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.

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
THE CHRISTMAS MY DAUGHTER WAS 6 AND MY SON WAS 3 was probably the low point. Not that it lacked anything, you understand. Quite the contrary.

What child is this?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Christmas Day of the year of the Lord 2000. Two thousand years of the reality of the Incarnation of God in human flesh, the coming of the holy into our midst, the poor son of Mary and her husband, Joseph, son of God and son of Man, firstborn of all creation.

Have yourself a defiant little Christmas

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In those long ago days of Christmas innocence when it always snowed gently in a starry and windless night, my parents would hustle my sisters and me into the back seat of the car, and we would drive slowly, snow crunching under the frozen tires, into the neighborhoods of the rich to see the lights.

What are you waiting for?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Try this for Advent: Next time you are forced to cool your heels, see the wait as a spiritual invitation.

Advent is the liturgical season of vigilance or, to put it more mundanely, of waiting. During the four weeks prior to Christmas, we light the candles of our Advent wreaths and put ourselves in the spiritual space of the Israelite people who, through many long centuries, waited for the coming of the Messiah.


When bad things happen to good parishes

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Article Parish Life
Parishes can’t always anticipate impending disaster, but there’s plenty they can do to prepare and protect themselves from the worst.

Don't know much about Islam

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Article Scripture and Theology
"Al-salamu alaykum!" That's the voicemail greeting you get when Scott Alexander is out of the office. Alexander, the director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, speaks Arabic fluently. So don't be surprised if he throws an Arabic phrase or two into the conversation just to keep you on your toes.

But you may be surprised to learn that Jesus was a muslim—Moses, too. That's muslim with a small "m." To be a muslim simply means "one who submits to God." Are you a muslim, too?


Birth announcements: Examining the infancy narratives

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons 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.

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.”


Birth announcements: Examining the infancy narratives

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons 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.

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.”


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