The word "Advent" has its origin in the Medieval Latin word adventus, meaning "arrival." The season offers the opportunity for Christians to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah.
Eighty-two-year-old Sr. Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli face thirty years in prison for entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Let's pray with them during these advent days that Isaiah's oracle would be fulfilled and we will soon "beat swords into plowshares" and "study war no more."
How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?
Jay Parini offers us in less than 200 pages a warm, bold, strong, well-written historical biography of Jesus Christ. No kidding. It is probably the most reliable biography on Christ written for a century or two.
David is one of the most prominent figures of the Bible, a person whose life and lineage shaped both Judaism and Christianity in crucial ways. So when I discovered a new book called The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero, I was fascinated.
As Christmas approaches, I'd like to remind my fellow Christians who need the reminder: Please embrace nuance. Realize that precisely because folks vary even among those in your own denomination is exactly why we should mind our own business when it comes to our faith.
Since the very last thing this season needs is more stress, I've come up with a handy-dandy giving guide for you to use or share with those who are hoping to give to you this season.
I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis.
You are exactly where you are meant to be if you are filled with peace, acceptance, compassion, and love for our fellow humans.
There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.
Giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, it is true that our country is undergoing some profound changes in demographics. We are more religiously and culturally diverse than ever before and this diversity will automatically evoke some strong reactions. Plus we have a rising population that does not feel affiliated with any religious tradition and this too contributes to the new cultural landscape. So, it is not surprising that those used to Christianity being the dominant religion in America feel unease in this new reality. So, consider this a primer to help all of us 'just get along' during this 'holiday season.'
Jon Moseley, a Tea Party member, declares Jesus Christ is a capitalist. He writes against Pope Francis's The Joy of the Gospel. Jon sells vacation packages to the Bahamas. The Holy Father is a trained theologian, chemist, and philosopher who is the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church. One of these is not like the other.
One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right's grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity.
Just thought I'd bring it up, because you wouldn't know it from walking into your local Walmart, turning on the radio, or taking a stroll around the block. In fact, according to the gods of retail, it's been Christmas since the day after Halloween.
Artist Timothy Schmalz created a sculpture that was recently praised by Pope Francis I which reminds us that Jesus identifies with the poor.
For most of my life I paid little attention to Advent. I had vague childhood memories of singing melancholy hymns with minor chords. I occasionally lit candles around an Advent wreath. But one day, about 12 years ago, that changed.