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Archive for May 25th 2011

It's not uncommon to hear "Abba" or "Shepherd" as names of God. But what about "Voice of Freedom" or "You Who Question Souls"? In her new book Fragments of Your Ancient Name, Joyce Rupp, O.S.M., explores these names and 361 others—one for each day of the year. Rupp spoke with America following her talk "Exploring and Deepening Our Naming of Divinity" at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in March.

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Is there an inverse relationship between effective leadership of the bishops' conference and that of individual bishops? Or is it possible the stronger the voice of the bishops collectively, the stronger the voice of most bishops individually and locally? Peter Steinfels explores these questions in the May 30 issue of America, and here on our podcast. Steinfels' inquiry grew from his reading of George Weigel's recent article in First Things on the workings of the bishops' conference under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. You can read Steinfels' formal response to Weigel in Commonweal (subscriber only). Peter Steinfels is the co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University and the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.

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The Indian Jesuit Anthony DeMello died in 1987 but his spiritual writings still have wide appeal. In this discussion, Thomas G. Casey, S.J., a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome, and Margaret Brennan Hassett, one of his students, discuss their love for the work of "Tony" DeMello, and explain his teachings. Among DeMello's insights: that a deeper awareness of one's breathing can help facilitate prayer. Casey and Hassett's new book, From Fear to Serenity with Anthony DeMello, S.J., is published by Paulist Press.

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Students and faculty at Fordham University talk about eloquentia perfecta, a course of study that dates to the early days of the Jesuits. Read Kevin Clarke's article on EP in the May 16 issue.

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