In this week’s gospel, John the Baptist challenges us to re-think and re-form our lives. Our Advent preparation for the Lord’s coming invites a good, honest look at ourselves – owning up to what’s wrong in us, what’s not working, what’s just sitting there in the dark hoping not to be noticed.
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People are forever predicting the end of the world. In Christian circles, this is generally connected with speculation around the promise Jesus made at his ascension, namely, that he would be coming back, and soon, to bring history to its culmination and establish God’s eternal kingdom.
Keeping – perhaps even getting – a faith focus during Advent can be a challenge … and probably is a challenge for most of us.
Post-election politics has brought about more of the same heated rhetoric, division and lack of charity that was par for the political course running up to Nov. 8.
As every year comes to a close, we often look back at some of those who have passed away. This year includes the loss of Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammad Ali, John McLaughlin, Leonard Cohen and, in July, Elie Wiesel.
The box went up on a Monday evening in August, a plain white box nestled inside a little wooden tent, mounted atop a fence and beneath the outermost reach of a maple.
If the civil New Year is an occasion to resolve to "do better," the liturgical New Year, the real New Year that began at first vespers on the first Sunday of Advent, is an even better moment for such resolutions.
Kirsten Nelson remembers sitting in the back of her high school’s chapel during Advent last year, decompressing while reflecting on the busy holiday season and what Christmas is really all about.
Eleven-year-old Zac Kraft used an orange-colored pencil to shade in the hair in a picture of St. Barbara, paying attention to staying inside the lines.
Melanie Stara’s fourth-grade students cheer at Holy Name School in Omaha while enjoying a free breakfast provided by Chicago-based Action for Healthy Kids. The school applied for and won a grant from the nonprofit organization providing a free breakfast twice a month for all children at the school.