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Commentary

December 21, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Oregon grape hollyIn today’s high-tech, online world, it is sometimes hard for people to remember the real meaning of Christmas. Is there an app for that? There are many stories and traditions that have been passed down through centuries. Some stand the test of time, while others slowly fade away. In early times, Christians associated holly’s sharp pointed leaves with Christ’s crown of thorns and the bright red holly berries to his blood. How many of us, today, can imagine seeing holly for the first time and being so inspired to compare its resemblance to the thorned crown and the blood of Jesus?
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December 21, 2018  |  By ANDY BARTON
Amid the celebrations of Christmastime, it is easy to forget that the arrival of Jesus came with a significant amount of discomfort for the people around him — starting with Mary, who gave birth in a manger (as my wife reminds me, giving birth is no day at the spa under the best circumstances). Our modern imagery of the nativity likely does not capture how hard it would have been for a young girl to deliver her first child, miles from her home, surrounded by livestock. So too for the three wise men who left the comfort of their homes to journey across the desert with gifts for the newborn king. For Mary and for the Magi, leaving their comfort zones was a matter of faith, done unquestionably in response to the gift that God had given.
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December 21, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
It’s been a few years since I wrote my last “Feminine Genius” column, and I’d have to say a lot has changed since then.
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Feasting on Words

Christmas Gift Guide and 2018 Awards
December 21, 2018  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

Of gifts at Christmas, novelist J.K. Rowling observed that “one can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”


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December 7, 2018  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

It all started with a lost birth certificate. The Holy Spirit was at work that day and hasn’t slowed down since.


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December 7, 2018  |  By ANDY BARTON
Over the past 12 months, the Herald has given Catholic Charities an opportunity to summarize our work, achievements, and memories from the past 50 years.  In our final 50th Anniversary article, we want to share a glimpse of our vision for the future by highlighting a few of our developing initiatives:
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December 7, 2018  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Americans have long been disturbed by the fraud and waste that often surrounds the federal government’s use of their tax dollars. They now have further reason to be up in arms because of the way those tax dollars support the practice of abortion, even though such support, technically speaking, remains illegal.
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December 7, 2018  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

“Up on the housetop, click, click, click!

Down through the chimney with Good Saint Nick!”


There is hardly a more popular saint than Nicholas, bishop of Myra, patron of Sicily, Greece, Russia and numerous cities. Within the Universal Church, in both Latin and Eastern rites, hundreds of churches bear his name. 

 


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Letters to the Editor

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