The Common Good
January-February 2002

Inside Story

by The Editors | January-February 2002

The times are strange and uncertain. So we are responding the same way we would at any other time: By searching our souls, with the assistance of Kathleen Norris and Richard Rohr, OFM.

The times are strange and uncertain. So we are responding the same way we would at any other time: By searching our souls, with the assistance of Kathleen Norris and Richard Rohr, OFM. By wrestling with principles of justice and peace in editor Jim Wallis' article on the "hard questions" we face. By seeking, with the guidance of Joan Chittister, OSB, to put our own house, the church, more in order with God's vision of the full humanity of women and the call to discipleship. By finding hope in both history and the future, through the stories of the children of activist parents. By pondering art and culture that offers us solace, challenge, and wisdom in varied, passionate ways.

Even more than usual, easy answers and quick fixes seem inadequate. While in the long run that may be all to the good, who among us would mind just a small easy answer or two? But we are in a season of questions, and faith seems to be calling us to abide with those questions, not to rush to answers, resolutions, or explanations. As Richard Rohr so elegantly puts it, this is sacred space-but "no fun."

The song says that while we don't know what the future holds, we know who holds the future. What can any of us do except live accordingly? We hope this issue helps you negotiate it all, the day-to-day and the timeless. -The Editors

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