Vol. 79, No. 6
Of two minds
By Ruth Graham
Is faith all in your head? Some scientists say we’re born with religion on the brain, but whether our spiritual synapses point to a higher power is a whole other matter.
This is your brain on faith
The places they’ll go
By Catherine O’Connell-Cahill
When people in the most remote, forgotten places look for help, thinking they’ll find none, what they’re more likely to find is a nun—or a whole community of them.
A call of their own
An interview with theologian Deacon William T. Ditewig
Deacons are a permanent vocation like no other in the Catholic Church, says this veteran of the diaconate. But it’s outside the church walls where deacons do their most important work.
Deacon William T. Ditewig on recruiting Hispanic deacons
Think before you frack
By Dan Misleh
Catholics need to dig beneath the surface on the issue of fracking and extract some alternative energy solutions. In Feedback, readers add fuel to the debate over the use of fracking.
(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)
Poem: Your dad
By Brian Doyle
Essay: Say ‘Yes’ to a happy parish
By Paul Wilkes
A good pastor doesn’t make a great parish. He just knows when to stand back and let the people do it themselves.
In person: No dream too big
By Kristen Hannum
Ana Aguayo knew that someone had to speak out for the rights of undocumented immigrants. She just never thought it would be her.
You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)
Signs of the Times (News)
Catholic Tastes (Humor)
Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews
At Home with Our Faith (Family spirituality)
Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)
Glad You Asked: Can we call God ‘Mother’?
The Examined Life: Corporate interests
By Kira Dault
Margin Notes: Paul’s letter to the poor
By Kevin Clarke
Culture in Context: To tell you the truth
By Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Testaments: Fateful companion
By Alice Camille