catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 9, num. 18 :: 2010.10.08 — 2010.10.21

Loving marginalized people is a nice theoretical idea from the comfort of our homes where we can decide whom to let in and whom to keep out. But what about working it out in messy, real-time relationships? What about when we make ourselves vulnerable...and suddenly find others depending on us?



The weight in Willie’s eyes

What does one do when a panhandler shows up in the parking lot of the family business?

He puts the lonely in families

A meditation on the life and death of a friend who called upon others to care.


Now we begin

On the relationship between solitude and serving others.


Water from the well

On encounters that change us for good.

Saturday mornings in the church basement

Thoughts on charity and social justice.

A divine measure

A poetic reflection on incarnation.

Getting naked

A blogger reflects on the interaction between vulnerability and friendship.

An apology to the pig farmer’s son

Looking back on the vulnerability and cruelty of grade school.

Naked dreams

If you confess your sins to a lion in the jungle, does anybody hear them?

An affectionate soul

A tribute to a feline friend who, for a short time, demonstrated unconditional love.


An M&M and a prayer

A review of the novel The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin.


In case you missed it the first time

Coolness kills community

A timeless craze threatens to isolate teen-agers from other people and from God.

On becoming a Diva for Jesus

Some words about conscious personal care for women, with a warning to those who faint at the thought of seeing The Vagina Monologues.

When changing your mind goes public

An interview with Bethany Torode about her seven-year journey since publicly advocating for Natural Family Planning at nineteen years old.

Weaving the web

How do I look?

Jeff Guhin confesses his sartorial journey.


Guilt—one of many voices

Gene Stoltzfus of Christian Peacemaker Teams on listening toward lasting social change.


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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