Vol. 77, No. 10
By various authors
The Second Vatican Council encouraged the church to read the "signs of the times" and face the challenges of the future. A new generation reflects on today's urgent tasks in this first installment of a three-part series.
Special section: More coverage of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the council 
Web only: The world of Vatican II--The art of Franklin McMahon 
Good council 
By Megan Sweas
U.S. Catholic readers size up the results of Pope John XXIII's decision to "throw open the windows of the church."
An interview with Amy-Jill Levine
The catechism lessons a Jewish girl learned at her local Catholic parish kindled her passon for the Jesus of the gospels.
(Essays, short stories, and poems are not available online.)
Like a good neighbor
By Paul Lakeland
The Good Samaritan shows the way toward a humbler--and holier--church.
By Frank Cunningham
In the evening of life the mystyery of faith gives sustenance beyond reason.
Dog's best friend
By Angelo Stagnaro
St. Rocco doggedly learned about unconditional love.
Practicing Catholic: Quiet, please
By Sue Fox McGovern
Centering prayer stills the "monky mind" while growing faith.
Carrying a coffin
By Brian Doyle
You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)
Signs of the Times (News)
Catholic Tastes (Humor)
Culture in Context: Music, film, and book eviews 
Glad You Asked: Is the Mass still celebrated as a sacrifice? 
At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)
Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)
The Examined Life: The devil in the details 
By Bryan Cones
Margin Notes: Sleeping through genocide 
By Kevin Clarke
Culture in Context: Do you hear what I hear?
By Patrick McCormick
Testaments: Mystery preacher
By Alice Camille
Fall 2012 Book Guide