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If non-believers took the time to discover what Christians celebrate at Christmas, not only would they refuse to take part in the party, they would rise up and riot against what they would see as the most offensive example of religious exclusivism in history.
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If someone who had never heard the story of Jesus were to ask us about his origins, we would, I suspect, begin with the story of his annunciation and birth and end with the story of his resurrection and ascension.
While studying the readings for Christmas, I realized the poetry of the message they contained. Isaiah's words exult; the Psalm rejoices; Paul's letter to Titus wins for its intimacy.
On the last Sunday of 2013, the second Mass reading is from Colossians. St. Paul's instructions to God's people of the first century are instructive to Christians of the 21st century. "Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience." He says we are to bear with one another and forgive each other just as Christ forgives us.
A recurring theme of the feasts, stories and songs of Christmas is reconciliation – vertical and horizontal reconciliation. We experience being forgiven by God and others. We are also empowered to forgive others, ourselves, and even God. The alienated and the estranged are united.
There is a lot of policy work to health care that often goes unrecognized. After all, some cynics might say, it is just a bunch of paper that no one bothers to read. Our real job is getting on with the business of running the health system and saving lives. I agree.
The end of one year and the beginning of another is strange in anyone's language. Enormous energy is expended preparing for a transition time that is, let's be honest, fictional at best.
Many WCR readers may not know of an extraordinary opportunity to grow in the knowledge of the faith. Called Treasures of the Faith seminar series, this is a free weekly seminar given by one of the professors at Newman Theological College.
With 761 acres of mostly wooded property nestled along the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary feel they have been entrusted with a special oasis.
Chicago artist Jason Seiler, who created the illustration of Pope Francis for Time magazine's Person of the Year cover, said his goal was to convey his impression of the pontiff as a genuine, compassionate spiritual leader.