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Yearly Archives: 2012

Christmas: cure for cynicism and irony

In a sermon broadcast on the BBC on Dec. 25, 1950, Msgr. Ronald Knox observed that “we make a holiday of Christmas only if...

Making sense of senselessness

Last Friday, our country was once again overwhelmed with sadness and horror as we watched another school shooting; this time, the killer murdered 20...

Books for Christmas

The most intellectually exciting book I read this past year was Richard Bauckham’s “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony” (Eerdmans). Unfolding...

Our Lady of Guadalupe: source of joy

Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast we celebrate today, appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 at a difficult time in the history of the...

Mary, baptism and hidden graces

On Saturday, the Church will celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day, we recall that Mary...

Sacred language for sacred acts

It was just about a year ago that U.S. parishes began using the new translations of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal—an implementation...

The quiet hope of Advent

This Sunday the Church will begin the celebration of Advent, the season in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. All...

200 years behind what?

Eighteenth-century British Jacobites wistfully toasted “the king over the water,” referring to exiled King James II, his successors, and the Jacobite hope for a...

Feasting, fasting and offering thanks

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln expressed that: “The country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years...

The crisis of a second Obama administration

President Obama’s re-election and the prospect of a second Obama administration, freed from the constraints imposed by the necessity of running for re-election, have...
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