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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Dignity or Victimhood?

    Abigail Favale, George Fox University Director of the William Penn Honors Program, examines to what extent victimhood culture should be adopted by Christians.

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  5. Why Is Christian Citizenship a Paradox?

    Émilie Tardivel-Schick, Institut Catholique de Paris Director of the Chair of the Common Good, outlines the political theology of Paul and the Early Fathers.

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  6. The Roman Church as Casta Meretrix

    Gary A. Anderson, ND Hesburgh Professor of Theology, discusses the applicability of a certain biblical metaphor and its reception history to the abuse crisis.

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  7. Salvation: More Than a Cliché?

    Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus and theologian, asks whether in our times the word "salvation" has been emptied out of all meaning.

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  8. Are Our Children Seeing Jesus?

    Brad Klingele, eighth grade teacher, writes about teaching children (and ourselves) to see Our Lord and Savior who is doubly-hidden in modern societies.

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  9. The Strange Myths of the New Evangelization

    Mark Giszczak, Augustine Institute Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, uses hard data to unmask the myth of Catholic decline in the United States.

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  10. Good Friday: Creation Always Exists in Darkness

    Domenic Canonico, MTS student at the University of Notre Dame, contemplates the Trinity through William Congdon's depiction of Good Friday's sublime suffering.

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  11. Death Clarifies What We Love

    Gregory Floyd, who teaches in the Core Program at Seton Hall, considers a kind of theology that is not written in words, but written in lives.

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  12. Am I the Mother of Christ?

    John Cavadini tries to imagine what Isaac of Stella means by giving birth to Christ.

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  13. Beauty Already Has Saved the World

    St. Paul concludes his letter to the Philippians with an exhortation: Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and...

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  14. "You can eat with us": On Poverty and Community

    Twenty years ago, I asked Paul, the tall, burly, blunt, and opinionated leader of the Catholic soup kitchen, if I could take my youth group to serve dinner. “Nope!” he barked. Startled, I squeaked out, “Um, why?” ...


  15. Does a Catholic School Evangelize?

    Our weekly post describing what you'll find in this week's Church Life. Celebrating Catholic Schools week, Church Life will ask this week: does a Catholic school evangelize?


  16. 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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  17. The Politics of the Saints

    On this feast of All Saints Day, we remember that the saints present to us a politics of praise that are the ultimate vocation of the human being.

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  18. The Word Made Beautiful: The Saint John's Bible

    A few years ago the McGrath Institute for Church Life welcomed Donald Jackson, the visionary calligrapher commissioned by St. John’s University in Collegeville to create a hand-written illuminated Bible using techniques that date b...

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  19. Asceticism as Healing Art

    Healing takes many different forms because it is a response to many different kinds of threats. A cut and a broken leg are each healed differently because the damage is different; nevertheless, the same end is sought in both cases. The r...

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