Deacon Greg Kandra: Advent matters

I’d suggest three ideas, three approaches to these days that can help us experience Advent the way it was meant to be.

On Christmas, Nicaraguan bishop reiterates calls for dialogue

Managua Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Jose Baez reiterated his calls for dialogue and respecting human dignity in Nicaragua, where the president has crushed protests, closed critical media outlets and persecuted anyone — including priests — publicly opposing his administration.

Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

Perhaps it’s the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with “Celebrate the season!” Or, maybe it’s the emphasis on reunions — bringing loved ones dear to us near to us for joy-filled sharing.