catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Getting the Joy

vol. 8, num. 16 :: 2009.07.31 — 2009.09.03

“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,” goes the Sunday school song.  Many who grew up in the Church wonder whether they really learned the reality of that song, or just a tune with accompanying words and gestures.  How does one “get the joy”—or get it back when it’s been lost?

 

Feature

Joy and melancholy

Sifting through St. Paul's letter to the Philippians in an effort to discover what it means to "rejoice in the Lord always."

Editorial

Joy and…

A difficult summer prompts reflections on the problem of joy.

Articles

Four old nags from Moody

On witnessing a legacy of friendship, sorrow and laughter.

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Recovering joy

What can we do when we discover our joy has been stolen from us?

Bubbling over

Joy tends to overflow to the point of sharing -- and yet sometimes it doesn't.

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Shades of joy

A mother reflects on her children's faith journeys and the complexities of joy for Christian parents.

Summer came early

Reflections on experiences and lessons in joy, looking back on a life in the midst of death.

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Lifting the paradigm

A daughter considers the legacy of her name in light of an encounter.

Conversation: “Getting the Joy”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about joy.

Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

Paradise wanted?

Summer vacations past provoke reflection on a love-hate relationship with ‘perfect’ places.

Reclaiming Mardi Gras

A Louisiana native provides a closer look at Mardi Gras, a traditional time of celebration before Lent.

Weaving the web

Finding Happiness

An interview with Abbott Thomas Jamison, author of the book Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life.

 
 

daily asterisk

It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can’t do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies’ children, who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause. We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.

Wendell Berry
“A Citizen’s Response” in Citizenship Papers

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