November 2013

Vol. 78, No. 11


Private practices: The real prayer lives of Catholics

By Heather Grennan Gary
Catholics rarely discuss the intimate details of their prayer lives in public, but six brave souls were willing to give us a peek behind closed doors at their personal encounters with God.

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More Catholics share how they pray

Feature essay

10 things to know about Hispanic Catholics

By Timothy Matovina
Hispanics are one of the fastest growing populations in the church in the United States. Here are 10 key facts you may not know about the group that’s changing the face of American Catholicism.

Sounding Board

Say bon voyage to destination weddings

By Catherine O’Connell-Cahill
The exotic island nuptials that some couples clamor for are no day at the beach for their guests, and no destination beats the local parish. In Feedback, readers question whether destination weddings are worth the trip.


Sit down and be quiet

An interview with Father William Meninger
Whether in the middle of a crowded circus or confined to a quiet church, anyone can master the art of contemplative prayer, says this Trappist monk. All it takes is 20 minutes and the will to try.

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Father William Meninger on Julian of Norwich


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

Wise Guides: Moral authority

By Kristen Hannum
Jesuit Father Albert Foley wasn’t afraid to stand up to the Ku Klux Klan, or to the racial injustices of the segregated South.


By Brian Doyle
When tragedy befalls a nation, it is the little things that we often remember most.

The pastor

By Paul Myers
The death of a loved one is difficult news to bear—and even more difficult to share with the rest of the family.

The presence

By Richard Holinger


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: How many saints are there?


The Examined Life: The right woman for the job
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Too stressed for success
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Putting up a good fight
By Danny Duncan Collum

Testaments: Living on the edge
By Alice Camille