The Meaning of Christmas – Connecting the Dots between the Crib and the Cross

The Gospel stories about the birth of Jesus are not a simple retelling of the events that took place then, at the stable in Bethlehem. In his commentaries on the birth of Jesus, the renowned scripture scholar, Raymond Brown, highlights that these narratives were written long after Jesus had already been crucified and had risen from the dead and that they are colored by what his death and resurrection mean. 

Dishonest mercy helps no one, Archbishop Chaput says

PHILADEPHIA (CNA/EWTN News) — True mercy, and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives.

Our Overstimulated Grandiosity – and our Impoverished Symbols

There are now more than seven billion people on this earth and each one of us feels that he or she is the center of the universe. That accounts for most of the problems we have in the world, in our neighborhoods, and in our families. 

December 25th may be past, but the Church is a Pilgrim Church

Department stores have their linen sales going on. If you have been waiting for a great deal on a new comforter, now is the time. Home supply stores are pushing materials for indoor fix-it projects. If your kitchen floor looks like mine, maybe it’s time to price floor tile or new cork options.

Pointing from the crib to the cross, the Rosary can focus our Advent and Christmas prayer

In all my years of praying the Rosary, I’ve never really thought of it as a Christmas prayer — until now.  But the more I’ve learned about Christmas, and the more I’ve prayed the Rosary, the connection seems so obvious I wonder why I didn’t get it before (like a “Wow — I could’ve had a V-8!” moment).