Christmas Cuteness and the Revolution

Okay, the Three Kings killed me!Lethal Christmas Cuteness, right here (New Advent).Followed by the truth of what Advent is preparing us for. Hint -- I've used the word before -- yes: Revolution!More: Pat Gohn: Put Yourself into the Christmas StoryMake Room for ChristAnd one last great Christmas Gift Idea! … [Read more...]

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Our “Yes” to God Brings His More Perfect “Yes” to Us

I love this month's cover of Magnificat Magazine -- Madonna and Child, by Marianne Stokes (1855-1927), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK. (© Bridgeman Giraudon) -- it captures the simple youth and energy of Mary, who would have been about 14 years old: her gaze is direct and open, and so is the child's. It almost harkens to Christ's ministry, and his command, "Ephphatha, be opened!"We are living in urgent times, where illusions are swirling all about, making it difficult to … [Read more...]

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“Our Father” The LONG Version

Jennifer Fulwiler began her "Our Father" project a long time ago. As she writes here:When I wrote the first post for this series back in March, I thought I’d have it wrapped up by the end of Lent. I would have never guessed that the final post wouldn’t be up until almost December!Well, all things happen in God's good time, but Jen -- who is one of those superwomen (like Simcha Fischer, Danielle Bean, Betty Duffy and others) who manages to run writing rings around the rest of us while r … [Read more...]

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Hating on Black Friday and “The Season”

I confess, I despise "Black Friday." I hate the way consumers are urged to haul their Thanksgiving-exhausted selves out to stores -- away from family members who have often traveled some distance to come together -- so they can surrender their human dignity or assault the dignity of others in order to snag a ten-dollar sweater and a waffle-maker for $9.99.And I hate the way consumers go along with it.I hate the way the mad buying and bad behavior is attached to Christmas -- the coming … [Read more...]

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Christ the King; Advent is Coming!

SourceNext Sunday closes out the Liturgical Year by revealing Christ the King, the Self-Immolating Bridegroom. My column at First Things this week looks at the words of Pope Benedict XVI about the workings of his Kingship, which are not always obvious:The King is Jesus. In him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind. God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many … [Read more...]

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Anchoress Crashes and Burns. Film at 11:00.

So, as sometimes happens in life, everything came to a head yesterday afternoon. After a so-so day at work, during which I made arrangements with my pediatrician to get a second cardiologist opinion on a situation with Buster (my brother is not long for this world, and my 15 year old is routinely clutching at his chest and turning purple - can we say stress overload?) I took a look at my schedule for the day. It included many errand-y, Christmas-themed type things, ending with the hour's drive … [Read more...]

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