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Today's Holy Innocents
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Today’s Holy Innocents

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When one looks at the liturgical calendar, one sees a message the Church is attempting to instill within us.  Right after we erupt with jubilation over the birth of Christ, we meditate over the first martyr, St. Stephen.  He reminds us that this joy has a price, and that price is higher than we could […]

Avoiding the Climax of Intellectual Stupidity
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Avoiding the Climax of Intellectual Stupidity

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Until relatively recently, atheism just seemed to me like a phase for confused college students—usually nothing to be taken seriously, only something to be outgrown. However, atheism has become more pernicious in recent years. Aside from those who are going through a phase of “amateur atheism” occasioned by trendiness, myopic biology professors, or tough situations […]

 Is There Still No Room for Him at the Inn?
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Is There Still No Room for Him at the Inn?

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At this time of year we frequently see a clash between the secular and the religious. We hear arguments that make many of us cringe while others rub their hands together with joy, pleased with the debate they have again provoked. For instance, we hear from those like Bill O’Reilly that Christmas was declared a […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Pope Francis: Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message

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Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours (Lk 2:14) Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the whole world, Greetings and Happy Christmas! I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night when Jesus was born. It is […]

Ebenezer Scrooge: Christmas Eve Conversion
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Ebenezer Scrooge: Christmas Eve Conversion

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

One of the Most Powerful Christmas Lessons
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One of the Most Powerful Christmas Lessons

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What we can grasp is the innocence and gentleness of the baby Jesus.

The Christmas Metamorphosis
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The Christmas Metamorphosis

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I’m like a Christmas caterpillar. During the holidays, I put on a fuzzy sweater and eat my way through the season. By the Epiphany, the sweater is a little snug. But that’s ok. I think of it as just a phase in my evolving yuletide metamorphosis, as I pass through different stages of development on […]

John B. Tabb - Priest-Poet
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Tabb’s Poetry XLVIII

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Five poems for Christmas Day by John B. Tabb.

Consider Christ
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Consider Christ

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With today’s writing I want to speak to an audience I don’t normally speak to.  We “smart” Catholics like to look down on those who don’t do things the way we do.  We look down on those who aren’t there with us every Sunday at Mass.  This is the audience I’d like to speak to. […]

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas
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The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

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In the days of Caesar Augustus, an era of peace was established in the Mediterranean world after centuries of strife.  But this peace was forged by the proud ambition of emperors and the edge of their armies’ swords. Upon this stage appears a baby acclaimed as king by eastern dignitaries.  Neither Caesar nor Herod will […]

Earthrise
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Earthrise

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45 years ago today.

Merry Xmas
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Equations of Christmas: What Does “X” Really Mean?

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The term Xmas is an indirect reference to Christ.

It Is Time To Privatize Christmas
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It Is Time To Privatize Christmas

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The light of God’s gospel shines in this world.

Advent Proclaims That Human Life Matters
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Advent Proclaims That Human Life Matters

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“Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entering the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke […]

Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas
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Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas

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God’s love came to us in circumstances of radical poverty. The Creator of the universe was born in a stable, poor and homeless. How then has the preparation for the celebration of this miracle come to include Black Friday brawls and countless tips to reduce holiday induced stress? We blame stores for advertising Christmas in […]

A Mother Expecting:  Parallel to Advent
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A Mother Expecting: Parallel to Advent

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My due date was the 26th of December, but by Christmas Eve 1985, I was ready to be done with it. I stretched out on the bed and reluctantly prepared for another night of leg cramps and propped pillows. The Christmas presents were wrapped and ready. The Christmas cookies decorated. The overnight hospital bag was […]

The Advent of Virtue: Week Four
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The Advent of Virtue: Week Four

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This is it — we’ve reached the Fourth Week of Advent and the fourth virtue for this series. We will conclude with a final summary next week, but for now, please take the time to revisit the past three weeks here and enjoy this last reflection. WEEK FOUR (December 22-24): JUSTICE “Justice … consists in […]

Outraged, Anyone?
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Outraged, Anyone?

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Outrage is one of the more useless categories of contemporary discourse. In fact it is anti-discourse, but no one seems to mind. The media dutifully report that “Victims’ Groups are Outraged” whenever the sub-secretary to the Council of Victims of Bad Things logs onto his twitter account and proclaims his fury at highschool reading lists, […]

Long Lines and Other Christmas Hardships: Gifts from Above?
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Long Lines and Other Christmas Hardships: Gifts from Above?

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On a recent Saturday I went to the grocery store and took a number at the deli. They were on number 49. My number was 62. It was quite a crowd. Some people came in pairs, browsing in front of the glass displays as they waited for their turn, making it hard for me to […]

US Official Claims “Collective Understanding” of Pro-Abortion Language at UN
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US Official Claims “Collective Understanding” of Pro-Abortion Language at UN

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A recent statement by a US Ambassador demonstrates the wide gulf that exists at the UN on the question of abortion. Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens told the executive board of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) that a series of recent meetings have “helped strengthen our collective understanding of reproductive rights.” It would likely surprise people on […]

The Memoirs of the Apostles:  The Epistles of Saints James, Peter, John and Jude
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The Memoirs of the Apostles: The Epistles of Saints James, Peter, John and Jude

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The seven Catholic Epistles written by Saints James, Peter, John, and Jude form a small but integral portion of the New Testament. These letters have always interested me, ever since I learned about the epistolary genre of Scripture when I was a boy at Catholic school. I wonder how much attention these writings receive, written […]

The Christmas Story's Best Supporting Actor
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The Christmas Story’s Best Supporting Actor

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In the drama of the incarnation, Jesus is, of course, the star.  That’s the way it is at every birth.  All eyes are on the baby.  The co-star, though, is definitely mom.  Without her love and labor, the event could not have happened.  In this case, without mom’s faith it couldn’t have happened either.  According […]

The Link Between Catechesis and Liturgy
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The Link Between Catechesis and Liturgy

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From time to time in various debates about the liturgy, the principle of lex orandi lex credendi surfaces.  While the Latin might be a little off putting, the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the concept as follows:  When the Church celebrates the sacraments, she confesses the faith received from the apostles – whence the ancient […]

Stethoscope-Money
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Do We Want More Affordable Health Care? Then We Need To Leave Health Care To The Free Market

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ACA only increases the problems.

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