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Pope Francis has produced a marvellous apostolic exhortation in Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of Evangelization). There was a time when one might have expected that such a document would be about turning "pagans" into crisp new Catholics. That day is long gone.
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In the First Reading for the Dec. 8 Mass we read from Isaiah 11: "The wolf will live with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the kid, The calf and the lion and fatling together, And a little child shall lead them."
Entering my bank this past week, my eyes were drawn to the huge ad that greeted me: "Enjoy more of what you deserve these holidays."
People are always impatient, but God is never in a hurry!" Nikos Kazantzakis wrote those words and they highlight an important truth: We need to be patient, infinitely patient, with God. We need to let things unfold in their proper time, God's time.
When I saw that Reza Aslan's portrait of Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, had risen to number one on the New York Times bestseller list, I was both disappointed and puzzled.
Kingston, Ont., Catholic Tony Vella had an effective evangelizing idea. How to remind local schoolchildren about the birth of Jesus amidst the commercial clutter of the season? Vella thought that the best way to remind children about Jesus was to show them, well, Jesus.
In the early years of our marriage, I was often frustrated by the differences between my husband and me.
It is freezing today. Thick snow covers our backyard, and in the hazy darkness of the morning I can see sparrows flock to the birdfeeder. I have to get up an hour earlier because of the icy roads.