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God’s Gift of Life

God’s Gift of Life

A young, unmarried woman receives very unexpected news. Her fiancé does not handle it well. She anticipates the scorn of her close-knit, religious community. The woman’s story sounds all too familiar. However, her story is anything but normal, because this is Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The child in her womb was anything but a mistake—He [...]

Reverent Silence

Reverent Silence

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” So wrote an anonymous priest in the early centuries of the Church. “Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” He wrote this for a [...]

Santa Doesn’t Come For Me

Santa Doesn’t Come For Me

Years ago my wife and young children and I took a trip to Montreal in Canada, to visit our son’s Godfather, a priest, who had been the Rector of my “home parish” St. Mary’s Church in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The priest had left Pittsburgh, and with a new graduate degree in Social Work, worked closely with the homeless in a [...]

Christmas is not a Fairy Tale

Christmas is not a Fairy Tale

I have looked in vain on the internet for a good response to The American Atheists’ recent anti-Christmas billboard campaign. This features a smirking girl writing her imaginary friend, Santa. “Dear Santa,” writes the little disbeliever, “All I want for Christmas is to skip church. I’m too old for fairy tales.” If that’s the case, [...]

Mark Frank and Christmass

Mark Frank and Christmass

  One of the least known of the Caroline Divines is Mark Frank, yet his sermons are in my mind the high-water mark of preaching amongst these Divines in the seventeenth century. Like Andrewes he was a Pembroke graduate, fellow and an eventual master, howbeit but briefly before his death after the Restoration. Unfortunately for the [...]