The Commonweal has occupied a unique place in American life and letters for twenty-five years. A magazine published under definitely Catholic auspices, it has established a reputation for literary excellence and a penetrating analysis of the contemporary scene which lifts it quite out of the propagandist role of most ""religious"" periodicals. The present editor of The Commonweal celebrates in this volume the silver anniversary of the magazine by republishing some of its representative selections. Included are comments on current events by such writers as Michael Williams, Thomas Merton and Franz Werfel; creative criticism by Berdayev, Maritain and Bernanos; stories by Dorothy Day, Jesse Stuart, J.F. Powers and others; and a collection of verse by such poets as Jessica Powers, W.H. Auden and Robert Lowell. Not only Catholics but other thoughtful citizens will welcome this anthology and thereby pay tribute to a noteworthy contribution to American thought and life.