December 2019

Vol. 84, No. 12

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Holy families

By Amanda Hendler-Voss
The Holy Family’s flight from Egypt parallels the journey of modern-day migrants.

Awaken Advent

by Father John Christman, S.S.S.

Here are four art meditations for the Advent season.


Upstairs, downstairs church

by Sister Rhonda Miska, O.P.
During the holidays, community blossoms outside the church sanctuary.

A great gift

by Jessie Bazan
Let your words be made flesh.

Sounding Board

Dreaming of a green Christmas

by Susan Salaz
Is your Christmas shopping hurting the planet?

Expert Witness

Mix and match

an interview with Samira Mehta
Interfaith families celebrate the holidays in unique and meaningful ways.

In Person

Nun for all

by Rosie McCarty
Sister Ann Durst works to bring justice for immigrants facing crisis at the border.


The Examined Life: The real Christmas story

By Father Bryan Massingale
Reflect on Christmas according to Matthew.

Margin Notes: A schism prism

By Kevin Clarke
What lies beneath all the criticism of Pope Francis?

Culture in Context: Blessedly seen

By Pamela Hill Nettleton
This Netflix miniseries will change how you view the world.

At Home with our Faith: Ho, Ho . . . Holy

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck
Keeping Christ in Christmas should bring peace, not stress.

painting-of-nativityTestaments: ’Tis the season

By Alice Camille
What does Advent tell us about our use of time?

Glad You Asked: Who was really at the nativity?

By Emily Sanna


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)