April 2011

Vol. 76, No. 4


Don’t be crude

By Dan Misleh
Letting go of our petroleum-based lifestyle may require the 12 steps, and the first is admitting we have a problem. In Feedback readers consider which steps they are ready to take.


Upon this empty lot

By Judith Dupre
Building a house is a big job, but making a place for the people of God is a task of biblical proportions.


New homes for old church treasures

It’s easy being green


Parks & Re-Creation

By Megan Sweas
It took God eons to create the river that runs through the South Bronx, but it only took decades for a concrete plant to ruin it. To bring it back to life? Well, that took a youth group.


Universal savior

An interview with Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio
Christ is evolution’s spiritual side, and we all have a part to play in bringing his presence to fullness.


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

On fertile ground

By Robert L. Ernst
Plowing a field with a team of horses may be a throwback to times gone by, but it also led the author contemplate an ancient eucharistic connection to all creation.

And now a word from your sponsor

By Dennis Mauro-Huse
Godparenting doesn’t end after fulfilling the “Easter duty” of standing up at the baptism. In this letter, a godparent offers sage advice for his gaggle of 11 godchildren.

Practicing Catholic: Lip service

By Gabe Huck
Good Friday’s once-a-year veneration of the cross is a reminder to live always in the mystery of Christ’s victory over death.


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: What are the Ten Commandments?


The Examined Life: Boxed in
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Tweet like an Egyptian
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Cutthroat choreography
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Traitors among us
By Alice Camille