August 2021

VOL. 86, NO. 8

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Features

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Digital connections

BY KATIE BAHR

Implemented out of necessity, some pandemic practices are worth keeping.

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The joy of love?

BY DON CLEMMER

Catholic teaching on sex leaves both couples and clergy confused.

Columns

THE EXAMINED LIFE

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Pause for effect

BY JESSIE BAZAN
Take a breath and pray your vocation into fruition.

CULTURE IN CONTEXT

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Grounded in truth

BY DANNY DUNCAN COLLUM
With elements of magical realism and even science fiction, The Underground Railroad paints a picture of slavery with historical roots.

SALT & LIGHT

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Connection lost

BY DAVID CLOUTIER
The pandemic brought plenty of communication but lacked communion. How can we get back on track?

MARGIN NOTES

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For keeps

BY KEVIN CLARKE
The emergency UBI experiment has passed or exceeded expectations.

TESTAMENTS

What’s up with Mary?

BY ALICE CAMILLE
Much of what we know about Mary is grounded not in scripture but in believers’ ongoing love for her and the holy family.

GLAD YOU ASKED

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Why isn’t Constantine a saint?

BY KEVIN P. CONSIDINE

Departments

Editors’ Note
You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)
Signs of the Times (News)
Catholic Tastes (Humor)
Reviews (Music, Film, Books)
Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Expert Witness

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‘Share’ the love

an interview with Ann Garrido
Living our faith online means valuing the truth, says this professor of homiletics.

Essays

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Tech support

BY JOHN T. GROSSO
Keep your parish connected with these best practices for digital ministry.

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Across the sea

BY DAMIAN COSTELLO
Our lady of Częstochowa forms an unlikely bridge between Poland and Haiti.

Reader Survey

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Faithful followers

BY NATHANIEL HUNTER
U.S. Catholic readers share where they find community online.

Wise Guides

Miracle man of Montreal

BY JOHN T. KYLER
André Bessette persevered through every obstacle, with miraculous results.

Home Faith

Nothing compares

BY TERESA CODA
Cut comparison out of your parenting practices.