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December 22, 2008

Vol.199 / No.21
The Word
Barbara E. ReidDecember 22, 2008

For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere today rsquo s celebration of divine light glory and shining radiance comes in the darkest time of the year Isaiah exults in God rsquo s brilliance which bursts forth for the returning exiles as Jerusalem rises up in splendor once again The prophet e

Nancy NeedhamDecember 22, 2008

A Nativity encounter in the Deep South

Editorials
Drew Christiansen, S.J.December 22, 2008

A new instruction on bioethics from the Vatican

Faith in Focus
David J. OBrienDecember 22, 2008

Fourth in a series for Advent and Christmas

Books
Tom DeignanDecember 22, 2008

Patrick Taylor's 'An Irish Country Christmas,' reviewed

Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.December 22, 2008

Malcolm Miller illumines the Gothic jewel.

Letters
December 22, 2008

Father and Sir In your issue on “The Chaplain Controversy” (11/17), Deacon Tom Cornell and John J. McLain, S.J., agree that soldiers need priests. I agree too. I am a veteran of this current war, and was honorably discharged almost two years ago from the Navy as a conscientious objector.