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The crèche and the gap

For the past decade or so, I’ve been assembling a mid-sized Judean village of Fontanini crèche figures, including artisans, herders (with sheep), farmers (with chickens and an ahistorical turkey), vintners, […]

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God’s gift of peace in uncertainty

We are shortly approaching two events that this year stand in contrast to one another – the birth of Jesus at Christmas and the end of 2017. Christmas brings with […]

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St. Joseph and the mysterious mix of joy and sorrow

When the gas light for my car came on, I grumbled to God, “Really? Are you kidding me?!” Nothing seemed to be going my way that day. It is not […]

Here’s what Christmas looks like in different cultures in America

The Christmas joy in the Catholic Church is indeed “Catholic.” Its universality becomes evident in the many ways believers from different countries celebrate the same feast. Such richness is alive […]

There is no higher knowledge than Jesus Christ, says Cardinal Stafford

“Gaudete” Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was a day to rejoice not only in the Savior to come, but also in Christ’s work in the life and […]

Christmas 2017: Yes, you have to go to Mass twice

This year, the fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas are both days of obligation. There are two distinct obligations. There is an obligation to attend Mass for the Sunday, which […]

Here’s how to fully embrace the art of Advent and true celebration

For parents especially with young children, it’s a difficult balance to raise them in the world with its own culture while trying to instill a way of life that’s centered […]

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Navigating major cultural challenges

We’re navigating through a true rock and a hard place right now: moral relativism and the oversaturation of technology. In fact, they are related. Moral relativism leaves us without a […]

A Catholic’s guide to Star Wars

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” These words flash in blue across the screen, and the epic John Williams score echoes, almost instinctively, in the mind […]

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Books for Christmas

It’s been a good year for publishing – at least in the sense of a lot of good books getting published – so here are some for the readers on […]

Bishop Rodriguez: The excitement of seeing the “Tilma” brings you to tears

Auxiliary Bishop of Denver Jorge Rodriguez referred to all those who have had the opportunity of visiting the Basilica of Guadalupe and passed under the “Tilma” of St. Juan Diego […]

How St. John of the Cross can save your Advent season

Waiting is never easy. Time slows down and the mind tends to run uncontrollably. Yet, the Church teaches the art of waiting and uncovers its meaning and importance. Advent is […]