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The Aesthetic of Christmas

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I once asked a learned theologian to explain to me the essential difference between the theology of Karl Rahner and the theology we associate with the Communio school. My learned friend replied, “It takes on many different expressions, but fundamentally, Rahner considers the Incarnation as a theological category and the Communio school considers the Incarnation as an event.” I still try to get my unlearned theological mind around that sentence, but, at Christmas it begins to make sense to me and I discern why I like the Communio school so much.

 

A Battle Worth Having

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Everybody likes to talk about their political challenges in martial terms: a war on women, a war on religion, a war on drugs, etc. This report by Alessandro Speciale at RNS describes one battle worth having, the effort by the Italian bishops, trade unions and associations of small businesses to keep Sunday as a day of rest. This touches the deepest struggle in our culture, the struggle to resist the encroachments of the ideology of the market into all of life.

Note to Readers

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I apologize for no postings yesterday. My border collie, Clementine, was having trouble standing up yesterday and had to go to the animal hospital. When I spoke to the doctor late yesterday afternoon, they were waiting for the surgeon to have a look as they try to determine whether the problem is muscular-skeletal or neurologic. As my friends can attest, I am ridiculously devoted to my dogs and, perhaps especially to Clementine.

The New Bp of Bridgeport

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No, the Bollettino at the Vatican website did not announce the name of a new bishop of Bridgeport this morning. But, yesterday, in the Washington Post, this article profiled Msgr. Robert Weiss, the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Connecticut who became, over the weekend, the face of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and, indeed, the face of Christ to those who were mourning.

Advent Hymnody

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Fr. Joseph Komonchak at Commonweal asked the other day: If we don't sing Advent hymns during Advent, when will we? I concur. Anything we can do to rescue the season of Advent from the encroachments of the consumerists who do not understand that Christmas begins on the 25th, it doesn't end then. So, what are your favorite Advent hymns? Here is one of mine:

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