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Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

03. 6.2014
Because the Christian year is rooted in the liturgical observances of ancient Judaism, it should not surprise us that over the centuries...
Waiting With Ellie

Waiting With Ellie

12.23.2013
Ellie has spent most of her life waiting patiently. But this time, she is the one who will go first. And while she waits, we will wait...

Changing Our Body Image in Advent

12.23.2013
God loves our nicotine stains and our alcoholic carbuncles, our Kaposi sarcomas and our thunder thighs. He loves the sinner's heart as...

During Advent, Waiting for Change

12.23.2013
Upon reflecting this season, I have asked myself, what does it mean to wait in December 2013? On the surface, waiting can seem like a passive...
Christmas Cards From Mom

Christmas Cards From Mom

12.23.2013
Now that I'm an adult with my own kids -- I'm expecting another one early in the new year -- I find a whole new plateau of pleasure in...

Singing Carols to Jesus in Prison

12.23.2013
I had come to see the man who had murdered my sister, her husband and their baby years ago. He had apologized; I was there to try to reconcile....

Christmas

12.22.2013
As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the significance of the Incarnation and the second part of the Trinity -- what Christmas is...

Why I'm Not Waiting for Christmas This Year

12.20.2013
The followers of Jesus claimed that Jesus himself was this man, and that while he may not have established an eternal political order of...
Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ

12.20.2013
The remarkable acts of kindness and grace we see with Pope Francis are the natural response from a disciple who has known the kindness...

Concluding the Observance of Advent With Christmas As an Ongoing Practice of Love

12.20.2013
Just as the shepherds we considered last week, Mary's natural human response of terror at the unexpected visitation by a supernatural being...

Incarnational Boundaries

12.18.2013
When we consider the Incarnation this Advent, let's remember the valuing of humanity over ideology. And, perhaps in a fresh way, let's...

Cleanin' Up Christmas

12.18.2013
We are meticulous in repainting the picture to make it look presentable to the world. How useful could someone who has been rejected, broken,...

Continuing Advent's Daily Practice of Preparation

12.17.2013
The second week of Advent is a week during which Christians meditate on the spiritual experience and practice of preparation. I offer the...

So Where's the Joy?

12.16.2013
The presence of Jesus brings us an unspeakable liberating Joy beyond our personal prisons; the macabre anterooms of death we face; and...