December 2018

Does the Mass Say Christmas Is About Justice?

John O’Callaghan, ND Associate Professor of Philosophy, questions the liturgy to see whether Christmas is about justice or... something else.

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A Commonplace Christmas

Anne Horcher, University of Notre Dame English major and intern for the ND Center for Liturgy, meditates upon G.K. Chesterton's poem "The Nativity."

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Conscience and the Christ Child

Christopher Damian, lawyer and theologian, considers how the taking care of babies is analogous to the spiritual life.

Fear the Innocence of Children

Georges Bernanos, award-winning French novelist and essayist, imagines what an agnostic would preach to a congregation of ordinary believers.

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Advent Faith Is Not a Big Electric Blanket

Jordan Haddad, CUA Ph.D. student in Systematic Theology, discusses Flannery O'Connor's channeling of John the Baptist's freakish Advent spirit.

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Love Is Always Conditional

Leonard DeLorenzo, faculty member at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, on the conditions that make the human condition what it is.

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The Four Waves of the U.S. Catholic Abuse Crisis

Kim Daniels, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life Associate Director, puts the 2018 crisis in historical perspective & looks for a way forward.

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Third Sunday in Advent: A Call to Surrender

Anne Horcher, University of Notre Dame English major and intern for the ND Center for Liturgy, analyzes John Keble's “Third Sunday in Advent.”

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The History of Natural Law

John Milbank, President of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, continues his series by laying out the history of natural law.

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Fitting a Saddle Onto a Cow

Brooke Tranten, ND MTS history of Christianity student, observes how and why communism failed in Poland because of the Church.

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The Sham Practice of Christmas

Haley Stewart, writer, speaker, and podcaster looks to Josef Pieper and Charles Dickens to critique the hyper-commercialization of the Christmas season.

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The Virgin Mary as “Eternal Woman”

Ann Astell, ND Professor of Theology, revisits Getrud von Le Fort's theology of femininity in light of Prudence Allen's Concept of Woman.

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The Unremarkable Sunday in Advent

Anne Horcher, University of Notre Dame English major and intern for the ND Center for Liturgy, analyzes John Keble's “Second Sunday in Advent.”

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Advent Flesh?

Paul Griffiths, theologian and author of many books, applies the arguments of his new book "Christian Flesh" to the Advent season.

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Advocata Nostra and the Devil's Due

Stephen Metzger, PhD ND Medieval Institute, investigates the meaning and purpose of calling the Blessed Virgin Mary our advocate, especially during Advent.

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First Sunday in Advent: The Bridegroom Comes

Timothy O'Malley, Director ND Center for Liturgy, kicks off our Advent commentary on devotional poetry series with Christina Rossetti's "Advent Sunday."

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