The Word Among Us

July 2015 Issue

Extravagant Love, Overflowing Worship

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Publisher's Letter

A Principle? Or a Person?

Experiencing breakthroughs is a common theme in the Gospels. Over and over again, people had their eyes opened, and they were changed. More »


Why This Waste?

Whether we know it or not, each of us has our own “personal operating system.” We all have a specific way of taking in information, sifting through it, drawing conclusions based on that information, and letting those conclusions drive the actions we take. More »

A Priceless Gift

“The Gift of the Magi” is a short story by an American author named O. Henry. It’s the story of a poor couple struggling to make ends meet. It was Christmas, and Della and Jim were determined to give each other a special gift. But because they didn’t have any money, they had to be creative. More »

The Fragrance of God

We all know what it’s like to walk or drive past a truly foul smell. Whether it’s a garbage heap, a dead skunk, or a backed-up sewer, our first instinct is to get away from it as quickly as possible. We also know how the smell of bread baking or a bouquet of fresh flowers draws us in. We take a deep breath and savor the aroma. More »

Special Feature

The Surprising Case of Solanus Casey

Fr. Solanus Casey, the doorkeeper at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Michigan, had already seen many people on that warm summer day in 1941. They came to him because he had a reputation for kindness and wisdom—and miracles. One who stopped in was a fellow Capuchin on his way to have emergency dental work; he was instantly healed when Solanus blessed him. Returning later to report that the dentist had found his tooth perfectly healthy, the brother received yet another surprise. More »

From Saving Lives to Helping Souls

It was my dream job. After twenty-five years as a health care professional, I had found a position that was more educational, rewarding, and enjoyable than any I had ever held before. More »

A Keepsake That Catechizes

I am a mother of six children, ages five to nineteen. Like mothers everywhere, I treasure opportunities to celebrate special events in my children’s lives. I especially cherish the memory of their baptisms, each one a heart-knitting milestone in our family. More »