catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Be still

vol. 6, num. 2 :: 2007.01.26 — 2007.02.09

For folks in certain parts of the world, January is a time when weather can force us to slow down, stay indoors.  What happens when we stop?  Stop running, stop speaking, stop being afraid, stop hating, stop smoking, stop…?

 

Feature

Gainful unemployment

A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.

Seeking the still point

A summer in a national park teaches the difference between productivity and fruitfulness.

Editorial

Remembering how

A recounting of lately stumbled-upon wisdom regarding grace, redemption and forgiveness.

Articles

In the difficult moment

The mother of an infant girl struggles to stay in the present through crisis.

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Eight days of silence

An account of a sabbatical retreat and an invitation to a firsthand experience.

Bird feeders

On a simple discipline for learning to be still.

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Reviews

A lonely planet

A review of the film Notes On A Scandal directed by Richard Eyre.

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Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Retreating into the Fray

The "how" and "why" of taking a spiritual retreat.

The art of waiting

What do we do in the moments that add up to eternity?

?God is the interesting thing?

St. Benedict?s Table strives to cultivate a liturgy for vital worship.

Weaving the web

Retreat International

A directory of retreat centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, with resources for potential retreatants.

 

Birding Babylon

Excerpts from a blog kept by Seargeant First Class Jonathan Trouern-Trend on bird watching during his tour in Iraq.

 
 

daily asterisk

What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned! 

Franny
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey

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