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Christmas Is About Jesus, Otherwise It Is Fake

December 28, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Christmas Is About Jesus, Otherwise It Is Fake

Pope Francis speaking about what Christmas is really about during the general audience December 27. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to reflect with you on the meaning of the Lord Jesus’ Birth, which we are living these days in faith and in celebrations. The setting up of the crib and, above all the liturgy, with its biblical readings and its traditional songs, have made us relive “the today” in which “for us is born the Savior, the Lord Christ” (Luke 2:11). In our times, especially in Europe, we are witnessing a sort of “distortion” of Christmas: in the name of a false respect that isn’t Christian, which often hides the will to marginalize faith, every…Continue Reading

Liberty Counsel Predicts Ruling Won’t Stand . . . Judge Blocks Religious Exceptions To Obamacare

December 27, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Liberty Counsel Predicts Ruling Won’t Stand . . . Judge Blocks Religious Exceptions To Obamacare

PHILADELPHIA — Obama-appointed Federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s recent rules which exempt nonprofits that have religious objections to the Obamacare contraception and abortion drug and device mandate. “Courts do not have the authority to order the federal government to force religious nonprofits to provide free contraception and abortion drugs and devices,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, on December 18. In the lawsuit, filed by the state of Pennsylvania, the judge said the Trump administration’s religious accommodation rules “would cause irreparable harm because tens of thousands of women would lose contraceptive coverage.” Seriously? The Trump administration announced in October that employers will now be exempt from the Obamacare requirement to provide insurance coverage…Continue Reading

The Christmas Letter: A Gift Of Love

December 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Christmas Letter: A Gift Of Love

By JEFF MINICK For sixteen years, I taught seminars in literature, composition, history, and Latin to homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C. Students attended one or more of these two-hour seminars every week, and then returned home with anywhere from four to seven hours of work, depending on the particular class in which they were enrolled. Our focus in the literature and composition seminars was the essay. The students wrote prodigiously, and I in turn graded prodigiously, sixty to eighty papers, journals, and reports every week. This labor-intensive approach was grueling for both students and teacher, but paid big benefits, annually creating a crew of fine young writers. Occasionally, we took a break from the essay, writing instead a short story…Continue Reading

Faith Leaders… Affirm The Beauty Of Being Created Male Or Female

December 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Faith Leaders… Affirm The Beauty Of Being Created Male Or Female

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the USCCB General Assembly in November 2017, a group of ecumenical and interfaith partners gathered with bishops of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage to discuss gender ideology. As a result of this discussion, faith leaders on December 15 issued an open letter entitled Created Male and Female. Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, Pa., chairman of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs,…Continue Reading

Garlands In The Sky

December 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Garlands In The Sky

By DEREK BECHER The winter winds blew early that year, bringing a record snowfall to Jubilee County. By November, the country roads were impassable, as frosty drifts gathered and grew along the roadsides, especially where the woods crept toward their shoulders. A week later, country residents had already assembled their horse-drawn wagons and sleighs for the first trips into town, which became less frequent because of the duration of the roundtrip excursion to Merry Vale. Winter had indeed arrived early, and with the thick blanket of snow that it had brought, it was there to stay. For Marie and her brother, Matthew, that first snowfall brought dreams of Christmas, as always. Before long, their town would be decorated with the…Continue Reading

Christmas Prayer

December 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Christmas Prayer

By DEREK BECHER Dear Lord On this lovely, holy Eve, Be with me, I pray And guide me to understand your coming, And why it is we celebrate, especially now. Help me to look beyond the presents and their flowing ribbons; Open my heart and my eyes, and help me to see and feel The suffering that shakes our Earth. Many hunger, and are cold and lonely In this world of plenty; And many stray from your light, by evil and its ways. And the hustle and bustle, How I fear it’s replaced the real joy we should feel. That starry night so long ago So quietly, peacefully, you entered our world And through your love, your guidance, your sacrifice…Continue Reading

The Truce On Christmas

December 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Truce On Christmas

By SHAUN KENNEY December is always a magical month for children. For myself, I can’t help but grin just a bit as my Protestant friends discover a new love for statues of the Blessed Mother as they set up their manger scenes. I’ll take what I can get. Yet for all the decorations and presents, pageants and pomp, the Christmas season effectively denudes itself into just one day — and of that day, a mere 12 hours of torn wrapping paper, dry turkey, and watching the Dallas Cowboys play someone else. As a dutiful Washington Redskins fan with no hope of seeing a playoff? That’s an easy place to put my schadenfreude. Of course, I happen to be one of…Continue Reading

Fragment For Christmas

December 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Fragment For Christmas

By DUNSTAN THOMPSON (Editor’s Note: Wanderer contributor Philip Trower submitted the poem below by Dunstan Thompson. Thompson [1918-1975] was an American poet. Trower is Thompson’s executor; all rights reserved.) + + + Dear Lord, and only ever faithful friend, For love of us rejected, tortured, torn — And we were there; who on the third day rose Again, and still looks after us; descend Into each wrecked unstable house; be born In us, a Child among Your former foes.

At Christmastime, Remember Our Service Members

December 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on At Christmastime, Remember Our Service Members

By JOANNE SADLER BUTLER What was Christmas like for an Army scout in Iraq a dozen years ago? The short answer: nothing. I’m sorry if this shocks you, but a scout’s focus must be completely on alert to his surroundings, or he will die. If thoughts of missing Christmas and family intrude, the scout might not hear that (literally) critical tiny rustle around the corner, and seconds later he’s finished. How do I know this? I have a friend, Ryan, a cradle Catholic, who was an Army scout in Iraq and awarded a Purple Heart. He suffered many wounds; was in and out of hospitals for years, but had the discipline to acquire a BS degree in business from Texas…Continue Reading

Historicity Of Jesus Christ Doubted Only By Anti-Religionists

December 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Historicity Of Jesus Christ Doubted Only By Anti-Religionists

By DAVID NABHAN (Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in NEWSMAX December 5 and is reprinted here with the author’s permission. David Nabhan wrote Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology, published in 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing, New York.) + + + The media focuses regularly on curmudgeons whose claim to fame is sneering at the flag on Independence Day, pooh-poohing any reason for feast or celebration on Thanksgiving, and during Christmas season trotting out their yearly insult to 2.2 billion people worldwide. That there is a purely political impetus for these bizarre assaults on the foundational events of our culture seems clearly obvious. The thinly veiled questioning of the very historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth by elitist poseurs,…Continue Reading