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Top literary picks for 2012 cross the genre gambit

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 14, 2013

Concerning taste, there should be no disputes. St. Augustine wrote those words 1,700 years ago and their truth applies not just to taste in food, but also to taste in literature. Not everyone's soul is fed in the same way and we eventually gravitate towards where we are fed.

Mary's faith offers us a second chance

Maria Kozakiewicz

January 14, 2013
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 20, 2013

Christmases differ from year to year. Some are full of sweet delight, swimming in colours and scents of true Christmas, with a perfect tree at home, a charming Nativity at the church, everyone happy and healthy, children striving to find the first star at the window, yet never losing sight of a colourful array of small but well-chosen presents under the tree.

Young man with cerebral palsy begs for understanding

Mark Pickup

January 14, 2013

It was one of the last emails I received in 2012. A 30-year-old stranger somewhere in the United States wrote to explain his situation.

Doing simple acts of kindness thwarts the darkness of evil

Fr. Robert Barron

January 14, 2013

Like Star Wars, The Divine Comedy and Moby Dick, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is the story of a hero's journey. This helps to explain, of course, why, like those other narratives, it has proved so perennially compelling.

Why do we pray the Nicene Creed today?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 14, 2013

My question is how many of us know who Arius was and do we pray the Nicene Creed as an answer to Arius or to express that God is a creator as an artist is a creator?

Forget those January resolutions; just let me have some joy

Lasha Morningstar

January 14, 2013

A clean slate. Usually a new year brings a great pricking of the conscience, an obligation to make – and keep – rules.

Refugee sponsors exposed to greater financial risk

Joe Gunn

January 14, 2013

After the Epiphany, the Holy Family became refugees. The Gospel of Matthew reports that after the visit of the Magi, an angel appeared to Joseph and warned him to flee to Egypt.

Human rights come before gun ownership

WCR Logo

December 24, 2012

It is long past the point when one can describe the abundance of mass murders – 31 school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999 – in the United States as a sign of the decay of Western civilization. It is that, but the psychological destruction of the person in a technological society and the decline in morality is not limited to the U.S.

King Herod, wise men issue a moral challenge

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 24, 2012

The Christmas story is surely one of the greatest stories ever told. It chronicles a birth from which the world records time as before or after. Moreover, it is written in a way that has inflamed the romantic imagination for 2,000 years.

Creative renderings honour Christ's birth

Ralph Himsl

December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve
December 24, 2012

In the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus, and since people learned the significance of his birth, they have declared their gratitude in diverse ways: prayers, paintings, novels, poems, rituals, musical compositions, dramas, shrines.

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