No Christmas without Advent

Advent is not really understood today. Some Christians don’t even know why we have Advent wreaths. So often in our consumer society, Advent is totally forgotten. We should remember that there is no true Christmas without Advent. In fact, the word Advent means coming or arrival. We anticipate the coming of the Christ child, and this is what prepares us for Christmas–the longing for the ... More

Reader: Is Apple’s Siri pro-life?, 2011 was ‘most difficult year in history’ for PP, In RI it’s a ‘holiday’ tree

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Siri, which is a voice recognition program for the iPhone, won’t help you find a place to get an abortion. Maybe this is why Siri is like that. The Grinch is alive in Rhode Island: Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, calls it a “holiday tree.” What holiday, si... More

There’s Still Time To Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

If you’re like me, you were a little confused when you saw candy canes for sale at the same time as the Halloween treats this year. Traditionalists have long marked the start of the Christmas season not so much by the Advent calendar but by that day-after feeling of eating Thanksgiving leftovers, watching football, or shopping Black Friday. But aggressive marketing and a weakened economy ha... More


Hey, did you hear the one about Pamela Anderson playing the Blessed Virgin Mary?…

Well apparently it’s really funny, you see, because the frequent Playmate and porn flick star is going to play the virginal mother of Christ in Canadian TV’s “A Russell Peters Christmas,” hosted by extra-super-clever comedian Russell Peters. You see, because bashing Christianity is funny! It’s hip! It’s fresh! It’s daring! And hey, Christians don’t ... More

Making Thanksgiving a way of Living

Hey, I’m a poet and didn’t even know it! Making Thanksgiving a way of living isn’t as hard as you might think. I understand that there is much to grumble about but, I want to write more on being grateful. God has a way of entering into our needs in a most generous and beautiful way when we first approach Him with praise and thanksgiving.  It is not hard to imagine how our God m... More

This Christmas, let’s reclaim the Rainbow

In America, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for “gay pride.” In Europe and other places, however, the rainbow symbolizes peace. This Christmas, when we celebrate the peace that Christ brings to the world, let’s begin to take back the rainbow. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has already started: An activist fighting for traditional marriage in Cal... More

Play your drum your best for Him.

I hope you will indulge a few posts in which I share some spiritual insights I’ve come to based on some of my favorite Christmas carols and hymns. The first one, which has always been one of my favorites even before I realized what I discuss below, is Little Drummer Boy. One of my favorite interpretations of this piece is that by Lena Horne. Soft but intense, thoughtful, and plaintive but ho... More



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