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    About a month ago, up at 2am with a sick baby, I found myself watching a documentary about the modern-day descendants of prominent officials of the Third Reich. Entitled Hitler’s Children, it examined the lives of modern-day descendants of high-ranking…

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    That Other Capra Christmas Movie

    by K. V. Turley

    Every one has seen it. At least, it seems so at this time of year. You can’t avoid seeing that 1946 classic appearing on television. Everyone at the office loves it, of course, even those who haven’t seen it. Everyone…

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    The Last Days of December

    by Regis Martin

     Great Little One!  Whose all-embracing birth  Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth. — Richard Crashaw These last days of December have suddenly come upon us, leaving in their wake the wonder of a God who without loss of divinity…

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    The Angels bring Good News to the Shepherds

    by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

    The shepherds, imitators of the holy patriarchs, and the most innocent and guileless men in the world, were “keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Lk 2:8) Holy angels, accustomed to conversing with those shepherds of old—with Abraham, Isaac, and…

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    “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore: The Doctrine of Santa Claus

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

    Twas only a matter of time. And it came—as it comes to all. ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, a small creature was stirring—my seven-year-old daughter. “Dad,” (I knew the time was come,) “does St. Nicholas…

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    Dickens’ Forgotten Christmas Tale: The Haunted Man

    by James P. Bernens

    Everyone knows Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. It is, arguably, one of the Victorian author’s most permanent masterpieces, adorning Christmas celebrations in every corner of the English-speaking world, and making the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge and the…

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    The Christmas Miracle

    by Regis Martin

    I picture him as a tall Texan, his outsize appearance easily eclipsing everything in sight, save only the immense shrine that he and a busload of tourists have come to Rome to see.  And then, throwing up his hand at…

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    Rejoice and Evangelize: He is with Us and We Have Been Loved

    by Arland K. Nichols

    Advent and Christmas celebrate the joy of a new life. Like an expectant mother, we wait, with bated breath, joyful anticipation and we brim over with excitement. For God is with us, He is soon to be born, Come, Come,…

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    Preparing for the Twelve Days of Christmas

    by Dale Ahlquist

    About a hundred years ago, the usual jolly G.K. Chesterton can be found lamenting two things that are still a problem today: First, that as a writer, he has to write about Christmas long before Christmas in order for it…

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    “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry: The Wise Fools of Christmas

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

     Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man’s hat. As Christmas carols draw mind and heart to the spirit of the season, the Church also calls for spiritual preparation through Advent. All…

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    Why “Celebrate” Christmas—and the Epiphany?

    by Bruce Frohnen

    Did you know that Christmas celebrations were banned in Scotland until 1958?  I certainly didn’t, not until my son started working on his sixth grade “Christmas around the World” report.  I haven’t looked up what the English did in this…

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    Light Amid Darkness: A Christmas Meditation

    by Regis Martin

    On first hearing the news that Calvin Coolidge had died, humorist Dorothy Parker impishly asked, “How could they tell?”  I thought of that the other day when a friend told me that the Winter Solstice was coming, thus giving us…

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    Christ is Born! Come, Lord Jesus!

    by Fr. Robert Johansen

    In the crypt of the church of St. Mary Major in Rome, under the high altar, rests a crystal reliquary containing five pieces of sycamore wood, which are believed to be the remains of the crib of the infant Jesus…

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    The Silent Wonder of Mary and Joseph

    by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

    We have beheld the shepherds coming in from their fields glorifying God and bringing all who heard them to glorify him too. Yet here is something still more marvelous and edifying: “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her…

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    C.S. Lewis on Christmas

    by Jon Kennedy

    It’s a sad irony that Charles Dickens, who most likely did not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, is the English writer most identified with Christmas, while C.S. Lewis who is one of the most articulate literary proponents of…

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    Cultural Amnesia and the Separation of Church and State

    by Bruce Frohnen

    One of the sadder aspects of Christmastime in America is the display of ignorance on the part of so many Americans regarding the constitutional tradition of our country.  Why at Christmas? Because it is at this time of year that…

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    The First Proclamation of the Gospel

    by Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

    The beginning of the Gospel is in the angel’s words to the shepherds: “I bring you good news of a great joy,” the good news of the birth of a Savior. (Luke 2:10) What news could be better? When he…

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    Sing we Noël!

    by Christopher O. Blum

    Speaking of his medieval ancestors and ours, d’Alembert once said that “Poetry for them was reduced to a puerile mechanism.” James Madison, echoing him, judged the result of fifteen centuries of Christian civilization to be little more than “pride and…

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    Three Wise Men and Three Stooges

    by Rev. Dwight Longenecker

    Epiphany–in my opinion–has always had the edge on Christmas. Sure, I like the Christ child and the manger and the ox and ass and St Joseph, and the Blessed Virgin, and the angels and shepherds and, “Ye shall find the…

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    Steady in Iowa, Romney Counts on New Hampshire, Florida

    by Michael Barone

      Election year has finally arrived, well after the beginning of a turbulent and unpredictable elections season, and voting begins on Tuesday in the Iowa Republicans caucuses. The few days of post-Christmas polling have shown the numbers oscillating and opinion…

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    Whose Country Is It, Anyway?

    by Patrick J. Buchanan

      Half a century ago, American children were schooled in Aesop’s fables. Among the more famous of these were “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Particularly appropriate this Christmas season, and every Christmas lately, is…

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