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?



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."


Joy and…

A difficult summer prompts reflections on the problem of joy.


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.


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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

The more I read, the more I felt connected across time to other lives and deeper sympathies. I felt less isolated. I wasn’t floating on my little raft in the present; there were bridges that led over to solid ground. Yes, the past is another country, but one that we can visit, and once there we can bring back the things we need. Literature is common ground. It is ground not managed wholly by commercial interests, nor can it be strip-mined like popular culture—exploit the new thing then move on. There’s a lot of talk about the tame world versus the wild world. It is not only a wild nature that we need as human beings; it is the untamed open space of our imaginations. Reading is where the wild things are.

Jeanette Winterson
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Hat tip: David Dark

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