Don’t get trapped in summer mode. Embrace winter, be less productive, and be more present with fewer people…..

The plan of nature for the good human life has much nuance. As Hesiod saw and expressed in Works and Days, this plan includes the gift of seasons, and how they can channel our lives into nourishing and fruitful rhythms. What I found most arresting in what I heard from Dallas Hartwig was the diagnosis that we are stuck in chronic summer. The summer mode is characterized by long hours of work…

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4 things you should know about the Incarnation, when God’s presence returned to the human family…

In the Gospel for this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an all-but-hidden event that changed the world. God, whose focal presence departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant…

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Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Consumerism has stolen Christmas. Prepare your hearts to be ready to receive God’…

Pope Francis advised Catholics Sunday not to waste time complaining about coronavirus restrictions, but to focus instead on helping those in need. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square Dec. 20, the pope encouraged people to imitate the Virgin Mary’s “yes” to God at the Annunciation.

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Ça va bien aller: Will All Indeed Be Well?

The following reflection from contributor Father Tim McCauley offers one perspective on our current times of controversy. I know many of our readers have reservations about the proposed vaccine, and I share a number of those. We’re each going to have to make up our own minds and consciences about all of tha – see my upcoming article in Catholic World Report. As befits a magazine in the truly ‘Catholic’ tradition, we should be open to differing points of view – within certain limits. As the saying goes, in necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas. In necessary things, unity, in doubtful things, liberty, and in all things, charity. So peruse Father’s thoughts about the financial impact of our response to Covid, and feel free to let us know your own thoughts. (Editor)

‘Ça va bien aller’ has become a popular slogan in Quebec to encourage people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.   It is always accompanied by a picture of a rainbow, which from a natural perspective we often associate with peace after a storm.   It has gained some popularity in English Canada as well, with various translations such as ‘We will be OK.’   During these last months of doubt, fear, and uncertainty, a simple catchphrase like this can have a positive effect.  Yet what is the basis of this slogan?  Is it a statement of logic, an expression of natural optimism, faith in God, or a combination of these?

One could say with a reasonable amount of certainty that the coronavirus will not last forever.   In our world’s history of epidemics, many of them were devastating, such as the black plague in the Middle Ages and the Spanish flu in the early 20th century, but they all ran their course and came to an end.  The same should be true with Covid-19.  Furthermore, there is hope that with the new vaccine being distributed, people will be immunized from the virus.  Accordingly, when all is said and done, we should all be able to say with confidence, ‘Ça va bien aller or ‘We will be OK.’

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Christmas 2020 Message Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath, Ireland

The annual commemoration of the birth of Our Saviour occurs during the darkest days of December and at the end of the calendar year.  In fact, many of the seasonal greetings used at this time combine wishes for both Christmas and the New Year: joy at the birth of Christ and an expression of hope for the year ahead.

Of all the celebrations in the calendar, Christmas is the one that people celebrate the most. It is the one for which we travel home and it is the one during which we reach out to others. The joyful prayer of Simeon at the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, ‘for my eyes have seen the salvation that you have prepared for all nations’ is the cause of our Christmas joy. Christ is our Saviour!

This year, that joyful Christmas celebration and that sense of light and hope is needed more than ever.  Many will understandably feel that 2020 will be a year best forgotten and fewer will face the New Year with the apprehension they may usually have on New Year’s Eve.

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Syrian Archbishop Celebrates Mass for Charity’s Supporters

By John Newton and Sebastian Moll

On the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ordination, a Syrian archbishop offered Mass for all supporters of a Catholic charity that has provided aid since the start of the country’s civil war.

On Sunday (December 20), Syriac-Catholic Archbishop Antoine Chahda of Aleppo said Mass for all the benefactors of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) at the city’s Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral.

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