catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Birth Stories

vol. 8, num. 25 :: 2009.12.25 — 2010.01.07

Pain and joy, flesh and spirit—so God was born and so are we. Celebrating the incarnation with stories of birth, of both the literal and figurative kinds.



Being Bethlehem

All creation is groaning...and someone has to push.

The Gospel of the Birth Story

A reading that embraces the images of birth woven throughout the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.


Suffering the hap-happiest season

How can our Christmas rituals proclaim good news for sad people?


Upon a midnight clear

How a firstborn daughter arrived just in time for Christmas.

Birthing a dying child

On wrestling with powerlessness in the wake of a baby's short life.

The birth of the universe is not the cause of the world

Concerning another kind of birth story: creation.

Breaking through

On the terrible, wonderful mystery of entering the world.

To throw away or to keep

Being born again into a new identity yields more questions than answers, with a need to proceed.

High-risk pregnancy

Christmas comes in July for Benita Gonzalez and the on-call chaplain.

Birthing wisdom in the place of brokenness

On an image for practicing prayer that acknowledges what is and is not known.

I know I just met you, but I love you

Reflections on becoming a father.

New life

How hours of pain and anger broke through to love.


In case you missed it the first time

Death and birth

Reflections on becoming a parent.

Best laid plans

A reflection on the reality of our limitations in family planning.

Weaving the web

Life Expectancy: On Not Praying for a Miracle

Dana Olson-Getty writes about coming to terms with her counterintuitive responsibility during a difficult pregnancy.


Winter of My Disbelief

A. Wolf-Powers on struggling to conform before baptism.




Clutching Dust and Stars

Chapter Seven: Art Saves Lives - from the newly published novel by Laryn Kragt Bakker (published by *culture is not optional).


Clutching Dust and Stars

Chapter Eight: Legalize Happiness - from the newly published novel by Laryn Kragt Bakker (published by *culture is not optional).

daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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