Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, is acting strange, and astronomers are buzzing…

The constellation Orion is one of the most recognizable patterns in the night sky, visible around the world. But if you’ve looked at Orion recently and thought something seemed off, you’re not wrong: The giant red star Betelgeuse, which marks the hunter’s right shoulder, is the dimmest it’s been in almost a century. Normally…

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The Word Made Flesh speaks in silences…

The Word of the Father has entered into the world with great gentleness and discretion. Not violent, but tender toward humanity, how He has come into human history unveils how he comes into the mystery of each heart. He does not come to diminish or impose, but to build up and to enrich. Not to come to adore Him is to lose out on the whole purpose of life…

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Why do we think of Our Lord’s birth as a nighttime event?

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear! Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why shouldn’t we be? Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, we are sure it must have been at night. Scripture does say that the Shepherds who heard the glad tidings were keeping watch over their flock “by night” (cf Luke 2:9)…

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Christmas, freedom, and obedience…

On December 17, the day the first “O Antiphon” signaled the intensification of preparations for Christmas, the Church read the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel: writing for a predominantly Jewish-Christian audience, the evangelist stresses that the blessings promised to and through Abraham, and the dynastic promises made to King David…

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The mathematics of the 12 Days of Christmas…

This year, I went to a Christmas Eve Mass for families with children, and the priest gave a homily based on the song The 12 Days of Christmas. He used it as a way of helping children think about different aspects of the Faith, based on the (baseless) idea that it was composed as a crypto-catechism for Catholic children when it was illegal to practice (or fully practice) Catholicism in Britain…

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McCarrick’s gifts: $600,000 to high-ranking prelates…

The disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick sent more than $600,000 in cash gifts to Vatican officials and other influential prelates during his term as Archbishop of Washington, the Washington Post has revealed. A legendary fundraiser, McCarrick brought in $6 million in tax-exempt donations to an “Archbishop’s Special Fund…

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Christmas: The end of the power of wickedness…

When we come face to face with wickedness it can seem overwhelming, as though it carries all before it. The good in life seems more vulnerable, and subject to being undermined by human malice. But perhaps we are not seeing things as they are. If once evil was dominant, now everything is changed. From now on wickedness tends to nothing…

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