December 2016

Vol. 81, No. 12

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You invited me in

By Peter Feuerherd
In the global refugee crisis, Catholic parishes play a vital role as welcoming committees.


Identity in ink

by Emily Sanna
Physically marking your body with tattoos of where you’ve been and where you’re going is a spiritual practice.


From the ground up

an interview with Father Mark Francis, C.S.V.
The line between popular piety and official liturgical practices isn’t always clear.

Reader Survey

A not so cookie-cutter Christmas

by Rosie McCarty
From when you attend Mass to what holiday meal you prepare, every family, parish, and culture celebrates Christmas a little differently.


Singing for shelter

by Pauline Hovey
Celebrating Las Posadas takes on new meaning for one weary traveler.

In the communion of saints

by Patrick Gallagher
Commemorating the loss of an infant calls to mind the holy saints among us.

In person

A new frontier

by Laura Eppinger
A Millennial in and of the world, Nicole Perone is busy spreading the gospel.


The Examined Life: A church where Black lives matter

By Father Bryan Massingale
Let us pray for the strength to confront racism in the United States.

Margin Notes: How long, O Lord?

By Kevin Clarke
A world of conflict rages this Advent.

Culture in Context: Table for two

By Pamela Hill Nettleton
Gilmore Girls’ Lorelai and Rory legitimize single mothers and their children as family.

At Home with our Faith: A family holiday

By Annemarie Scobey
Ten simple ways to keep faith and family central this Christmas.

Glad You Asked: Why was Mary a virgin?

By Alice Camille

Testaments: Be the peace

By Alice Camille
Isaiah’s prophecy about the wolf laying down with the lamb is a challenge to all in the face of violence and darkness.