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Presence, not presents, makes Christmas special

Posted on December 18th, 2014

With all that Carolyn Woo has to do, there is one cherished tradition: On Christmas Day she carefully opens all the Christmas cards she’s received, and ponders the sender.


New but not necessarily better

Posted on December 18th, 2014

As many people prepare to give and receive something new, whether needed or not, Maureen Pratt points out there’s a beauty in appreciating something that has served a long time.


Father Chuck Pfeffer: Is it time for sainthood?

Posted on December 18th, 2014

CatholicPhilly.com editor Matthew Gambino calls for a popular push to begin the sainthood cause for Father Charles Pfeffer. He remains a model of priestly ministry and holiness for young people.


Accepting change as a force for good

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Karen Osborne advises young people to take advantage of change even when it brings sadness. Most kinds of change can be turned around, harnessed and used for good.


Keeping an eye out for the quiet hero among us

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Jesus is asking us to view others, especially the poor, as he did and not as the world does. He’s asking us to be observant of the quiet sufferer, the unnoted faithful, and to model our lives after them.


During holiday feasts, remember the hungry in this land of plenty

Posted on December 10th, 2014

The rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer, and the government does little, writes Moises Sandoval. Our battle against hunger cannot end with charity. We must seek systemic change for our brothers and sisters who go hungry.


A father for those who need one

Posted on December 10th, 2014

Jesuit Father William Byron sees himself as any priest might — an unwed father. He sees among many people the need for father-figures like him, and prays more men will answer God’s call as he did.


Americans near and far honor Mary, our empress

Posted on December 9th, 2014

Father Gus Puleo, a local pastor with a mostly Latino congregation, retraces the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe and recounts the miracle of devotion each year on her feast, Dec. 12.


Mom and Dad’s Christmas: Humbug or happy?

Posted on December 9th, 2014

Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain offer some tips for a husband who’s caught up in the festive Christmas spirit and his wife who’s overwhelmed with the work of the holiday rush.


Christmas: The most inclusive time of the year

Posted on December 9th, 2014

Pete Sheehan is all for being sensitive to minorities. Yet the irony is that Christmas is perhaps the most inclusive of holidays. If non-Christians enjoy Christmas, then he’s going to wish a “Merry Christmas” to all.


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