April 2016

Some articles are available only in the print issue.

Vol. 81, No. 4


Organic habits

by Jessica Mesman Griffith
Even before the papal call to action, the green sisters were pioneering environmental sustainability.


Put your faith in health care

by Katie Bahr
Medicine is more than surgery, medication, and the doctor’s office. Patients also need a healthy dose of spirituality.

Expert Witness

Everyone’s backyard

An interview with Sylvia Hood Washington
For this environmental activist, caring for our world involves inspiring others to take a closer look at the people in it.

Reader Survey

Who cares? We do.

by Laura Whitaker
Pope Francis says Catholics have a responsibility for the well-being of the world and all who live in it—and U.S. Catholic readers agree.


Stairway to Jehovah

by Taylor Davis-Hornibrook
On man’s misstep sparks interreligious dialogue.

Practicing Catholic: Prayer from scratch

by Emily Sanna
A recipe for molasses cookies becomes a perfect instruction for prayer.


The Examined Life: Mercy in chaos
By Meghan Clark

Margin Notes: The fracked up economy
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: A hero I can grow into
By Jessica Mesman Griffith

At Home with our Faith: What I wish I knew
By Annemarie Scobey

Glad You Asked: Is it sinful to charge interest on a loan?
By Kevin Considine

Testaments: Where your shadow falls
By Alice Camille


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)