The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

An urgent appeal to the churches
"Think about how much of our lives we spend at work," the executive of a New York publishing house said wistfully to me.
Eight principles for life in an honest, value-centered, competitive organization.


Walking around my hometown of San Francisco, I am always struck by a remarkable cultural vibrancy that translates into religious dynamism.
In prison and out, Philip Berrigan lived for freedom.
Philip Berrigan, 79, the first American Catholic priest jailed for political dissent, according to one biographer, died on December 6, 2002, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Art, Beauty, and the voice of God.


The cost? We're already paying it.
The church's role in southern Africa.
A grassroots movement stares down an oil company.
Where oh where can we put the homeless?


We had only a few weeks to organize "Pray and Act: A Service for Peace and Justice" on January 20, the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

I began 2003 in Cuba. It's a good practice to launch a new year with fresh insights. Cuba did not disappoint. It was my first visit to the island nation.

What follows is an imprecise, and likely inaccurate, interpretation of the prologue to
the gospel of Mark.

Remember the TV commercial where a man is walking down a dark city street and nervously glances back at two shadowy figures?

Culture Watch

The high cost of corporate radio.
Philip Morris is the public face of American tobacco.
I have just begun reading Donna Tartt's new novel The Little Friend...
Yesterday I got a call from a friend I hadn't spoken with in more than a year. "I have to tell someone this," she said.
The genius of American jazz is using an unexpected note or chord to add an element of surprise when the music goes where you least expect.
One of the many and fruitful exaggerations in Yann Martel's Life of Pi is the assertion, made by a minor character, that Pi's story will "make you believe in God."
Struggle is a universal part of human experience, but hope—though hard to see in disappointing circumstances—is the other side of that coin.
"We believe in heaven and that Tim is with God," says a Catholic woman who lost her husband in the 9-11 attacks.
It's likely that the Nazi genocide of European Jews (along with Gypsies, homosexuals, and others considered ethnically or socially deficient) is the most well-documented...


I've grown a little cynical about Lenten devotion.
BorderLinks, a binational organization educating people about the realities of the U.S.-Mexico border, has always been good at getting personal without thinking small.
Employment Opportunities
Catholic peace activist Philip Berrigan died in December, only a few months after he was diagnosed with cancer.