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Joy from the inside outMaureen Pratt

The crunch is upon us! Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come. We're supposed to shout, "Joy to the world!" but the actual feeling of joy might seem quite ...

Advent meditation: Joy during life's struggles and sorrowsEffie Caldarola

Rejoice always! Those words from St. Paul in Thessalonians reverberate through the ages, through prayer and song. Again, I say rejoice. This Advent, we take time to pray with St. Paul, one of history's ...

The Real Tragedy of SinFather Ron Rolheiser

The real tragedy of sin is that often the one who is sinned against eventually becomes a sinner, inflicting on others what was first inflicted upon him or her. There's something perverse within us whereby ...

The Wise Men teach us to kneelMichael Pakaluk

''Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen ...

Reticence and Secrecy as VirtueFather Ron Rolheiser

In all healthy people there's a natural reticence about revealing too much of themselves and a concomitant need to keep certain things secret. Too often we judge this as an unhealthy shyness or, worse, ...

Playing Loose With the TruthFather Ron Rolheiser

It can be quite disheartening to watch the news these days. Our world is full of hatred, bigotry, racism, and over-stimulated greed and ego. The gap between the rich and poor is widening and random, senseless ...

An 'unnecessary and unwise' decisionCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon the blessings our nation and ourselves and families have received from a generous God, and to renew our commitment, personally and nationally, to share these blessings ...

God's ClosenessFather Ron Rolheiser

There's a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to ...

A Threat to our DecencyFather Ron Rolheiser

Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor Here's how Bryan Stevenson, ...

Purgatory is realMichael Pakaluk

We need to imagine something well, to think it true. That tiny twinkling light-dot in the sky? "It is a sun. Picture it many millions of miles away, burning bright like our own sun, and how powerful is ...