Life: Boxing Day
Some spiritual practices require silence and meditation; others require a pile of empty boxes and a willingness to let go.
Church: Hold the applause
Sunday Mass shouldn't shine the spotlight on the parish staff, says Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, so let's keep the celebration focused on our Savior, not a select few among us.
Culture: I'll be green for Christmas
Piles of trash and wasted food are no way to celebrate the incarnation, argues Megan Sweas. If Jesus is the reason for the season, the feast of his birth shouldn't be a time of misery for the creation he came to save.
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The Examined Life: We're No. 1! In charitable giving, that is...
If you're in the middle of your holiday consumption hangover--buyer's remorse, eater's remorse--you can comfort yourself a bit today with the news that our nation of consumers is made up of givers as well.
Margin Notes: Don't scratch your head--it's only immigration law
U.S. law can be contradictory--no more than tax or immigration law. An attorney can make a handsome buck in tax law, not so in immigration law--since it usually deals with poor or modest-income people.
Margin Notes: When Christmas peace is a hope alone
As we Christians in the West work our way this week through the Christmas leftovers and the remaining days of the season, perhaps we can spare a moment and a prayer for Christians in other parts of the world, the Christians of Iraq and 50 Christian families in Bethlehem about to lose their homes to an Israeli "security" expansion.
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