NCR Today: Advent invites us to examine the areas of our lives that are still awaiting liberty. It's an interesting coincidence that a much-anticipated movie opens at the same time.
Global Sisters Report Preview: Janet Gildea, SC, a Global Sisters Report contributor, began chemotherapy for recurrent ovarian cancer this past October, and will be sharing her experience with GSR.
The Field Hospital: In the small Catholic world of the bucolic North Carolina mountains, this Advent is dawning with discord between parishioners in Waynesville, N.C., and their pastor.
Making A Difference: As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, much of the world is at war -- particularly in the Holy Land.
The Peace Pulpit: "[Jesus] did come 2,000 years ago, but we haven't really listened down through those years, even until today, to his message."
Although the four weeks of Advent focus on waiting for Christmas, the church celebrates plenty of major feasts with customs, traditions and even special foods during the month of December.
Young Voices: The most joyful room I was in this year was a church packed with mourners at a funeral. It was also saddest room I was in this year.
NCR Today: Vatican releases second synod questionnaire; a realistic portrait of St. Nicholas; France bans nativity scenes; retirement care for religious
As Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.
We have given ourselves over to a culture of abundance, having not just enough, but more than enough. It's important to think about how we might simplify our lives.