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Archive for September 24th 2009

Susan Windley-Daoust, a professor of theology at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, makes the case that birth is not simply an ordeal to endure, but a rich spiritual gift that is comparable in many ways of the prayer life. She argues that while medicine has made great strides in the area of childbirth, it has not come without some cost to the spiritual immediacy of the experience.

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James Martin, S.J., America's culture editor, looks at the first few seasons of the AMC television show "Mad Men" and the literary and philosophical themes it invokes, from John Paul Sartre and Richard Yates to Flannery O'Connor.

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Jesuit ethicist Thomas Massaro considers the legacy of Ted Kennedy and Robert McNamara, and explores the complexities of bringing the church's social tradition to bear on political decisions.

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