Jennifer Nettles on Being “a Child of God” and Listening to His “Still Small Voice”

“It’s important to be able to enjoy and be entertained by stories of faith, stories of miracles, stories of people rallying and coming together.” So says country music superstar Jennifer Nettles about her role in the NBC TV movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” (Nov. 30, 9E) in which she reprises [Read More…]

Starbucks Red Cups Include Nativity Scene This Year

There was a lot of hubbub over the fact that Starbucks released plain red cups for the holiday season last year, with some people (though many fewer than the controversy made it seem like) claiming they were being anti-Christian. Since Starbucks cups never included actual Christian symbols, the argument rang hollow to many. But apparently [Read More…]

US Post Office Releases Its 2016 Nativity Stamp for Christmas

As the time for writing and mailing Christmas cards quickly approaches, the U.S. Post Office today released its 2016 Nativity stamp, featuring a stunning silhouette of the Holy Family. I was not aware that an actual dedication ceremony takes place for this kind of event, but it was held today at St. Paul Church in [Read More…]

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the Original Christopher (Christ-bearer)

It appears that my friend Abby Fuhrmann has something in common with the late screen legend Maureen O’Hara: they both found (and find) spiritual consolation in saying the “Hail Mary” before going to bed. On this day, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Abby reflects on the reasons for this [Read More…]