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...

A Living Church

The Friars Minor staff 50 shrines in Israel, the Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Egypt. They staff or help sponsor 16 schools with approximately 10,000 students of various religions. Friar parishes are in Akko, Beit Hanina, Bethany, Bethlehem, Cana, Jaffa, Jericho, Jerusalem (St....

St. Nicholas: The Original Santa Claus

St. Nicholas lived in Myra, a city in the province of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) during the fourth century. His parents died when he was a teenager and left him with quite a bit of money. Nicholas then went to live with his uncle, who was a priest. At some point, Nicholas became aware of a man who had...

A Eucharistic Christmas

It seemed to hit earlier than ever this year. The Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing and has been for several weeks. Thanksgiving family time is being squeezed out as stores open earlier and earlier in the day, promising those unbelievable bargains to early shoppers. I like the Christmas season as...

Focus on Faith

I think it’s imperative that we continually educate ourselves about what the church teaches and what God’s will is in our lives. We can’t do that very effectively if we don’t ever take the time to stop and listen. I believe that one of the best ways for a person to enrich his or her faith life is...

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