Vol. 79, No. 2
By Bob Smietana
College graduates today often find that they leave campus with major debt and minor job prospects. But Catholic schools are trying to give students more to look forward to than a lifetime of loan payments.
By Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
Across the universe, God has dotted the intergalactic landscape with some heavenly images. Gazing at those stars can be a source of divine inspiration.
An interview with journalist John Merrow
We can't give our education system a pass when it fails our children, says this veteran journalist, who offers a report card that shows where schools get high marks and which areas need improvement.
By Bryan Cones
As the legal definition of marriage changes, the church should divorce itself from performing civil weddings and stick to the sacramental kind. In Feedback, readers debate the merits of a trial separation of the two institutions.
Extra feedback from U.S. Catholic readers
(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)
Essay: Visitation day
By Brian Doyle
When prospective students walk the grounds of a Catholic campus, there's one special Lady they all stop to see.
Essay: A hundred empty bedsby Jerid Miller
It's one thing to talk about helping a homeless man, but would you invite him to sleep in your family's guest room?
By Vanessa White
Augustus Tolton broke the color barrier for Catholic priests in America—whether the rest of the church was ready for it or not.
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: What is the relationship between the Old and New Testaments? 
The Examined Life: The sick call 
By Bryan Cones
Margin Notes: Bee forewarned 
By Kevin Clarke
Culture in Context: American horror story 
By Danny Duncan Collum
Testaments: The choice is yours
By Alice Camille