When Half-Spent Was the Night

parol-3

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite Christmas carols is a great reminder that the Light of the World comes into our darkness when the night is half-spent. The tradition that Jesus was born at midnight is probably based partly on the language from the Book of Wisdom describing the angel who liberated the Israelites from Egypt: For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful word from heaven's royal throne bounded, … [Read more...]

Dear Lord, Baby Jesus: Black Friday and the New Evangelization

mall

Could Black Friday become a feast day of the New Evangelization? In this post from December 2010, I may have been on to something._____Tis the season when Christians collectively bemoan the commercialization of the holy day, reminding ourselves of the importance of turning away from the retail rat race and putting Christ back into Christmas. Yesterday, though, while tuning one ear to the Christmas muzak playing in one of my favorite coffee establishments (as it has been playing … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X