catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Cleansing Ritual

vol. 5, num. 5 :: 2006.03.10 — 2006.03.24

Considering faithful personal care of the body, mind and soul during Lent.



The "info-realm" of being

A reflection with practical instruction on the potential of "mindfulness meditation" to simplify our inner and outer lives.

Good things from the earth

An interview with Krista Bogertman about makeup and personal care.


Cleanliness and cruelty

On discovering God in the shower.


Decorating for Lent

Thoughts on celebrating a season that traditionally constitutes deprivation.


On what a closet-cleaning can teach about spiritual discipline.

Second baptism

A solitary journey into the woods leads to transformation.


A grim poem

A review of the 1974 film Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.


In case you missed it the first time

Late-night thoughts on feasting and fasting

Feasting and fasting as the yin and yang of Lent.

?Return to your fortress, O prisoner of hope?

The importance of the spiritual disciplines in helping us become like Christ.

Claiming our history in Lent

Is fear of militant Islam related to a fear of our own collective Christian past?

Weaving the web

Adding something for Lent

The Rev. Laura Gentry shares ways of incorporating spiritual disciplines for Lent, rather than giving up lattes and doughnuts.


Dust and Breath

A meditation on Lent as a time to rediscover our heritage of dust, empowered by our heritage of breath.


Who tests on animals?

Search the NAVS database for your favorite personal care products and their parent companies to find out more about their record related to animal testing.




Speaking in tongues

A Sigur Rós concert raises questions about the tension between the artist's intention and the audience experience.

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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