The Word Among Us

Jan/Feb 2013 Issue

A God Gracious and Merciful

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Publisher's Letter

Covenant Is Key

Forty years ago, while I was in college, I had a powerful conversion experience at a prayer meeting in my parish. In addition to everything else that happened to me that evening, I found a new love for Scripture. More »


The God of the Covenant

Father, you formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world to his care. . . .
And when through disobedience he had lost your friendship, you did not abandon him. . . .
Time and again you offered them covenants and . . . taught them to look forward to salvation. More »

Images of the Covenant

Have you ever thought about how important pictures are when it comes to understanding our Catholic faith? Of course, we all know that we need to understand the truths and doctrines of the Church. More »

Earnest Faith, Joyful Pursuit

What do you think God is like? Is he a sort of heavenly traffic cop, always trying to trap us as we speed toward sin? More »

Remember the Covenant

In his Letter to the Ephesians, Paul asked his gentile readers to remember what life was like before they were baptized into Christ. More »

Special Feature

The Governor Who Became a Saint

We all know about famous actors who have gone on to become politicians—mayors, senators, parliament members, and even a US president. But here’s a journey that’s even harder to imagine: what if your mayor or senator became a bishop? More »

Ruth and Naomi

The Old Testament Book of Ruth tells the story of a young woman who left her home, her family, and her traditions out of loyalty to her widowed mother-in-law. More »

When Your Worst Fear Becomes Reality

My first big clue that something was very wrong came in February 2009. I was on a Christian mission trip to Costa Rica, meeting with a small group of women. Suddenly I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. More »

“It’s Poetry, Stupid!”

I first picked up a guitar nearly thirty years ago, when I was seventeen and just coming to know Jesus in a personal way. From the outset, I wanted to write and play Christian songs. More »