August 2017

Vol. 82, No. 8

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Life’s work

Six reflections on the shared work of building the church.

Finding refuge

by Jennifer Szweda Jordan
How one man started a mission to resettle Syrian refugees.



by Brian Doyle
A church is a place to rest and restore.

A hard knot to untie

by Father Bill Barman
How can a pastor make everyone in a multicultural parish happy?

Sounding Board

From roommates to riches

by Jessie Bazan
There’s a problem when luxury is the standard—especially at Catholic colleges.

Expert Witness

Just friends

an interview with Jafar Mahallati
Friendship should be the foundation for good international relations, says this former U.N. ambassador.

Wise Guide

A good critic

by Pamela Hill Nettleton
Writing about movies, Roger Ebert had a lot to say about life.


The Examined Life: Social network

By Beth Haile
The common good is best discerned among diversity.

Margin Notes: Job insecurity

By Kevin Clarke
Insecurity persists even as U.S. unemployment rates hit new lows.

Culture in Context: Common faith

By Danny Duncan Collum
Documentary film ‘Sacred’ explores ritual and prayer as primary human experiences.

Testaments: What’s new?

By Alice Camille
The Eucharist may not immediately transform the faithful, but stick around for a lifetime and see what happens.


Glad You Asked: Was Jesus a refugee?

By Alice Camille

 At Home with our Faith: Life unexpected

By Annemarie Scobey
When plans go awry, consider the possibilities.

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)