Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Christmas is the feast of love incarnate’…

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human hearts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Christmas is the feast of love incarnate and born for us in Jesus Christ. He is the light of mankind shining in the darkness, giving meaning to human existence and to the whole of history,” Pope Francis said Dec. 23.

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5 things the Magi teach us…

What do the Magi teach us? First, they anchor Jesus in the human drama, in a real time and place, by putting these exotic pilgrims in contact with Herod the Great, about whose brutal reign we know a lot; the reference to Caesar Augustus in Luke 2:1 performs the same “anchoring” function. At the very beginning of the Jesus story, Matthew and Luke tell their readers…

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How to get rid of the Christmas clutter…

First, what do I mean by “Christmas Clutter”. I don’t mean the boxes of unwanted presents, extra Christmas lights that don’t work, abandoned wrapping paper, leftover food or your tree that’s dropping its needles. I’m talking about all the stuff that has accumulated around the simple stories of Christmas as recorded in the gospels…

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Analysis: Vatican decision on Indianapolis could impact pending lawsuit, and Catholic identity in Catholic schools…

The outcome of a Vatican appeal involving same-sex civil marriage and the Catholic identity of an Indiana school could have effect on a pending religious liberty lawsuit, and on the way other Catholic schools approach the issue of Catholic identity among their faculty.

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“Are those table runners?” asked the woman who’d lost everything just before Christmas…

She had her left leg on one of those little scooters people use when they’ve broken an ankle. She’d asked the clerk at St. Vincent de Paul to take a drip coffee maker out of the box. It was new, still in the wrapping, and cost about $2.00, maybe $3.00. Everything’s sold as is and all sales are final. Many who shop there have to watch their money so carefully they inspect a cheap coffee maker…

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