December 2017

Boy sitting by Christmas Tree

Notes from a Friar: Holding On to Christmas

This Christmas, I hope you are feeling the deep joy of Jesus’ presence, in spite of so many recent challenges.
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Do You Hear What I Hear? The Story Behind the Song

This popular and enduring Christmas song’s plea for peace is as relevant today as when it was written, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Illustration of Mary and Jesus

Mary: The Woman at the Heart of the Christmas Story

When God became flesh, became one of us, he took on that flesh through this young woman with a spirit open to surprise and wonder and possibility.
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How to Be an Instrument of Peace

Saint Francis of Assisi once summed up the mission of the community he founded. “Brothers,” he said, “we have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
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Editorial: The Gift of Compassion

This is a time of year when the chill of the air is balanced out by the warmth of fond memories and earnest hopes for the future. The joy and promise of Jesus' birth are shining lights for us to ...
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Father James Martin, SJ

To Build a Bridge: An Interview with James Martin, SJ

Should the Church welcome LGBT members? “What would Jesus do?” asks this popular author and Jesuit priest.
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