Thomas Becket and the Witness of Friendship

Renee Roden on the life of Thomas Becket as an icon of martyrdom. His martyrdom is not simply an expression of self-sacrifice. But authentic friendship.


The God Who Had Strep Throat

Timothy P. O'Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, on the powerful weakness of God revealed at Christmas in the infant Christ.


Advent and the Angelus

Jared Dees of Ave Maria Press writes about the power of the Angelus as a devotion intended to prepare us to celebrate feast of Christmas.


The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Season of Advent

For some Christian people throughout the world, especially Mexican and Mexican-American Christians, December 12, of course, is the celebration of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. The feast commemorates her December 9–12, 1531 appearan...

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A Dogma of Consent

The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is a doctrine that continually mystifies me. Each year as December 8th rolls around, I annually struggle to understand what exactly is so significant here that elevates this feast to a holy day of o...

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The Problem of Experience

What happens when experience is treated as an end unto itself? Madeline Running thinks about how young people might properly understand experience in college.


Burial of the Dead: Opportunities and Challenges

Brian McMichael of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend suggests that the pastoral rites for the dead are an occasion for practicing the virtue of hope.