Vol. 75, No. 11
By Daniel P. Smith
Coffee and chocolate sales have become seasonal staples at parish Christmas bazaars, but how much of a difference is fair trade really making? Daniel P. Smith explorews whether this movement is sustainable.
By Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M.
The human side of health care has been replaced at the bedside by burdensome technology, especially at life's end, says physician and ethicist Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M. But Catholic wisdom that predates even antibiotics holds the key to rediscovering the art of dying well.
By Father James Field
A funeral is no place for an open microphone, argues Father James Field, speakng from experience. The Mass for the dead shouldn't be a tribute to the deceased but a thanksgiving for a disciple's life in Christ. In Feedback readers discern the boundary between appropriate remembrance and too much information.
(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)
By Sue Fox McGovern
Sue Fox McGovern discovers lessons for living as she walks with the dying in their final days.
By Robert Ellsberg
There was more to Dorothy Day than bread, soup, and picket lines, writes biographer Robert Ellsberg. As her personal letters reveal, the energy for her activism had deep roots in spiritual discipline.
A rite to remember
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.
In Person: A good rep
By Heidi Schlumpf
From a war-torn Saigon to a Katrina-ravaged New Orleans to a divided Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao's experiences of suffering have truly made him a man of the people, writes Heidi Schlumpf.
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 dditor Meinrad Scherer-Emunds.
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 Dia de los Muertos the same as All Souls Day?
The Examined Life: America the anxious
By Bryan Cones
Margin Notes: Take the next exit
By Kevin Clarke
Culture in Context: Hope against hope
By Patrick McCormick
Testaments: Soul searching
By Alice Camille