January 2018

Vol. 83, No. 1

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Social commitments

By Jessie Bazan
Let Catholic social teaching shape your new year.

See the hope

by Melissa Walker
Father Joe’s Villages in San Diego offers the homeless a vision of a different future.


It’s the grace

by Annemarie Scobey
There are many reasons to be Catholic. Grace is present in all of them.

Just like Jack

by Shanna Johnson
A tiny dog is a life lesson in how to get up and keep going.

Sounding Board

A Catholic issue

by Father Michael D. Calabria, O.F.M.

Resisting Islamophobia is the Catholic thing to do.

Expert Witness

The gospel in action

an interview with Kathleen Desautels, S.P.
If Jesus walked on earth today, he’d probably march alongside this Catholic activist and teacher.

Practicing Catholic

Move into mystery

by Jeffrey Essmann
Children’s preparation for their first communion is a reminder of the wonder of the Eucharist.


The Examined Life: Human together

By Meghan Clark
Flourishing, not fixing flaws, should be the goal.

Margin Notes: Another year of mercy

By Kevin Clarke
Mercy should be our policy on undocumented people.

Culture in Context: Empty arms

By Jessica Mesman Griffith
Invasion and destruction aren’t the feelings new Catholic mothers expect.

Testaments: Words wrapped in silence

By Alice Camille
Follow Mary’s example and give your heart to the mystery of God.


Glad You Asked: What is atonement?

By Kevin P. Considine

At Home with our Faith: #FamilyGoals

By Annemarie Scobey
This year, make resolutions deeper than who empties the dishwasher on Mondays.

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)