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The Cross Over the Manger

Advent is a season of hope because we believe that the One who makes things whole is on His way.

Soho Pilgrimage: A Christmas Meditation

Advent and Christmas remind the Church of the deep truth that life is journey, pilgrimage, and adventure. That’s why processions are a helpful way to celebrate these two linked liturgical seasons.

Advent and Reform

Advent – especially this Advent, when reform is so much on our minds – is a good time to remember that everything we do depends on a God who thought shepherds round an infant lying swaddled in a Bethlehem manger would be just the thing.

Cleansed and Conformed to God’s Will

That the Church needs cleansing is not much in doubt as Advent 2018 dawns. And that cleansing will necessarily involve everyone in the Church.

The Crèche and the Gap

The messiness of history is a caution against letting sentimentality take over Christmas; so are some challenging truths about Mary, Joseph, and their place in what theologians call the “economy of salvation.”

A Meditation on “Maranatha”

“The holidays” so overwhelm our senses each December that it’s hard to remember that Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, has a “thy-kingdom-come” dimension as well as a Nativity dimension.

Christmas and the Divine Proximity

Loneliness is the modern predicament and it’s getting worse. Christmas is a reminder that God is with us in the midst of our lives, not outside them.