July 30, 2012

Vol. 207 No. 3Whole No. 4978 Download PDF

Editorials

After the Fortnight
The immediate impact of the Fortnight for Freedom remains unclear.
Current Comment
Small Victories; Jobs, Jobs, Jobs; Saying We're Sorry

Articles

Saving Subsidiarity
Vincent J. Miller
Why it is not about small government
Heart and Soul
Drew Christiansen
The role of spiritual conversation in pastoral care
Politics and the Pulpit
Nicholas P. Cafardi
Are some bishops putting the church's tax exempt status at risk?

Books and Culture

Books
Drop Everything and Read
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
Marilynne Robinson's new book of essays offers a rare combination of wisdom and beauty.
Books
Seeing with Feeling
Michael W. Higgins
Twelve essays on faith and academic life
Books
Out of Many, One
Diane Scharper
A searing tale about racial profiling following the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Film
In Search of Solid Ground
John P. McCarthy
'Beasts of the Southern Wild' finds buried links between morality and a threatened ecosystem.
Ideas
A Crisis of Faith
Brian Konzman
What I discovered at the World Science Festival

Columns and Departments

The Word
Communion and the Cross
Peter Feldmeier
The Word
It’s All About Jesus
Peter Feldmeier
Faith in Focus
No Place Like It
Anna Nussbaum Keating
A new mom makes a case for moving back home.
Columns
An Imperfect Pilgrim
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
Poem
Falling
James M. Keegan
Letters
Letters

Web Only

  Resources on Vatican II
Maurice Timothy Reidy
E Book
  Life with the Lakota
Edward W. Schmidt
If you are looking for hope in South Dakota, you do not look at numbers and percents and totals. Among the native Lakota people, social issues like alcohol, drug abuse and teen suicide rack up some depressing figures. The way down is fast and easy; climbing back up takes drive and help. If you are looking for hope in South Dakota, you look to people and listen to their stories. An impressive place to find these people and their stories is at St. Francis Mission. In 1881, Chief Two Strike invited Jesuits here to start a school. A large building went up quickly, financed by St. Katherine Drexel. Churches and other schools followed. St. Francis Mission today includes seven parishes, schools at various levels, a radio station, a museum and cultural center, a dental clinic and two recovery programs. All of these serve the 20,000 Lakota Sioux of the Rosebud Reservation. The recovery programs address a huge need, as alcohol and drug abuse create much suffering on the reservation. Geraldine Provencial is the director of one of these programs, the Icimani Center, where addicts and their families come to face their personal stories with honesty. The work is tough, but Provencial and her staff are up to the challenge.