This month we feature a suite of pieces that directly address the Advent journey: Ed Burns’s meditation on the mystery of the Incarnation as a “cause for hope”; Gene Ciarlo’s use of the genealogy narratives of Matthew and Luke as a jumping-off point for his essay on Christ’s compassion; Fran Salone-Pelletier’s linking of Mary’s fiat—the “yes” that preceded the Incarnation—to the uncertain times we’ve faced in 2020; and James Magner’s reminder to look to the heavens on December 21 for a special celestial event timed perfectly to the final week of Advent. A reflection by Dorothy Yeomans ties everything together with readings from the prophet Isaiah.
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.
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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.
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Tune into the skies for a celestial Advent surprise.
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Two gospels, two genealogies, two emphases on Christ's earthly mission. The way of union is compassion.
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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.
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An essay on an often overlooked literary genre, with a related book review.
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A lyrical novel incorporating theological themes, set against the backdrop of a hardscrabble New England farm.
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From our archives, an article on the home church movement that takes on new relevance in these times of quarantine and church closures.
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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.
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In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the mask has become the scapular of our time.
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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.
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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.
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