May 2017

Vol. 82, No. 5

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Peripheral vision

by Jay Bouchard
Pope Francis calls us to society’s margins. Sometimes that means just crossing the street.


by Jennifer Szweda Jordan
Everyone, no matter their needs, deserves to be a part of parish life. But we must go beyond inclusion.


The Special Collection

by Brian Doyle
A parish honors one of its beloved members.

A love that heals

by Annemarie Scobey
Jesus calls us to love those who have experienced childhood trauma.

Sounding Board

It takes a parish

by Rosie McCarty
Readers say they want priests to take a collaborative approach to leading their parishes.

Expert Witness

Who is us?

an interview with Father Simon C. Kim
The church must confront racism, says this theologian, even when it’s painful or difficult.

Wise Guides

Beyond the bubble

by Jessie Bazan
Not practiced, solidarity is just another buzzword.


The Examined Life: Addicted to piety

By Beth Haile
Scrupulosity causes suffering.

Margin Notes: Don’t fence us in

By Kevin Clarke
U.S. policy contributes to world migration. Now we must respond to the crisis.

Culture in Context: America’s original sin

By Danny Duncan Collum
Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ reminds us that America’s original sin of racism is still waiting to be confessed and cleansed.

Testaments: Forge ahead!

By Alice Camille
Tempting as it may be to retreat to a secluded mountain, there’s no running from the world’s troubles.


Glad You Asked: Is there a difference between mercy and compassion?

By Beth Haile

 At Home with our Faith: Take a break

By Annemarie Scobey
To foster family closeness, go on a vacation together.

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)