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'Tis the season for traditionsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

At a time when tracing your ancestry, delving into your cultural identity, and even testing your DNA are popular, Christians could take a moment this season to look back at their own traditions. Over ...

A quiet ChristmasJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Like just about everything else this year, Christmas will be different for us. A whole lot of things have changed. And while it seems like all-of-a-sudden, our lives have been headed in this direction ...

One who is comingScott Hahn

The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week's readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today's Gospel, is best understood by who he isn't. He is not Elijah ...

My soul rejoices through the darknessShemaiah Gonzalez

My oldest was five when he asked me, "Was it me or Chapman who jumped in our mommy's tummy when we heard the other mommy's voice?" His friend's mother and I were pregnant with them at the same time. "Ummm, ...

The Immaculate Conception and the nightingale's songFather Steve Grunow

Preparations for the celebration of Christmas begin (much to the chagrin of many) in the United States with the end of the festivities associated with Halloween and conclude abruptly on December 25th. ...

Remembering incredible, often forgotten journeysJoseph D'Arrigo

A few weeks ago, the Providence Journal ran a column about the experience visiting an elderly parent. The columnist, like so many of us, recognized how much lies beneath an older person's aged appearance ...

Helping the Survivors of Isis this ChristmasFather Roger Landry

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work for the Holy See's Mission to the United Nations in New York is the ability to organize conferences at UN headquarters to shine a spotlight on realities that ...

Grandparent as baptismal sponsor?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Both my daughter and I left the church some years back, although for different reasons. I returned to regular practice about a year and a half ago, and my daughter is thinking of returning as well. ...

"Lady Bird" and the Breakthrough of GraceBishop Robert Barron

Greta Gerwig's new film, Lady Bird, has taken the critics by storm. It is the most-reviewed movie in the history of the website Rotten Tomatoes to have sustained a 100% positive rating, and it is receiving ...

Disciples in Mission Pastoral Planning ReportSister Pat Boyle

In 2014, a small group of lay people and clergy were appointed by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley as the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB). This group of people were charged with the task of evaluating ...