Can you question the Virgin Birth and still be a Christian?

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(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin—and (some believe) remains one even after she delivers a strapping baby boy. 

That’s the story of the Virgin Birth, one of the central tenets of faith for the world’s 2 billion Christians. The story is embraced by every branch of Christianity, from Eastern Orthodoxy to Mormonism, Catholic, and Protestant.


Pining for Advent: How a Christmas tree can get you in the holiday spirit

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A Christmas tree can spruce up our preparation for the holiday.

35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Five ways to calm down Christmas

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By Dan Grippo

This article appeared in the December 1979 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 44, No. 12, pages 23-24).

The Christmas season, amid the hustle and bustle, can leave little time to relax. Dan Grippo offers some suggestions to mellow you out and help you enjoy the things that really matter this time of year.

Christmas. I’m sick of fighting my way into jammed parking lots, being subjected to syrupy renditions of “Silent Night” while riding department store escalators and waiting in cashier lines until my feet ache.


Hollywood's hidden Christmas gems

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Article Culture Reviews Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.

Light up your Advent: Resources to make the most of the season

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas--but don't let Advent pass you by.

Advent is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on. But don't get too hung up on planning for December 25--the four weeks leading up to Christ's birth (and the days after it) are just as important. If you're having some trouble blocking out the holiday madness and settling down for some Advent reflection, here are some essays, blogs, and other resources to help you get in the spirit.


Can commerce and religion go their separate ways this Christmas?

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(RNS) I’ve decided not to worry about the earlier-than-ever start to Christmas commerce this year. Shortly after Halloween, with hardly a nod to Thanksgiving, stores and advertisers began going full-bore on the supposed “Christmas package,” namely, gift-giving, family fun, decorating, and entertaining.


This Thanksgiving, develop an attitude of gratitude

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Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The good news: If you have an attitude of gratitude, it does rub off on your kids.

When I was about 7, the family next door took me out for ice cream. This was a rare treat because they chose Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors, not the local frozen custard stand with only vanilla and chocolate, where my own family normally went. I chose mint chocolate chip, which was delicious. As I got out of the car afterward, I said goodbye. The mother of the family said, “You’re welcome.” I was horrified. I had forgotten to say thank you.


Remembering those who have gone before us

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
Nothing can compel us to practice hope, that most fragile of virtues. We can only be inspired.

Why is there no patron saint of veterans?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The ranks of the saints are filled with men and women who risked their lives in battle. So why don’t military veterans have a patron of their own?

In the parish church of my youth, my family often sat under a stained glass window that depicted a poor man lying on the ground with his hand out to the Roman officer towering over him. Oddly, the soldier was cutting his own cloak in two. It was a long time before I learned that the Roman was St. Martin of Tours, a patron saint of soldiers.


20 years ago in U.S. Catholic: May the circle be unbroken: Why Catholics treasure their saints

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By Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.

This article appeared in the November 1994 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 59, No. 11, pages 12-16).


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