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The Magnificat

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

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Just as the shepherds we considered last week, Mary's natural human response of terror at the unexpected visitation by a supernatural being turns by God's gift (the content of the message, the faith of the hearers) into rejoicing.

PHOTOS: Celebrating The Immaculate Conception Of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

Dec. 8 is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated in the Roman Catholic and related Christian churches. The I...

Noise Makes News

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If we are honest with ourselves, if given a choice between good news and bad news, we would want to hear the good news, but only if there is bad news to go with it.

The Importance Of Mary's Virginity

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It is quite possible as a Christian to believe Jesus had a biological father and believe the story of the virgin conception says something important. It all depends on what you think "virgin" means.

Bearing God: Advent from the Eyes of a Pregnant Pastor

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

There was that morning I will never forget, when I stood in the sweet sanctuary. I was at the table before the bread and the wine, saying those ancient Words of Institution, when my belly began shifting around with those smooth oceanic movements.