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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 12, December

All I Want for Christmas: Even If You Can't Wrap It and Stick It under the Tree, Forgiveness Is the Best Gift of All
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF I'M ON YOUR GIFT-GIVING LIST THIS YEAR, LET ME SPEAK plainly: All I want for Christmas is to get off the hook. I don't want another blender. I don't need another sweater. I just need forgiveness--to give and receive it....
Christmas Presence: Give the Kids Your Attention before They're Left to Their Own Electronic Devices
PRESENTS ARE A DIME A DOZEN THIS TIME OF YEAR. But presence--that's another matter entirely. The ability of family members to be truly present to one another is under siege--from kids' over-the-top sports schedules, extracurriculars, sometimes even...
Door Man: Brother Andre Bessette Didn't Need Fancy Degrees to Know How to Welcome the Sick Who Came to the Holy Cross Community. Now, He's the Order of Educators' First Saint
MY PATH TO THE PRIESTHOOD, AS with all U.S. priests, involved many years of higher education. I earned two degrees from the University of Notre Dame before being ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1983. Later I received yet another...
I'll Be Green for Christmas: Let's Not Only Be Green When Summer's Here but Also during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ANTICIPATION WAS OVER, THE GIFTS ALL OPENED, and nothing left to do except take it all in. Even when I was little, it was one of my favorite moments of Christmas. I'd sit with my loot sorted next to me and survey the living...
In a Strange Land
The first Christmas I ever spent with another family was when I traveled from wintry Chicago to a tiny and balmy town in Florida with my then-boyfriend. While I had already met and spent some time with everyone at a wedding the previous July, it became...
Is There Salvation outside the Church?
Can my Buddhist husband be saved? What about my Jewish neighbors and my sister-in-law, who is an atheist? An ancient doctrine says extra ecclesiam nulla salus ("outside the church there is no salvation"), so how does this affect those who are not Christian?...
It's in the Blood: The Eternal Popularity of Dracula & Co. Is a Sign of the Recurring Struggles of Us Mortals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE UNDEAD KEEP COMING BACK TO LIFE ON CABLE and at the cineplex. Vampire dramas have popped up on the TV schedule: The teen throb Vampire Diaries on the CW is in its second smoldering season, and True Blood, based on the...
Life on the Line
At the Kino Border Initiative on the Mexican side of the border in Nogales, Jesuit Father Peter Neeley prays with migrants deported from the United States. On Sundays he frequently presides at Mass on the U.S. side of the border, where many of the...
Mass Disruption: The New Translation of the Liturgy Will Speak Volumes about the Church That Prays It
NOVEMBER 28, 2010, THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, marks the beginning not only of a new liturgical year but a countdown to "welcoming the new Roman Missal," as the U.S. bishops' website calls its preparation program for the new translation of the Mass....
Silent Flight: The Land of Jesus' Birth May Soon Be without Christians to Celebrate It
AT EVENTIDE THE SQUARE OF THE CHURCH OF THE Nativity in Bethlehem lights up like a Christmas scene. Brightly colored lights trail around the bell tower bathing Manger Square in a warm amber glow. Tourists lean on stones that have held up weary pilgrims...
The Church's "Married Clergy": The Modern Deacon Has Been around for 40 Years-And Some Are Still Finding Their Place in the Parish
Beverly Hills, California deacon and author Eric Stoltz often finds himself uttering the phrase, "Please don't call me Father." Besides that gentle correction to well-meaning parishioners, Stoltz also uses the first five minutes of new baptism classes...
The Lies Are Killing Us: Understanding That "You Are My Other Self" Will Lead Us to a New National Vision Grounded in Solidarity. This Is the Latino Good News, Says a Priest from the Border
I Come from the E1 Paso-Juarez border communities. For the past 15 years, E1 Paso has been ranked as the second safest in the nation, while, just across the border, Ciudad Juarez ranks the second most dangerous city in the world. Daily in Juarez eight...
The Town
THE TOWN Directed by Ben Affleck (Warner Brothers, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During the Depression Warner Brothers earned much of its weekly paycheck with gangster movies in which Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson played...
When I Saw You Hungry: Why Do We Give to the Least of These?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I'm from a small town, so when I had the chance to attend Mass at a cathedral in a large city, I was excited. It was a rainy winter's evening when I climbed the stone steps and entered the cathedral through heavy doors. ...
Worth Getting Up For: Catholic Tradition Still Has Answers for the Questions of the Contemporary World, Says the Former Master-General of the Dominican Order
For someone who was almost expelled from school as a teenager for reading Lady Chatterly's Lover during benediction, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe certainly qualifies as a bad boy turned good. When asked what turned him around, he might give a...
Write about Love
WRITE ABOUT LOVE Belle and Sebastian (Matador Records, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have a really bad attitude about the clever, collegiate, and self-consciously catchy indie-pop bands that overpopulate the music programming of National...