August 2019

Vol. 84, No. 8

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Sacred energies

By Christine Valters Paintner
Connect to God and the Earth by praying with the four elements.

Restore justice

by Amanda Hendler-Voss

U.S. Catholics are taking seriously Pope Francis’ call to abolish the death penalty.


Equality at work

by Deacon Ray Dever
Where does the church stand on the dignity of LGBTQ workers?

The madcap hairdresser

by Joan Sauro
A reflection on the love of a long marriage.

Sounding Board

Maternity matters

by Molly Jo Rose
Catholic universities need to provide better parental leave, says this professor.

Expert Witness

Divine vision

an interview with Hans Boersma
What does it mean to see God?

Wise Guides

Wisdom endures

by Christine Valters Paintner
The lasting legacy of St. Benedict through the eyes of a Benedictine oblate.


The Examined Life: Become fire

By Jessie Bazan
Be who God made you to be.

Margin Notes: Elastic thought

By Kevin Clarke
We need a macro project for micropollution.

Culture in Context: What might have been

By Danny Duncan Collum
The present is a pretty good time to hear from the Russian who ended the first Cold War.

At Home with our Faith: A burning church

By Annemarie Scobey
Our church is being saved by those who run into the fire, not by those who pretend it’s not burning.

Testaments: It’s good to be great

By Alice Camille
Meekness may be a more laudable quality than ‘greatness.’

Glad You Asked: Why aren’t bishops elected?

By J. Peter Nixon


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)