The Word Among Us

September 2012 Issue

Publisher's Letter

Seekers of the Truth

There are a lot of “isms” in the world today: capitalism, social­ism, conservatism, liberalism. All these philosophies have their strengths and weaknesses, and philosophers and everyday folks can spend hours upon hours debating their relative merits. More »


Out of Shadows and into Truth

“The cloud is lifted from me forever.” This was John Henry Newman’s response when he learned that he had been made a cardinal on March 18, 1879, just a few weeks after his seventy-eighth birthday. More »

A “Pure Block of Purpose”

I know exactly when Cardinal Newman came into my life. It was in the spring of 1964, half­way through the Second Vatican Council. More »

Hold Fast to the Truth!

“A pure block of purpose.” That’s how a friend of Newman’s summed up his life. From start to finish, Blessed John Henry Newman pursued one singular, overarching quest: the quest for truth. More »

I Must Change

MAN . . . IS EVER CHANGING. Not a day passes but I am nearer the grave. Whatever my age, whatever the num­ber of my years, I am ever narrowing the interval between time and eter­nity More »

Special Feature

“Here I Am, Lord”

One evening, Al and Olivia Deinhart were helping to serve a meal to the homeless in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida. It was an outdoor event in a gazebo, with the Catholic Cathedral Basilica on one side and Trinity Episcopal Church on the other. More »

A Longing for More

I am a cradle Catholic, born to good parents who provided everything I needed to grow in my faith. Despite their efforts, as a teenager I began to doubt. Then, at the beginning of my senior year in high school, I experienced a profound encounter with Jesus at a prayer meeting. My life changed radically, and I began to tell family and friends that my goal was to become a saint. More »