US Catholic Faith in Real Life

May 2016

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Vol. 81, No. 5

Cover

What is spirituality?

An interview with Peter Feldmeier
Follow your heart, and it will lead you to God, says this professor of spirituality.

Feature

A deficit of hope

by Kristen Hannum
Our country’s juvenile justice system is broken. America’s youth needs the church to stand up and demand a change.

 

Feature

A church for the ages

by Hope Wabuke
Catholics say ancient roots and meaningful traditions keep them in the church despite its complicated history.

Sidebars:

An enchanted faith
By Emily Sanna

Being Catholic is cool again
By Shanna Johnson

 

Reader Survey

Stop celebrating the sacrament of departure

by Father Mark R. Francis, C.S.V.
Too many Catholics consider confirmation a graduation event. So let’s change the age we celebrate the sacrament and make it as exciting as the first day of school.

 

Essay

Plugging into family

by Annemarie Scobey
This summer, consider a vacation from tech time to connect with loved ones.

 

Essay

Your first rosary

by Brian Doyle

 

Wise Guides: A life for love

by Ellyn Sanna
Christian mystic Julian of Norwich found God’s love perpetually present, even in the tiny cell where she was willingly confined.

 

Columns

The Examined Life: The dark night
By Father Bryan Massingale

Margin Notes: It’s just good business
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Money for the masses
By Danny Duncan Collum

At Home with our Faith: Live the questions
By Annemarie Scobey

Glad You Asked: What do Protestants think of Mary?
By Kevin Considine

Testaments: The dark side of the works
By Alice Camille

 

Departments

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Reviews

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)