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December 24, 2007

Vol.197 / No.21
Of Many Things
Karen Sue Smith December 24, 2007

It poured rain the entire day that Christmas in Georgia, but we never let it dampen our spirits. I was visiting close neighbors, Sam and Beth and their young son. The three of us had prepared a vegetarian feast of succulent grain dishes, vegetable medleys, fruits, nuts, goat cheese and breads, not t

Faith in Focus
Karen Sue Smith December 24, 2007

The social worker and I belonged to the same parish, but we were merely acquaintances. So I was surprised when she called to ask whether anyone at our farm might be willing to take in a mother who had given birth during the night. There were perhaps 50 committed adults living at Koinonia Partners In

Books
Robert A. Krieg December 24, 2007

Over the past five decades liberation theologians have stressed the notion of Christian practice or praxis Greek for doing that is the notion that being a disciple of Jesus Christ requires action that is congruent with the Gospel discloses its truth and transforms society According to Gustavo

News

Bishops Warn: Book Could Mislead Faithful A Vietnamese-American theologian’s 2004 book on religious pluralism contains “pervading ambiguities and equivocations that could easily confuse or mislead the faithful,” the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine said in a Dec. 10 statem

Letters
December 24, 2007

Fatal Love In the Signs of the Times story about Franz Jägerstätter (11/12), the author writes, Blessed Jägerstätter was beatified as a martyr, which means he was killed out of hatred for the faith. In other words, someones hate got Franz into heaven. But such is decidedly not the case. It is in

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington December 24, 2007

On Christmas Day we celebrated the birth of Jesus the Word of God as a human being He entered our world as part of a family so it has become customary to focus on the Holy Family on the Sunday after Christmas That there is a crisis in the modern family is hardly news One positive and constructiv

Jim McDermott December 24, 2007

Sweden has a population of nine million, of whom approximately 150,000 are Catholic. , a German who is one of 17 Jesuits working there, has been serving in parish ministry in Sweden for 37 years. , an associate editor of America, spoke to Father Dietz recently about Christianity and secularization i