US Catholic Faith in Real Life

October 2015

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Vol. 80, No. 10

Cover

Picking up the pieces

by Heather Grennan Gary
Women forced into prostitution carry scars long after they are rescued from the streets. How do they find the strength to reclaim their lives?

 

Feature

The sound of silence

by Pamela Hill Nettleton
When boredom strikes, don’t be afraid to put down the phone and let your mind wander. You can’t imagine how much creativity can come from a moment of silence.

 

Expert Witness

A blueprint for success

An interview with Kerry Robinson
Effective ministry requires a sound business plan, says this expert on church management. Parishes can start by tapping into the talents of their own communities.

 

Sounding Board

Don’t put priests on a pedestal

by Father Donald Cozzens
The white collar crime of clericalism is causing a great divide between Catholics and their clergy. In Feedback, readers discuss the sins of their Fathers’ oversized egos.

 

Essay

Sunshine and shadows

by Emily Dagostino
What’s a mother to do when the sorrow after having a baby competes with the joy?

 

Poem

On Wilbur Street

by Brian Doyle

 

Practicing Catholic: Faithful runner

by Nick Ripatrazone
Running can be a spiritual exercise. If you go the distance with God, your prayer life will be off to the races.

 

Departments

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Reviews

At Home with Our Faith: When the apple falls far from the tree

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: Why do we call priests ‘Father’?
 

Columns

The Examined Life: Buy this basket
By Meghan J. Clark

Margin Notes: All work and no pay
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: It pays to be a jerk
By Meghan Murphy-Gill

Testaments: When the Bible horrifies
By Alice Camille