May 2018

Vol. 83, No. 5

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Social habits

By Kristen Whitney Daniels
Times are changing and these cloistered nuns are adapting.

Avenging angel

by Judith Valente
This detective’s vocation is naming the dead.


Ruined for life

by Annemarie Scobey
Postgraduate volunteer service is a life-changing experience.

The Blue Rosary

by Brian Doyle
A simple gift reveals extraordinary generosity.

Sounding Board

Free to believe?

by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
Religious freedom laws may harm more than they help.

Expert Witness

Drug problems

an interview with Fran Quigley
Why is medicine in the United States so expensive?

Wise Guide

The courage to answer

by Molly Jo Rose
The bravest among us are often children.


The Examined Life: What sustains you?

By Jessie Bazan
The Holy Spirit reveals unity in diversity.

Margin Notes: The last straw

By Kevin Clarke
From dust we have come and to dust we shall return. That is essentially not true for plastics.

Culture in Context: Love thy neighbor

By Danny Duncan Collum
Fred Rogers believed that love, embodied as justice and compassion, could change the world.

Testaments: In biblical fashion

By Alice Camille
Some of your favorite Bible characters wear their faith on their sleeves.


Glad You Asked: Is it OK to leave Mass after communion?

By Victoria M. Tufano

At Home with our Faith: Keep prayer in mind

By Annemarie Scobey
Prayer from the heart doesn’t always require words.

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)