The Word Among Us

November 2011 Issue

New Words, Ancient Faith

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Changing Words, Eternal Faith

In the summer of 2008, Katie and I decided it was time to move. We were already beginning to outgrow our house when we found out—surprise!—that we were expecting our sixth child. More »


Ancient Texts, New Words

"How Are We Doing?" Of all the questions in the world, this one probably gets asked the most. More »

An Early Witness

On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. More »

Words Matter

According to a popular legend, a group of American scientists in the 1960s were hard at work on a new universal translation machine. More »

Lift Up Your Hearts!

Although it’s helpful to understand the history and background of the new Mass translation, all the information in the world still wouldn’t guarantee that we would get much more out of the Mass. More »

With Humble Boldness

None of us gets to choose the time and place of our birth. But if that were possible, few of us would pick Rome in the fifth century. More »

Special Feature

Just Bring What You Have

It was an exhausting week on all fronts. My job had been long, hard, and unrewarding. After work, I was rushing to get a garden started in the mud left by heavy spring rains. Laboring until dark, I hauled topsoil, built beds, and planted seedlings that were fast outgrowing their containers. More »

Receive What You Are!

According to early church tradition, only those who had been baptized were permitted to remain at Mass after the Creed on Sundays. So to help new converts in his diocese, St. Augustine (354-430) preached the sermon below. In it, he tried to help the new believers grasp the mysteries they were about to see and participate in. More »

Peering into the Heart of a Saint

When Mother Teresa was alive, did you ever wish you could sit down and have a long talk with her? I certainly did. So did Renzo Allegri, an Italian journalist who heard about her work with the dying in 1971, when she was still relatively unknown. Right from the start, he was fascinated, and set his heart on talking with her at length. More »