Magazine | July 30, 2012, Issue



Our Reach To Heaven

rings true to our humanity

through symbols tangible

to the mind and to the eye;

the deeper the history,

the more compelling the concept,

the stronger its grip.

The chalice bearing

the spirit of God

does so in the wine,

the blood of the Son;

simple as a drink,

yet bearing a provenance

beyond understanding,

the full flower of sacrifice

partially accepted,

partially understood,

even as fully revealed,

not because of some oblivion,

under the full light of heaven,

to which we are tending,

but because our lives

and understanding are finite,

as is the chalice, and each drop

that we may drink from it,

in our best moments, joyous and grateful,

and at other times,

still within the history of the gift

and its meaning,

ringing true

to the most distant hearer

of the bells of joyful revelation,

and the dreams of his children,

and generations, by the grace of God,

yet to be born.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

This Isn’t CNN

Over three months in the winter of 1991, the eminently fashionable French Theorist Jean Baudrillard — you can tell he’s eminently fashionable because “Theorist” is capitalized and takes no modifier ...


Politics & Policy

Russia’s Choice

On the surface, Moscow has never looked more prosperous. High-end restaurants are full. Cyclists, strollers, and rollerbladers crowd Gorky Park. Newly built skyscrapers give the city a modern skyline, and ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Thirty Years’ War

As American diplomats and their international partners prepared to sit down with their Iranian counterparts in Baghdad last May to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, the State Department was aflutter. In ...
Politics & Policy

The Marriage Mess

The debate over whether to recognize same-sex relationships as marriages is among the most sensitive, difficult, and important in American public life. Sensitive, because it addresses real people’s happiness, and ...
Politics & Policy

Love Poetry

Angels — at least according to Hollywood — are handsome, shining, and strong. But the angel in Dana Gioia’s new book of poems looks like he’s been in a fight ...
Politics & Policy

Shock Plus Nothing

On the weekend before the Fourth of July, Americans lined up for two raunchy, R-rated exercises in transgression. In heartland cities like Indianapolis, Nashville, and Kansas City, notionally havens of ...


Politics & Policy


Is Nominal-Income Targeting Effective? In “Monetary Regime Change” (June 11), David Beckworth and Ramesh Ponnuru suggest that the Federal Reserve should adopt a target for nominal-income growth of 5 percent per ...
Politics & Policy


BELL AND CHALICE Our Reach To Heaven rings true to our humanity through symbols tangible to the mind and to the eye; the deeper the history, the more compelling the concept, the stronger its grip. The chalice bearing the ...

War of the Worldviews

A recent National Geographic survey found that Americans trusted Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the case of an alien invasion. Sixty-five percent to 35 percent. It is not clear ...
Happy Warrior

Street-Sign Statism

I’ve spent the last few weeks tootling round various parts of Britain and Europe, and, as always, it takes me a couple of days to acclimatize to local driving norms. ...

Most Popular


Holy Week with Saint Paul

Just the other day, I ordered a replacement copy of The Passion of the Christ -- it can be so impactful for Holy Week meditation. In the years since its release, it’s become something of required Lenten viewing for me. But this year, there is a new movie to help with prayer, Paul, Apostle of Christ, released ... Read More

Heckuva Job, Paul and Mitch

As Thursday's editorial makes clear, the omnibus spending bill is a disgrace. That may be why about 40 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Democrats) voted against it. Apart from the absence of a DACA/Dream amnesty, the immigration portions represent a comprehensive victory by the anti-enforcement crowd. ... Read More
Politics & Policy

California’s Pro-Nuclear Renegade

If California’s upcoming gubernatorial race gets decided solely by money, Michael Shellenberger doesn’t have a chance. The latest campaign filings show that Shellenberger, an environmentalist from Berkeley, has about $37,000 in cash on hand. The frontrunner in the June 5 California primary, Lieutenant ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Sliming of Bari Weiss

If you follow at all the ideological war that’s erupted around the New York Times editorial page, then you know Bari Weiss. It’s too much to call Bari conservative. A better description might be heterodox. On some issues, particularly social issues and immigration, she’s a woman of the Left. On others — ... Read More