The Common Good

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For many years, the December issue of Sojourners has honored a person or persons who somehow communicates the mystery, love, and truth of God in the world, incarnate.
Jesus spoke all these things in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. -Matthew 13:34 Story penetrates our souls and is woven into our being.
I discovered O'Connor when I was in college in the North and took a course in Southern writers and the South.
Flannery O'Connor and the healing of Southern culture


Love and the Power of God


And you shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the soul of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt. -Exodus 23:9
In 1967, two veteran Washington, D.C.
Christmas came early this year, Lord, Not only in the singing of "Silent Night," but in the singing of "Nkosi Sikelel'i Africa" from the Parliament steps in Cape Town.
For years I scoffed at the idea of violence outside abortion clinics. Sure, plenty of violence was going on inside the clinics-more than 4,000 babies killed every day.
When the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, its drafters specified one exception: prisoners.
When I first heard about The Bell Curve, the new book by Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein, I remembered an incident last year at Sojourners Neighborhood Center.


I guess I am doin' all right. I'm studyin', and like the teacher
says, it pays off.

This fall's elections were indeed a political turning point. The
Democrats who say their debacle was only a rejection of politics
in general and whoever was in power are just wrong.

It is fitting that this morning, after paying bills and moaning
about another increase in our health insurance premium, I came
across a Russian proverb in a nutrition magazine: "Drink
a glass

Anew day has dawned in our country. Unfortunately, that day is
some time in the 1950s. The Republicans are back and have absolute
control of the U.S.

Culture Watch

Flannery O'Connor's disorienting fiction
Amidst the joy of celebrating the coming of the Child at Christmas, many of us are caught up in the bustle of holiday travels, shopping sprees, and plans to serve those less fortunate.
Books for pleasure and meaning.
Ordinary experience and extraordinary insight.
Small groups and the renewal of the church.
Groups that work.
Public forgiveness and TV Scandal.
The Vigilantes of Love's views on the American Dream


Three American soldiers committed suicide in the first few months after U.S. forces arrived in Haiti in September 1994.
Providing refuge for homeless families
Hunched over his mop, backbone like knotted cord, Biceps straining with age, he scours away The stains of yesterday, ridding the room Of ghostly sneaker prints, crab apple pitch,
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (November 27 - February 12, 1995)
1995 CALENDARS Searching for thoughtful gift ideas?
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Live in a L'Arche Community in Portland, Oregon.
When in doubt, have a party. Our editor, Jim Wallis, spent October on the road doing a promotional tour for his new book, The Soul of Politics.

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