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.”


A reading from the prophet Bonnie: An Advent essay

By Father Ronald Raab, C.S.C.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
God’s messengers are often just as surprising as the words they bear.

Advent always opens me up. Just when I think I am in control of my life and ministry, I am confronted by the challenges of a new liturgical year. The prophets get under my skin. The gospels splash my soul to surprise and awaken me.


The Word made digital

By Father Richard G. Malloy, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
7 steps to a church worth connecting to.

I try to cover my shock and ask, “Who did you think St. Joseph was?”

“I don’t know. Like some saint.”

Bethlehem, shepherds, angels, manger, Magi, Baby Jesus, Mary: Did she miss all of them also?


All in the family

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
A journalist tries to get the real scoop on his cousin the saint.

The halls of Riuniti Hospital in Reggio Calabria were bustling that summer day with white-coated doctors and orderlies. The P.A. system blared as southern Italians waited in long lines for care. I had come for something else. I had come to see a medicine man about a miracle.


Death takes a holiday

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Article Hispanic Catholics Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In San Marcos de Tlatazola—and throughout Mexico—El Dia de los Muertos reunites the living with the dead.

San Marcos de Tlatazola must have been old when Columbus reached the New World.

Hemmed in on all sides by the cloud-mottled peaks of the Sierra Madre, the village is located in southern Mexico in an arid landscape of few trees, abundant cacti, and an occasional field of spindly corn.


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