catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Self Diagnosis

vol. 8, num. 5 :: 2009.02.27 — 2009.03.13

Ash Wednesday ushers in a liturgical season of self-examination and reflection—a fitting time to engage in such activities, as well as remember past times of seeking identity and wholeness. As we look inward, we might also look outward: what is the state of “health care” in our society?



A meditation on two doctor’s appointments

A time of sickness becomes a time of revelation about the interconnectedness of body and spirit.


Reworking the recipe

On seeking to address a sense of missing ingredients in inherited tradition.


Love breaks through

An administrative assistant in an oncology clinic reflects on the system's approach to shalom.

Crashing Waves

A long illness and healing process shifts relationships and conceptions of self.

Surrendering to receive

On Lenten fasting as physical and spiritual preparation for the Easter celebration.

An ashy cross

On the complex relationship between symbols and practices of faith.

Ashes three student?

Mixing metaphors on a holiday of metaphors in a class on...metaphors.

Be still and know

On the value of showing up for a time of silence.

Conversation: “Self Diagnosis”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about self-care of the body and soul.


Renewal in the city

A review of the book The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen.


In case you missed it the first time

Gainful unemployment

A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.

Eating violence

Exploring the troubling origins of our identities as creatures who are what we eat.

The company we keep

Moving from anti-matter schizophrenia to an appropriate delight in things.

Weaving the web

Journey Into Wholeness: A Lenten Reflection Guide

Resources for the five weeks of Lent for considering five kinds of brokenness—self, poverty, homelessness, pollution and disunity within the church.


Ash Wednesday Already

A poem on mourning by Ashley Makar.


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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