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At one point in her novel, Men and Angels, Mary Gordon describes a young mother who each day has a little ritual as she waits for her children to come home from school. She sets a chair by the window so she can lean on it. In that way she can see her children as they run up to the house but she can also use the chair to steady herself.
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Our world stands in need of prophecy. No one doubts this. It would seem too that there is no shortage of voices which claim to be prophetic. From every kind of religious and ideological camp there issue forth numerous voices, each one claiming to bring the particular challenge needed.
In the literary world a distinction is made between a critic and an artist. A critic assesses things, an artist produces them.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in his Mass for the World, shares how he personally understands the offering of the bread and wine at the Eucharist.