December 23-30, 2013

Vol.209 / No.19

December 23-30, 2013

James Martin, S.J.December 12, 2013

Whenever I speak to groups on the spirituality of joy, I am usually asked some excellent questions afterward. These questions always prompt me to think more deeply about the topic, so I thought I might share the most common query with you: Does Christian joy, which flows from believing in the good n

A child leads them: Bambinelli Sunday in St. Peter’s Square
Ruth BurrowsDecember 12, 2013

Is there a record of any other person in antiquity whose love of children and interest in them equalled that of Jesus? His love was such that he held up a small child as an example that adults must, in some way, choose to resemble. This is a bold challenge, and yet Jesus’ references to childho

Raymond A. Schroth, S.J.December 12, 2013

Let us start with a quick quiz: 1. Which literary character falls “down the rabbit hole”? 2. When seven paintings were stolen recently from a Rotterdam museum, taken to Romania and possibly burned, did you care? 3. Not long ago a news story on National Public Radio announced that a long-

Faith Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.December 12, 2013

In this one child resides the best of who we are, the hope for who we might become.

Letters
Our readersDecember 12, 2013

To Heal the SufferingRe “Healing Communities” (Editorial, 12/2): Bravo. While we still have more questions than answers, the science behind the causes of mental illness has come a long way in the last 30 years. Understanding the chemistry of the brain and its disorders is many orders of

Image of homeless girl in London part of exhibition by Lee Jeffries at Museum of Rome (CNS photo/courtesy of Lee Jeffries)
Editorials
The EditorsDecember 12, 2013

Those living on the street and in shelters share in the Holy Family’s experience of transience and insecurity. But how often are they welcomed with reverence and joy?

Books
Donald SeniorMarch 12, 2014

Reza Aslan rsquo s study of the historical Jesus has been hovering near the top of The New York Times best-seller list for several weeks It is written in an engaging style and reads like a historical novel But the author does not want it to be taken as ldquo fiction rdquo but as a serious work o