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A quiet Christmas

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 ...



Hall of Fame politicsClark Booth

Baseball has two more "immortals." Hurrah! Neither of them is named Marvin Miller. Boo! Somehow they've done it again. They've managed with the customary and clever corporate gymnastics to again insult ...

The gift of givingDebbie Rambo

While many of us are able to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, not everyone in our community is so fortunate. Those living on the margins need our support so that they might be able to make ...

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, ...

'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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...