December 2017

Vol. 82, No. 12

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Lingering in the doorway

By Claire Zulkey
When doubt creeps in for parents, can they still raise faithful kids?

Behind the scenes

by Jerry Bleem, O.F.M.
Claretian Father Richard Todd’s nativity collection shows how different cultures see the miraculous act of God.


A holy mess

by Emily Sanna
Families aren’t perfect—and neither is Christmas. Embrace the messiness of the holiday season.

Christmas happens

by Rhonda Miska
Scripture shows us how God arrives.

Sounding Board

Spare your change

by Beth Haile

A homeless person might spend your donation on wine. So what?

Expert Witness

O come divine Messiah

an interview with John J. Collins
The word messiah didn’t always refer to Jesus Christ or a divine savior, says this biblical scholar.

In Person

Running for life

by Wyatt Massey
An Olympic runner empowers Congolese youth to live out their dreams.


The Examined Life: Right to life

By Father Bryan Massingale
No one should fear for their life.

Margin Notes: What happened in Vegas

By Kevin Clarke
Is a gradualist approach the way toward sensible gun regulation?

Culture in Context: A force of nature

By Pamela Hill Nettleton
True coming-of-age narrative Anne with an E explores the complexities of female adolescence.

Testaments: The baby is a thief

By Alice Camille
Baby Jesus may be cute, but he has come to shake up our world order.


Glad You Asked: Was Jesus born on Christmas

By Alice Camille

At Home with our Faith: Holy night

By Annemarie Scobey
Even in the cold and dark, God’s grace is present.

Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)