November 2011

Vol. 76, No. 11


Has hell frozen over?

By J. Peter Nixon
Are fire and brimstone passé? We dig into the apparent disappearance of damnation from the Catholic imagination.


Visions of hell: Depictions of hell in art


Work hard, pray hard

An interview with Jim Forest
How did a world-famous Trappist monk and the co-founder of the Catholic Worker become pen pals? Jim Forest tells the inside story of the friendship between Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.

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Think outside the box

By Joe Sehee
Catholics should reclaim the literal meaning of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” by making their funerals eco-friendly.


House work

By Karen Kirkwood
More than 30 years after the death of Dorothy Day the Catholic Worker movement she helped found still labors to bring about her vision of local hospitality and global peace.


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

Charlie is dying

By Father Richard G. Malloy, S.J.
When “one of the guys” takes a turn toward death, the specter of mortality takes friendship to a new and deeper level.

Practicing Catholic: Family album

By Sue Stanton
Sharing mementos of departed loved ones is a picture-perfect way for a parish to mark the month of All Souls.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews

Glad You Asked: Why do we anoint the sick?

At Home with Our Faith

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: Put faith in your vote
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: A killer toothache
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Space invaders
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Over the hill
By Alice Camille