August 2015

Some articles are available only in the print issue. 

Vol. 80, No. 7


Waterproof: How New Orleans’ faith endured Katrina

by Kristen Hannum
New Orleans has faced a flood of problems in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. But Catholic communities have remained strong—and are at the heart of the rebuilding process.

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New Orleans’ long road to rebuilding after Katrina


Finding my place

From praying at a monastery in the mountains to working for an inner-city ministry, men and women religious have uncovered many different paths to God.

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Additional stories of religious life

Expert Witness

When help isn’t helpful

An interview with author Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.
Our aging parents don’t need us to clean out their cupboards, says this renowned spirituality writer. Sometimes we simply need to lend a compassionate ear.

Sounding Board

A moral obligation

by Dr. Edwin Anderson
Vaccines are a shot in the arm for the common good. In Feedback, readers have a healthy debate about vaccine requirements.


Swing and a mistake

by John Rosengren
When famed pitcher Juan Marichal hit fellow ballplayer John Roseboro, he wished it was one strike he hadn’t thrown.


Are we living in sin?

by Father Paul Keller, C.M.F.
When preaching about marriage, the church needs to watch its language.

Wise Guides: The prodigal son

by Caroline McGraw
Henri Nouwen gained fame as a leading voice on Catholic spirituality, but he needed a radical lifestyle change to find true joy.


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: Do Catholics believe in evolution?


The Examined Life: Ignorance, indifference, and fear
By Father Bryan Massingale

Margin Notes: Save the mothers
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: All politics aside
By Danny Duncan Collum

Testaments: The God problem
By Alice Camille