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

If our contemporary culture does not readily acknowledge how perpetual motion can dumb down our souls, we do maintain at least the memory that a faithful journey will always lead us back to where we started from, opening our eyes to the potential of a place that we were not able to see before we left it. It takes a trip to Oz for Dorothy to say and say again, “There’s no place like home.” Even when it is reduced to sentimental nostalgia, the sentiment has power because our longings point us homeward…. Christian wisdom about stability points us toward the true peace that is possible when our spirits are stilled and our feet are planted in a place we know to be holy ground. When we get this stability of heart deep down inside of us, real growth begins to happen.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
The Wisdom of Stability

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