Chronicles Magazine November 2003

  • VIEWS

    Divided Loyalties, Misplaced Hopes

    “By their fruits, ye shall know them,” our Lord once warned. Too often, however, when it comes to the promise of power or the allure of success, Christians are easily swayed to align themselves with those who cry, “Lord, Lord,” yet are, in...

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  • Correspondence

    Tangerine Dreams

    Behind the recent headlines here in Mexico of massive peasant protests, blocked highways and international crossings, and demands for NAFTA treaty renegotiation lay a few facts about incompetence, corruption, and inefficiency.

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  • Perspective

    Moon-Man Religion

    American Christians love to deceive themselves. They close their eyes and pretend that the government’s war against their religion is a temporary aberration; they insist—against all the evidence—that Abraham Lincoln was a Christian.

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  • Correspondence

    Made for Love

    Vanity plates, I once heard—vehicle registration numbers, in other words, that are believed to hold meanings or to pose riddles, in the pedestrian minds of idle onlookers and fellow motorists stuck in traffic—often cost many times more than the...

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  • Letters to the Bishop

    Eucharistic Seconds

    Recently, having finished my post-Communion prayers at Mass, I was sitting along with everyone else, listening to our priest make a few announcements and deliver his last joke of the day, when I noticed my young neighbor in the pew—she was 15 or...

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  • REVIEWS

    A Faithful Life

    In 1994, Lois Lindstrom, an American, moved to Stockholm. There she befriended Karin Wiking, then in her early 70’s, and from their regular conversations grew this very personal book about Mrs. Wiking’s life and experiences.

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  • REVIEWS

    Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

    A decade ago, a friend of mine was working for a prestigious law firm in Washington, D.C., which had decided to institute a “paperless” office. The process would take a couple of years; in the interim, to smooth the transition, every form had to...

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  • IN THE DARK

    Quaint Honor

    I am writing this review in my room at Hertford College in Oxford University, where I am attending the Evelyn Waugh centennial conference. Waugh studied at Hertford from 1921 to 1924, and, though not a distinguished student, he acquired some...

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