Advent with NCR: O Dawning Light, O Sacred Presence -- Daily reflections
One year after Sandy Hook: Gun control activists see post-Newtown progress 
Boehner, the Tea Party, and the Ryan Express  What last night's vote revealed about the actual balance of power within the House GOP.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Episcopal Conference of India, said that the Church has “never considered gay people criminals,” after the Supreme Court of India restored a law banning homosexual acts. 
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Catholic bishops weigh in on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages in the state . Take firm stand in support of traditional marriage, but no over the top rhetoric in support of the proposal.
Readers respond: Pope Francis takes 'Time' honor: Your Say 
Just how cool is the Pope? Wayward millennials flocking to church 
Synod on the family: Studies of US Catholics provide insight on synod questions 
Greensburg, Pa. -- An unfolding financial scandal in diocesan schools? Read second paragraph on this list. 
Austrialia's Royal Commission on Sexual Abuse of Children -- Lawyers 'horse-traded' on church abuse 
Central African Republic -- Church leaders tell of humanitarian crisis in capital city 
Steve Coogan: 'Philomena' not attack on Catholic Church 
NCR's Jamie Manson liked the film: New film 'Philomena' has lessons worthy of the Gospel 
Pencil Preaching  is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.
Daily Bread  is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.