Catholic News & Perspective

December 2021

Dec 31

Opening the Word: The Magi show us the way of discipleship

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it plainly: “The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the World” (No. 528). Now, what this means is that what we watched for during Advent and celebrated at Christmas in that little birth, that small miracle of...
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Dec 29

You don’t have to prove yourself to God: Lessons from ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By: Ava Lalor A week or so before Christmas, I gathered with a small group of friends for a movie night to watch “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” If you haven’t seen the 2013 film, I suggest you make a point to watch it. (And if you don’t want spoilers, I suggest watching the movie before reading this column.) I...
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Dec 27

Pope to kids: Jesus loves you, wants you to love others

By: Cindy Wooden ATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a rather formal meeting in the Apostolic Palace and a more relaxed one with balloons and silly hats in the Vatican audience hall, Pope Francis told children that Christmas is a sign of how much God loves them, and they are called to share that love. Meeting in the ornate Clementine Hall Dec. 18 with...
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Dec 24

Opening the Word: The feast of the Holy Family invites us to offer our ‘yes

By: Catherine Cavadini The feast of the Holy Family is a beautiful, joyful feast! Yet, there is much in the readings for this Sunday that might suggest otherwise. Wouldn’t it have been anguish for Hannah to hand Samuel over — her longed-for son? Then there is the suggestion of discordant homes in Paul’s letters as he encourages...
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Dec 22

Don’t let your Advent habits fall away come Christmas

By: Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board Advent is a time of the liturgical year when Catholics often try to put their best spiritual foot forward. We add on extra devotions to our prayer routine, or simply make an effort to commit to a basic prayer routine in the first place. We light our Advent wreaths and pray together as a family at...
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Dec 20

Younger Americans are less likely to want children. Here’s what I would tell them

By: Colleen Pressprich My husband and I often get asked if we’re done having kids, especially when we’re out with our wonderfully conspicuous four young children. When we respond that no, we aren’t “done,” some tell us we’re crazy, but most people want to know more. To some, we are akin to a circus act, but...
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Dec 17

Opening the Word: We are both Mary and Elizabeth at the Visitation

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield The nearer I’m drawn to God, the nearer I’m drawn to others. That’s the lesson: that the love of God and neighbor is born in us in Christ. It’s beautiful, this mystery. It’s what Christmas is about. Mary goes to Elizabeth. Mary greets Elizabeth. In a sense, it’s almost scandalous...
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Dec 15

With the eyes of a child, gaze upon the Nativity

By: Gretchen R. Crowe Every Christmas since I can remember, the National Gingerbread Competition has been hosted at the Grove Park Inn resort in my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up, it was an annual family tradition to walk through the old historic building and look at the magnificent creations on display. The majority of each...
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Dec 13

Christmas is for loving people

By: Diana Vallette I cry every Christmas. I wish I could tell you those tears come from being overcome by the miracle that is Christ’s birth, but that would be a lie. I cry because the stress of the holidays has built up inside me with such fervor that it has no place to go except exploding out of my eyeballs. I cry because the middle kid...
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Dec 10

Opening the word: Gaudete Sunday and a reason to rejoice

By: Catherine Cavadini The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday. In Latin, gaudete means “rejoice.” This Sunday is filled with a particular joy: Christmas draws near! Accordingly, the readings for this Sunday exhort us to be joyful and rejoice: shout for joy, be glad and exult with all your heart, cry out with...
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Dec 8

As Christmas nears, remember to prepare — and rejoice

By: Scott Warden There is so much to love about our Catholic faith, but one thing I’m appreciating more as I grow older is the Church’s understanding that there are certain universal truths. At the top is that God is the creator of all and that Jesus, his son, is truly God and truly man. Mary was conceived without sin. There is a...
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Dec 6

Supreme Court hears arguments as to why it must right its past abortion wrongs

By: Richard W. Garnett It is a basic rule of court-watching and law-punditry that one should not assume that justices’ questions, or their silence, are definitive indicators of how they will vote on a particular case. That said, the oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization at the U.S....
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Dec 3

Opening the word: The soul seeks the Word

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in one of his many sermons on the Song of Songs, said it best, I think: “The soul seeks the Word, and consents to receive correction, by which she may be enlightened to recognize him, strengthened to attain virtue, moulded to wisdom, conformed to his likeness, made fruitful by him,...
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Dec 1

See the Nativity through the eyes of ‘The Chosen’ this Advent

By:Lisa Hendey “People must know.” Those iconic words spoken in the pilot episode of the worldwide streaming giant “The Chosen” are revisited with power and meaning in the show’s upcoming Christmas special. In advance of its yet-to-be filmed third season, series creator, writer and director Dallas Jenkins surprised...
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