September 2014

Vol. 79, No. 9


Selfie esteem

By Meghan Murphy-Gill
In the era of Instagram, the camera is always on and there’s constant pressure to look your best. How can young people filter out the negatives and see themselves through a more realistic lens?


The next generation

By Katie Bahr
Some young adults are so committed to ministry that they’re making a career out of it. Armed with advanced degrees, these young professionals are ready to lead the church into the future.

Expert Witness

For love of the game

An interview with psychologist Clark Power
Coaches shouldn’t blow a gasket on the sidelines when the players on the field are still in grade school, says the founder of Play Like a Champion Today. For kids, the glory of getting to play far outweighs the thrill of victory.

Web-only sidebar: 

Clark Power on abuse and homophobia in sports

Sounding Board

Save the wails

By Molly Jo Rose
For crying out loud, parents deserve a place where they can take noisy kids to regroup after a Mass meltdown. In Feedback, readers debate whether cry rooms are a panacea or a purgatory.


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

Essay: Just give me a reason

By Jessie Bazan
Don’t blame “kids these days” when you don’t see many young people in the pews. Instead ask yourself what the church is offering to appeal to their generation.

In Person: Comic consciousness

By Nicholas Liao
Art imitates life in the pages of Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novels.


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: What do Catholics believe about the devil?


The Examined Life: Fanfare for the common man
By Kira Dault

Margin Notes: Fault lines
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: All kidding aside
By Nicholas Liao

Testaments: In the garden of good and evil
By Alice Camille