December 2014

Vol. 79, No. 12


The courage to forgive

By Kathy Saunders
Forgiving those who have hurt you is never easy, but it is often the best thing you can do for yourself.


It’s complicated

Despite what online dating sites may claim, true love is never just a click away. Finding your perfect match takes time, truthfulness, and plenty of trial and error.

Web-only sidebar:

How prevalent is the hook-up culture on college campuses?

Expert Witness

Accomplices of the Spirit

An interview with Claretian Father José Cristo Rey García Paredes
Religious orders are men and women on a mission, says this Claretian priest. Their goal: Spread the hope-filled message of the gospel far and wide.

Web-only sidebar:

The life of a Catholic missionary in China

Sounding Board

Don’t bring back the boys club

By Mary Kathleen Cahill
Parishes shouldn’t go back to the days of all-male altar servers at Mass. In Feedback, readers consider the value of boys and girls serving side by side.


(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)

Essay: Margaret

By Brian Doyle

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but hurtful words spoken on a playground can linger in our memories for years.

Essay: Pining for Advent

By Gina Ciliberto

A tree-trimming tradition may be just what you need to light up your Christmas spirit.

Essay: Away in a movie theater

By Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

Christmas movies don’t need Santa and Rudolph, or even baby Jesus, to teach us about the true reason for the season.

In Person: See no limits

By Jessie Bazan

John Erickson’s blind ambition has led him to adventures he never could have foreseen.


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: What is the communion of saints?


The Examined Life: Undocumented failure
By Kira Dault

Margin Notes: Cool it this Christmas
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Keeping up with the Roosevelts
By Nicholas Liao

Testaments: While you wait
By Alice Camille

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