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

Learning versus playing. That dichotomy seems natural to people…. Learning, according to that almost automatic view, is what children do in school and, maybe, in other adult-directed activities. Playing is, at best, a refreshing break from learning. From that view, summer vacation is just a long recess, perhaps longer than necessary. But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.

Peter Gray
“The play deficit” in Aeon Magazine

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