September 2010

Vol. 75, No. 9



First comes love: How young couples are altering the path to marriage

By Heather Grennan Gary
More couples are creating their own variations on the standard progression from love to marriage—sometimes with stops in between. Heather Grennan Gary explores how couples are tackling church teaching on marriage and family, for better and for worse.


Is marriage on the rocks?

Sounding Board

Don’t wait for marriage

By John Van Epp
With many young adults delaying marriage to their late 20s, John Van Epp issues a countercultural call to put a ring on it in Sounding Board. In Feedback readers married and single debate the best age for wedding bells.


In good company

By Christina Capecchi
Young adults are finding they have to do some community organizing of their own if they want to make a church connection, writes Christina Capecchi.


Tips for young adults in search of faith communities

Tips for faith communities in search of young adults

Photo Story

Traveling mercies

By Alexander Zoltai
After eight months in Guatemala, Alexander Zoltai had to say good-bye to new friends, but he took with him fond memories and a deeper faith, along with the images in this photo story.


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


By M.M. Hubele
What’s the connection between Hindu yoga and Christian prayer? It’s all in the way you stand, writes M.M. Hubele. Or sit. Or kneel. Or lie down.

In Person: Goal keeper

By Daniel P. Smith
David Mulcahy may be young, but he’s already scored big with his ideas to fight poverty, writes Daniel P. Smith.


By Christopher Wilson
It turns out there’s an app for that, too, writes Christopher Wilson, who catalogs some of the best ways for digital-age Catholics to stay connected to the divine.

Practicing Catholic: BYO faith

By Joanna Hatch
Sodalities may have an old-school feel, but they do share some things with today’s faith-sharing groups, writes Johanna Hatch. For one, they both start around the kitchen table.

Word of God, Word of life

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
Though not quite a rock star, the late Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. helped U.S. Catholic readers find in the Bible rock-solid faith, writes executive editor Meinrad Scherer-Emunds.


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: Is social justice the same as socialism?


The Examined Life: Problem children
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Union made in China
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: No free rides
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Words of wisdom
By Alice Camille