From my friend, Fred, at Deep Furrows:
Well, I would. But I console myself by reading back issues of Traces. Here's something from the Christmas Issue 2001: No. 10. The context and truth of this editorial ring out even more authentically now than it did when the dust was still settling in New York:
«The entreaty to Christ for the life of the world and the truth of our existence is the clearest and most useful action that we can carry out.Couldn't have quoted it better myself!
But the Christian judgment is not expressed as a pure wish, it does not float several feet off the ground without getting its hands dirty in the concrete and ambiguous workings of history. The Christian is not a comfortable observer of someone else's match, since "in any case he already knows how things stand." Christians are not persons who think they are already living in Paradise. We get mixed up in things like everybody else, in the approximations and contradictions that touch every human, personal, social, and political situation. Any position of detachment, of not wanting to get involved in facing problems, masks a presumptuousness about the Christian's mission — as if the judgment that arises from faith coincided with a devaluation of the circumstances of personal, social, and political life.»Read more from: "Getting Our Hands Dirty"