The Pause before Our Fiat by Fran Salone-Pelletier

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This time, I lingered in the space between yes and no, go and come, sorrow and joy. This time, I linked my life with Mary’s.

Editorial: Reflect with Contrition: On the Federal Death Penalty

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Justice does not preclude mercy, and it is not for us to determine who lives and dies or the limits of forgiveness and repentance.

A Conjunction for Christmas by James Magner, MD

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Tune into the skies for a celestial Advent surprise.

Losing Our Way to Nazareth by Gene Ciarlo

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Two gospels, two genealogies, two emphases on Christ's earthly mission. The way of union is compassion.

Faith, Art, and Bob Dylan: A Portrait for Christmas by Michael Ford

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A Catholic painter from northern England, noted for his distinctive Christmas card designs, is making a name for himself in the United States through his innovative use of digital artwork.

The Uses of Fantasy by Amy Nicholson

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An essay on an often overlooked literary genre, with a related book review.

Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, and the False Self by Andy Thomas

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Reality, under the false-self paradigm, is not the meeting place between the person and their loving Creator. It becomes a disparate set of objects that are given value only insofar as they benefit the selfish needs of this disordered self.

Scapulars Today by William John Fitzgerald

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In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the mask has become the scapular of our time.

Faith in the Incarnation by Ed Burns

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Faith in the Incarnation enables us to always have within us a cause for hope, even in the most hopeless of human situations. And faith in the Incarnation roots us in a source of ever-increasing joy that no one will be able to take from us.

The Gift of Advent: To Build the Peaceable Kingdom by Dorothy Yeomans

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In Advent we refocus: Here we are once again, Lord, to renew our covenant commitment with you and to ask you to use us in accordance with your will. We want only to bring your love and mercy to those most in need of your redeeming embrace.