The Word Among Us

Lent 2011 Issue

I Will Give You Rest

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Publisher's Letter

The Quest for Meaning

Forty years ago, at age eighteen, I went to a prayer meeting just to see an old friend from high school who had been involved in drugs. More »


What Is the Meaning of Life?

With its emphasis on renewal and repentance, the season of Lent offers us a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the state of our lives. More »

Reason to Believe

"You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16) More »

“Go to Your Inner Room”

"The source of Christian joy is the certainty of being loved by God, loved personally by our Creator, by the one who holds the entire universe in his hands." (Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Rome Diocesan Congress, June 23, 2006) More »

Think about These Things

We all have philosophies, or approaches to life, that guide how we use our time, how we make decisions, and how we interact with those around us. More »

Hunter of Souls

Sometimes a friendship with a saint begins in a most unlikely way. For me, it started on a Friday afternoon, as I walked the campus of the large state university where I was a freshman. More »

Special Feature

Divine Mercy at Every Turn

I’ll never forget March 2005. Slumped in front of the TV, I watched with the world as Pope John Paul II lay dying. I wept at images of old and young thronging St. Peter’s Square and at news clips from the past: millions cheering his return to his native Poland; World Youth Day 1993 in Denver; the Berlin Wall crumbling; a glowing face, bowed in prayer. And most heart-rending: a feeble pontiff straining to utter a sound, betrayed by paralyzed vocal chords. More »

Take Your Time

Not every Catholic shouted glad hosannas when Francis de Sales was canonized in 1665, forty-three years after his death.The path leading to God that he described was "too easy,"some grumbled. One commentator wrote derisively that he had turned the way to holiness into "a pleasant road" that didn't require enough sacrifice or hard work. More »

Conversions in Kandahar

The heat hits me like a blast from an oversized convection oven as I leave the base chapel. More »

Let the Children Come!

If there is a young child in your life—a son or daughter, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or a neighbor—wouldn’t you want to see them develop a deeper friendship with Jesus? Wouldn’t it be wonderful, too, if they could understand and appreciate the Mass more fully? More »