March 2011

Vol. 76, No. 3


What’s right with this picture?

By Agustin Gurza
The church’s growing population of Hispanic youth—now the majority of Catholic young people—is more than just a demographic shift, reports Augustin Gurza. They’re building a new way of being Catholic from the ground up.


Pastoral juvenil in action: What happens when young adults take the lead

Sounding Board

When I was a stranger

By Heather Grennan Gary
New in town, the author found her local parish didn’t exactly welcome her family with open arms. Here, she prescribes a few easy remedies. Readers suggest a spirituality of hospitality in Feedback.


Spanglish lessons

An interview with Carmen Nanko-Fernandez
Do you speak Spanglish? If not, you might want to learn. Blending pop music and prayer, culture and church, the new Catholic generation likes to mix it up.


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

Lives of the saints

By Joel Schorn
Joel Schorn profiles some holy heroes whose halos started out a little crooked.lowing a field with a team of horses may be a throwback to times gone by, but it also led the author contemplate an ancient eucharistic connection to all creation.

Open space

By Sheryl Frances Chen, O.C.S.O
God’s peculiar language is best discerned in the pauses, emptiness, and silences of life.

Why I love being a priest

By Father Charles B. Gordon, C.S.C.
Let the author count the sometimes surprising ways.

In Person: Home builder

By Tim Carnahan
Angela Hurlock knows that stable neighborhoods need settled, secure neighbors. That’s why her work is to help others find a place to call home.


Editors’ Note

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: What’s the history behind adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?


The Examined Life: Judgment call
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Collateral damage
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: How the West wasn’t
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: No place like home
By Alice Camille