The Word Among Us

August 2005 Issue


There's an old saying that goes, "Those who can, do; and those who can't, teach." At first blush, the sentiment behind this saying appears to be no more than an unjust criticism of the teaching profession. However, if we were to alter this saying a bit and apply it more universally, we can use it to identify a pattern of human behavior that affects all of us: Some think that they can do almost anything, while others think they can do hardly anything. More »

In June of 1924, at the age of thirty-eight, George Mallory—one of Britain's greatest mountain climbers—died. Having tried and failed twice before, he was attempting yet again to reach the summit of Mount Everest when he disappeared. It wasn't until 1999 that his frozen body was discovered by another expedition—only two thousand feet short of the summit. More »

Jesus wants to help us in all things. He wants to give us his peace and his confidence. He wants to help us overcome fears, doubts, or painful memories that rob us of our confidence. Paul wrote about God's peace and his desire to strengthen the Philippians because he saw how the Lord had given him divine strength and peace, and he knew that the same could happen for them. More »

Special Feature

Long before the Second Vatican Council encouraged the development of the "lay apostolate," Frank Sheed and his wife, Maisie Ward, were hard at work building the church. For more than five decades, this couple personified what it means to be always ready to give "an accounting for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15). They did it in ways that many may have found unconventional, but which we today might call pioneering. As street-corner evangelists, theological commentators, and successful publishers, Sheed and Ward blazed new trails and opened new opportunities for everyday people to give witness to their faith and proclaim to the world that God matters. More »

Every year on August 6, the church celebrates one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel, when Jesus' first followers are given a glimpse of his heavenly glory. Peter, James, and John have climbed a high mountain with their Master, when he is suddenly transfigured before their eyes. His face and clothing blaze with light; Moses and Elijah appear and begin speaking with him; and the Father's voice rings out a message of love and a command to listen (Matthew 17:1-9). More »

ght days into 2004, I made this entry in my journal: "It's a new year, yet there's nothing new in my life." With my fortieth birthday looming, I was insecurely employed, still single, childless, and feeling insignificant. As I wrote those words, I had no idea that this was the day when God would intervene to give me a new perspective. More »