Vol. 78, No. 12
Real presence 
By Katie Bahr
Catholics with developmental disabilities are able to serve their church in many ways, and more parishes are learning how to accept the gifts these members of the community bring.
Ramp it up 
By Laura Fletcher
When it comes to making churches accessible, if you don't build it, they won't come. Catholics with physical disabilities are calling on their church to create a space where all are truly welcome.
By Scott Alessi
'Tis the season to be jolly—if you can find the time, that is. When Christmas and Advent become more stressing than blessing, U.S. Catholic readers offer advice on slowing down for a silent night.
An interview with author Michael Pollan
A home-cooked meal has all the right ingredients for a healthier diet, says this famous food writer. But coming to the table doesn't just feed our bodies, it nourishes our relationships as well.
(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)
In Person: The unexpected grocer 
By Nick Liao
Though funerals are his family business, mortician Erich March would rather meet you in the produce aisle.
By Brian Doyle
Don't swear it out
By Patrick Gallagher
Say what you will, but our words walk a fine line between the sacred and the profane.
By Sister Laurie Brink, O.P.
Norman Rockwell may not recognize them, but modern families are still picture-perfect.
By Patrick T. Reardon
Shooting hoops in the parish gym scores nothing but net gains.
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: Did Jesus have brothers and sisters? 
The Examined Life: A host of problems 
By Bryan Cones
Margin Notes: Miles to go 
By Kevin Clarke
Culture in Context: Out of this world 
By Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Testaments: Do you see what I see?
By Alice Camille