Pure Joy

A few weeks ago, I went to New York to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art. Although I had visited a similar exhibition some years ago at another museum, these stunning works bear revisiting as often as one has the chance. Matisse started working in the medium of paper cut-outs after...

The Littlest Among Us

Over the weekend, my husband’s parents took our three children to church. When we returned home, my mother-in-law stated that “Father had to stop Mass.” I said, “I hope not for one of MY children.” She excitedly replied, “Yes!” and went on to tell me the story. They had wanted to sit in the...

Filipino Christmas

Every culture develops special ways for celebrating Christmas. The Christmas crèche, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, and so forth are found in various forms wherever there are Christians. In the Philippines Catholics celebrate the Christmas Novena from December 16 until the Christmas mid-night...

Anticipation and Advent

As a child, I remember anticipating Christmas as Advent began. Each week as my parents brought me and my siblings to Mass and we witnessed the lighting of the community’s Advent wreath, the flame of anticipation was stoked in my heart. Of course, part of that was looking forward to the toys I would...

Advent-plus

Last weekend I got out the ladder and joined my neighbors in our annual campaign to dress up our street for Christmas. Our Jewish neighbors understandably abstain from Christmas decorations, but they’ll certainly bring refreshments to the neighborhood party. We’ve got a great sense of community...

Do They Know It’s Eid al-Fitr?

Feed the World! You’ve heard this song a thousand times…today. It is ubiquitous at this time of year and, while as saccharine as many of its musical cohort, at least has the silver lining of having contributed in some positive way toward global well being. Or so we thought. The song’s...

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