Standing room only: Creating a crowded creche

By Santiago Cortes-Sjoberg| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
When admittance to the nativity scene is free and open to the public, Bethlehem can get a little crowded—but the creche is enriched because of it.

I don’t have pictures of myself sitting terrified on Santa’s lap. Despite his slow but certain infiltration into the traditional Spanish Christmas, he has never been able to dethrone the Wise Men who, flanked by pages, still sit in department stores and city squares to listen to children whose wishes they will fulfill the day after their parades on January 6.


Standing room only: Creating a crowded creche

By Santiago Cortes-Sjoberg| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
When admittance to the nativity scene is free and open to the public, Bethlehem can get a little crowded—but the creche is enriched because of it.

I don’t have pictures of myself sitting terrified on Santa’s lap. Despite his slow but certain infiltration into the traditional Spanish Christmas, he has never been able to dethrone the Wise Men who, flanked by pages, still sit in department stores and city squares to listen to children whose wishes they will fulfill the day after their parades on January 6.


Watch: 5 questions with Laurie Brink, O.P.

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Article Scripture and Theology
We shouldn’t get hung up on the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, says this Bible scholar. As with any scripture story, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Away from the manger: An Advent Essay

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
As pieces of Teresa’s nativity set traverse afar, her niece catches unexpected glimpses of the Incarnation.

Do this in memory

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
Gathering and displaying reminders of lost loved ones can connect us to our own personal communion of saints.

One day a friend of mine called a classmate from college with whom she had not talked in years, only to learn that the woman’s 7-month-old baby had recently died. Resisting her impulse to end the conversation quickly, my friend was inspired to ask what the baby was like. She must have been the first person to ask this question of the mother because her simple question released a flood of memories and they talked for a good, long time.


Open some doors this Advent

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Article Spirituality Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
"Listen! I am standing at the door knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Rev. 3:20).

Open some doors this Advent

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Article Spirituality Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
"Listen! I am standing at the door knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Rev. 3:20).

Get wrapped up in family traditions this Christmas

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Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons


Get wrapped up in family traditions this Christmas

By Mary O'Connell| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons


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