January 2016

Some articles are available only in the print issue. 

Vol. 81, No. 1


Nonprofit prophets

by Kristen Hannum
Women of faith are leading the church in the modern world by working in nonprofit organizations.


Women full of grace

by Heather Grennan Gary
Mary the virgin mother is a tough act to follow, especially for Catholic women without kids. But these women are still a source of life in the world.

Expert Witness

Lovers, tricksters, and victims

An interview with T.J. Wray
Women in the Bible are not always as they seem, says biblical scholar T.J. Wray. A closer read shows how varied they really are.

Sounding Board

Let them read books

by Emily Sanna
Let teens learn about life’s complexities by reading young adult literature.


On the fence

by Sister Francine Dempsey, C.S.J.
A single act of civil disobedience reveals the power of nonviolence.


Expensive blessings

by Annemarie Scobey
While affording Catholic school means sacrifices for many families, the rewards are worth the price tag.

Practicing Catholic: Weathering drought

by Christine Lai
A good garden can grow the soul.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: Fostering family
By Meghan Clark

Margin Notes: The fire this time
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Live to eat
By Meghan Murphy-Gill

At Home with our Faith: Give it time
By Annemarie Scobey

Glad You Asked: Are relics a thing of the past?
By James Cahill

Testaments: Proceed with caution
By Alice Camille