King and I: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In taking Martin Luther King Jr. off the pedestal, he becomes a greater inspiration to work for justice for all.  

At Marquette University I teach a course on Martin Luther King's ethics and faith. I face two obstacles when teaching about King. The first is that we are too acquainted with him.


Humble piety

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success.

In the last few years I have been a friend to an elderly man and helped care for a frail and aging relative who needed daily assistance and biweekly trips for renal dialysis treatment. When I took on these tasks, I thought, “Here’s my chance to be a saint.”


Birth announcements: An interview with scholar Laurie Brink

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Spirituality
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.

Learning scripture in the land of the Bible changes the way you read it, says Sister Laurie Brink, O.P., who leads study tours to places such as Bethlehem. “The land holds memory,” she says. “It’s made holy by everybody that went there before.”


I'll be green for Christmas

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Article Environment Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Let’s not only be green when summer’s here but also during the most wonderful time of the year.

The anticipation was over, the gifts all opened, and nothing left to do except take it all in. Even when I was little, it was one of my favorite moments of Christmas. I'd sit with my loot sorted next to me and survey the living room while peeling the customary orange from my stocking. Red, green, and patterned wrapping paper covered the floor, and the cats, high on new catnip, would be attacking a bow under the tree.


’Twas the fight before Christmas : A survival guide to a fairly happy holiday

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Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Family drama bringing you down? Our survival guide to fairly happy holidays recommends decking the halls, not your brother.

We've all seen the Hallmark version: the loving, happy, laughing family gathered around the Christmas tree.

Then there's real life.


Hold your fire! Let's call a truce in the war on Christmas

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
To the barricades, patriots! Lock down the airports! Suspend the Constitution! Appropriate billions of dollars! Prepare a preemptive attack! The enemies, whoever they are, have launched a war on Christmas!

Why does the church require miracles for sainthood?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
The church requires two miracles before a person can be canonized. Why?

A Catholic friar on a plane that made a dramatic emergency landing in Poland last fall clutched a lock of hair from Blessed John Paul II while praying for the safety of his fellow passengers. Will this be the second miracle needed for the late pontiff’s canonization?


What are the "12 days of Christmas"?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
As we're reminded every Advent, our Catholic Christmas customs are somewhat at odds with the secular "holiday season," which starts before Thanksgiving and goes on until the last college bowl game.

But even though we Catholics wait a bit to get going, we have a similarly long season of celebration, of which the "12 days," made famous by a certain 12-verse carol, are but a piece.


What are the "12 days of Christmas"?

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
As we're reminded every Advent, our Catholic Christmas customs are somewhat at odds with the secular "holiday season," which starts before Thanksgiving and goes on until the last college bowl game.

But even though we Catholics wait a bit to get going, we have a similarly long season of celebration, of which the "12 days," made famous by a certain 12-verse carol, are but a piece.


May the circle be unbroken: Why Catholics treasure their saints

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Although not all the faithful make the final cut for canonization, the communion of saints continues to flourish. Authors Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. and Kathy Coffey discuss this ever-widening circle of holy membership.

 •A group of Christians gather at the Ne­vada test site to witness against the folly of nuclear weapons. In their prayer, before some of them are arrested, they honor the memory of Franz Jagerstatter, the young Austrian killed by the Nazis because, as a follower of Christ, he would not serve in their war ma­chine.


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