I wish that Winkler's compelling and disturbing story of bearing witness
had been told differently.
Because Great Gram's departure after this secret act left Gram to be "raised" and then raped and impregnated by Corregidora (172), this act is responsible for both the extension of the Corregidora maternal line and for hinting at the strategy of procreative "bearing witness
" the Corregidora women use to hold up his crimes.
For priests, whose calling is one of sacrifice, self-negation, and bearing witness
, to refuse to do the same is a blot on their mission.
For example, her arguments about bearing witness
could have been condensed at various points (for instance, on pages 191-93, her repeated mentioning of atrocity photos as "acts of bearing witness
," as upholding "the centrality of bearing witness
," and as "tools of bearing witness
" is simply redundant).
On display were hundreds of letters, faxes, sketches, and newspaper clippings bearing witness
to the bureaucratic red tape behind the APEC extravaganza--an ironic counterpoint to the music's soaring idealism and the flash of pyrotechnics.
On the one hand was an idea of political action that is ultimately a form of bearing witness
, taking a public moral stand as a self-justifying act.
While some might consider exploring the history of our trinitarian creeds a dull and irrelevant exercise (or even wince at the church-dividing and institutionalizing politics involved), as the story of Spirit-led theologians struggling to order what they saw in the scriptural witness as God's intrinsic order in a dynamic relationship bearing witness
to God's self, we might find kin as well as fresh insight here.
Black masses bearing witness
to some of the darkest hours of the twentieth century, they seemed charred.
Hayes' inclination to yank readers from their fantasy of bearing witness
and return them to the longing of the self, perhaps, highlights the entire collection's greatest ambition and its greatest weakness--tenderness.