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Advent

Advent—I think I’ll Pass

Why Advent kicks my spiritual ulcer into high gear.

The Peculiar Virtue of Patience

Patience is an odd virtue, and hard to practice, because the best way to “do” it is by “not doing” anything.

Two Reasons December 25th Really is the Birthday of Jesus

Christians in the early Church thought December 25th was the actual day of Christ’s birth, and they had good reasons for thinking so.

Why Christmas Is So Important for Our Sanity

The traditions associated with Christmas serve as important stabilizers in our ever changing world.

My Advent Parenting Fails

You're not alone! It's a crazy time of year for everyone. Now what was I supposed to get for our parish's Giving Tree again?

A Christmas Prayer for Syrian Refugees

The Infant Jesus does not lack companions in Syria; thousands of children who have lost their homes are living in tents as poor as the stable in Bethlehem.

The Color Isn’t Pink, It’s Rose

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is about joy, so it's fitting Pope Francis' most recent document was all about evangelizing through joy.

An Advent Plan for a Non-People Person

The penitential nature of Advent is too often obscured, but it makes an excellent pretext for us introverts to play Scrooge so we can be left alone.

Julian of Norwich and the God of Dirty Diapers

As Julian of Norwich articulated 700 years ago, God is there in the simple, the common, the homely. Translation: You can prepare for Advent while changing your kids' diapers.

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