April 2010

Vol. 75, No. 4


Our Lady of Waste Management

By Kristen Hannum
Catholics are discovering a new devotion to the environment, with recycling and rain gardens complementing Sunday Mass and rosary beads. Kristen Hannum explores the many ways parishes are going green.

For God so loved the cosmos

By Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.
When the Word became flesh, be became the stardust, too, argues the theologian Elizabeth Johnson. For that reason even the stones have a share in salvation.

Religious by nature

By Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M.
There’s no conflict between finding God in nature and finding God at church, says Keith Warner. He calls for a spirituality that transforms the world outside by transforming us from inside.

Sounding Board

Let’s drop the bomb

By Bishop Leroy Matthiesen
There’s no time like the present to abandon the greatest threat to our future, says retired Bishop Leroy Matthiesen. Catholics and their bishops should lobby for total disarmament, lest our nuclear nightmare become reality. In Feedback readers consider the merits of Mutual Assured Destruction.


Coming home to roost

By Michelle Bearden
Why should you have to tell your kid to take out the trash when he’s 23? Michelle Bearden reports on the challenges of a crowded house when young adult children get boomeranged back to the nest.


Ground rules for a peaceful home


(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)

Who are you calling a saint?

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
As we continue to celebrate our 75th anniversary, our executive editor revisits a prophet of our recent past, Dorothy Day, who 30 years after her death continues to challenge the church she loved.

Help! I need somebody

By Ann O’Connor
How many cupcakes does it take to realize you can’t do it all on your own? Somewhere around 300, writes Ann O’Connor, who finds that she can get by with a little help from her friends.

Wise Guides: Fire starter

By Donald W. Mitchell
Chiara Lubich was inspired by a love that could gather many people around a single flame, writes Donald W. Mitchell. Her Focolare movement sparked dialogue among religions that still lights a way the world over.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: Is it a sin to drive an SUV?


The Examined Life: What’s your sign?
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Go outside and play
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Picturing the end
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: The beloved Gospel?
By Alice Camille