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January 18, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits, all in their “pre-tertianship” period of formation. This means that these men had already passed through their lengthy education in philosophy and theology and had been involved for some time in a ministry of the Jesuit order. The group I addressed included high school teachers, university professors, journal editors, and doctoral students — and almost all of them were ordained priests. After a simple lunch of soup and sandwiches, we plunged into conversation. We were at it for well over an hour, but I enjoyed the exercise so much, it seemed like about 15 minutes. They were massively impressive people: smart, articulate, passionate about their work, and dedicated to the Gospel.
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January 18, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Propagating House PlantsIt’s January, and gardeners are browsing seed catalogs, patching up garden gloves, winter watering and sadly, nothing in the dirt. Cheer up! Now might be the right time to take a good look at indoor plants. There will inevitably be a few that would benefit greatly from a bit of nurturing and propagation.
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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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