat & salad:
    TV chants the Mother of all Ballads)

H.R. Stoneback

 

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