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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Children in Mass are gifts, not distractions

In the last print issue, we published an article titled “How to survive Mass with a toddler” in hopes that it would be a source of encouragement for parents (like […]

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A meditation on “Maranatha”

Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent. “The holidays” so overwhelm our senses each December […]

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Ending harassment requires more than laws

The ongoing wave of disclosures of sexual harassment across our country shows that while policies and laws are helpful, they do not solve the underlying problem. The issue we have […]

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What’s changed since Humanae Vitae?

Throughout this academic year, Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University is hosting a series of lectures, billed as the “first interdisciplinary” study to mark the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical […]

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A museum for which to be thankful

On September 29, 1952, the publication of the complete Revised Standard Version of the Bible was celebrated at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C., and the principle speaker was […]

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That which you most desire

In our Catholic tradition, we esteem the saints of heaven and ask them to help us with their prayers. But along with the assistance brought us by their intercession, these […]

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Recovering a sense of celebration

With the seemingly ever-increasing number of days dedicated to celebrating various causes or events, the Church presents us with the season of Advent, a time of preparation that can help […]