catapult magazine

catapult magazine
In Sickness

vol. 6, num. 13 :: 2007.06.29 — 2007.07.13

Often, the question of why bad things happen to good people is prompted by illness.  A physical force we cannot control conspires against a body to interfere with daily activities and life plans.  Every day, people find ways to manage these forces, if not heal completely—and every day, bodies surrender to death.  On our attempts to negotiate times of physical and mental illness in ourselves and others.



And heals all your diseases

A sermon on Psalm 103 from a service of healing.


Pondering deficiency

Reflection on illness reveals one of a different sort.


March 16

An excerpt from a journal about coping with chronic pain.

A reason to smile

A daughter’s medical condition requires finding a way to confront and understand death and suffering.

The other side of illness

One person’s story of the journey through cancer to self-discovery and renewed priorities.

Suffering and love

Photographs from Mother Theresa’s Home for the Destitute and Dying serve as aids for remembering important lessons.

A post-hospital confession

The ‘short answer’ after a hospital stay reveals the brokenness we miss every day.


One very long moment

Sarah Polley's Away From Her explores themes of suffering.


In case you missed it the first time


Sometimes our neighbor really is the person right across the lane.

A good death

Reflections of a Hospice chaplain a few days later.

Prozac, Paxil, Nortriptyline--Go Noyeses!

An exploration of how prescription medication can affect quality of life for a family.

Weaving the web

The <i>Akedah</i> in Roseland

James V. Brownson on how a sibling’s illness shaped his family and his insight about suffering.



A review of Michael Moore’s latest film on the state of health care in the U.S. by Stephanie Zacharek.


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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