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The Immaculate Conception and the nightingale's song

Preparations for the celebration of Christmas begin (much to the chagrin of many) in the United States with the end of the festivities associated with Halloween and conclude abruptly on December 25th. ...



The gift of givingDebbie Rambo

While many of us are able to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, not everyone in our community is so fortunate. Those living on the margins need our support so that they might be able to make ...

Remembering incredible, often forgotten journeysJoseph D'Arrigo

A few weeks ago, the Providence Journal ran a column about the experience visiting an elderly parent. The columnist, like so many of us, recognized how much lies beneath an older person's aged appearance ...

One who is comingScott Hahn

The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week's readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today's Gospel, is best understood by who he isn't. He is not Elijah ...

Joy from the inside outMaureen Pratt

The crunch is upon us! Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come. We're supposed to shout, "Joy to the world!" but the actual feeling of joy might seem quite ...

My soul rejoices through the darknessShemaiah Gonzalez

My oldest was five when he asked me, "Was it me or Chapman who jumped in our mommy's tummy when we heard the other mommy's voice?" His friend's mother and I were pregnant with them at the same time. "Ummm, ...

A quiet ChristmasJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Like just about everything else this year, Christmas will be different for us. A whole lot of things have changed. And while it seems like all-of-a-sudden, our lives have been headed in this direction ...

'Tis the season for traditionsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

At a time when tracing your ancestry, delving into your cultural identity, and even testing your DNA are popular, Christians could take a moment this season to look back at their own traditions. Over ...

A novel solution to an old problemThomas Birmingham

We are all shaped by our own experiences. When it comes to education, I spent nine years in Chelsea public schools, followed by high school at Austin Prep, an Augustinian Catholic school north of Boston. ...