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Mary inspires us to live a fruitful Advent Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming”. During Advent we wait patiently for the coming of Jesus.

According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, Advent has a two-fold character. It is a season to prepare for Christmas when we remember Christ’s first coming to us.

Abortion funding: Cut off taxpayer-funded ‘blood supply’ to Planned Parenthood Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics

Americans have long been disturbed by the fraud and waste that often surrounds the federal government's use of their tax dollars. They now have further reason to be up in arms because of the way those tax dollars support the practice of abortion, even though such support, technically speaking, remains illegal.

The 1976 Hyde Amendment, a rider attached by Congress to federal spending bills each year, states that federal tax dollars -- particularly for Medicaid -- cannot be used to pay for abortions.

The missionary challenge of John Chau Print E-mail
Word on Fire

Perhaps you've heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated communities in the world, and who, for his trouble, was killed before he even got past the beach.

His endeavor has inspired a whole range of reactions -- outrage, puzzlement, sympathy, deep admiration -- and has stirred up in many people, both religious and secular, questions about the missionary nature of Christianity.