April 2015

Vol. 80, No. 4


Knowing Jesus

by Ruth Graham

There are almost as many different portrayals of Jesus as there are Christians. How can Catholics cut through the caricatures and have a personal encounter with the true Christ?

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Will the real Jesus please stand up?

Feature Essay

Off the beaten path

by Father John Rausch

Appalachia faces a host of challenging issues, but the best way to understand them is to meet the people who deal with them every day.

Expert Witness

Keeping the peace

An interview with ethicist Tobias Winright

A military mind-set has no place in modern policing, says this former law enforcement officer. But a more community-oriented approach can keep the streets safer for both people and police.

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The Walter Scott shooting and the use of police force

Sounding Board

Heroes not welcome

by Mike Gable

Mission trips should be about understanding the people we meet, not making us feel better about ourselves. In Feedback, readers ponder who these excursions really serve.

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Seven steps for transforming your next mission trip



by Joan Sauro, C.S.J.

She may have grown up to become a Sister, but at heart she will always be that young girl with skinny legs.

Practicing Catholic: A canticle a day

by Ed Block

Like an old, familiar song, the canticles never fail to comfort and inspire.

Poem: Sestina for Holy Thursday

by Charlotte Innes

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


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


At Home with Our Faith (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: Why do Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on different days?


The Examined Life: Real scandal
By Meghan J. Clark

Margin Notes: Darkest before the dawn
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Serial obsession
By Meghan Murphy-Gill

Testaments: The good news about heresy
By Alice Camille