The Common Good

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Cover Story

The power of God in the creative vocation.
IN MY AUGHT YEARS (that time before teen-dom), somebody in my family left a hamburger on the stove, which proceeded to catch afire.
THE TASK of the novelist is to give the devil his due. I will leave it to the saints to manifest God's presence in their words and deeds. That is the art of saints.
Creativity comes from inspiration; inspiration comes from spirituality; spirituality comes from holiness; and holiness comes from God. All people are created in the image of God and so are spir
GOD'S CREATIVITY can be reflected in innumerable ways in our world, but artists have a particular role. Artists often instinctively sense changes in society first.
About 10 years ago, I fulfilled my great childhood wish to own a horse.
MY WORK AS AN ARTIST is a reflection of God's work of creation in our society and in the world.
Creativity and spirituality are intimately linked
For political writers who see our work as a necessary tool in the struggle for social change, faith is essential; it determines and shapes commitment as well as vision.


Jesus answers our cry for spiritual deliverance. A Bible study on Mark 5:1-20.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Applying social analysis to the political process.


Pat Buchanan and the Religious Right.
Christians and the Endangered Species Act.
The Christian Coalition stalks Catholics.
What to do about sleazy TV?
Churches stand with those who labor.
Shattering myths in Northern Ireland.


Two recent films have caused me much reflection.

She lays her smooth head in her mother's lap. Then she folds her long leg-long for a 9-year-old-under herself, hiding the pink satin ballet slipper on her foot.

One can only marvel at couples who successfully manage life in
community alongside their own needs as spouses.

When blizzards closed down cities on the East Coast this past winter, the media reported on some strange meals people were eating. 

I am going to begin this story, in a sense, where it ended, and where it will never end.

Primary season mercifully draws to a close...

Culture Watch

World music: The sound of the global village.
Jane Austen's moral universe.
Sketches of God from children in crisis.
Rock, religion, and redemption.
Gifted with the "jewels of one's own tradition."
Barbara Kingsolver swims at high tide.
The ground of urban ministry.
Huey Long taught us that "all politics is personal."
If Pat Buchanan had not roared, grinning and sweaty, through the American political scene this year, someone would have invented him


At altitude on scaffolding to uncover art
Hearing the facts about the death penalty.
A way to make a positive difference this election year.
Cook for a Cause. State of the World. Access to Reinvestment. National Green Pages.
Reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle A.
SEVERAL OF the artists who wrote for our forum on the creative vocation touched on the fact that art, like faith, is hard work as well as sweet inspiration.