“JMJ” are being replaced by snowmen, the NFL and the NBA. The situation will hopefully move faithful people to make their own cards as they prepare their hearts for Christmas, and pray a lot for society.
We found this sculpture in a local thriftshop, photographed it, and used it as ‘art’ for this year’s Christmas card.
Today the U.S. government said the war in Iraq (2003-2011) was over for U.S. troops. The fact that the USCCB never condemned the war is a scandal — perhaps even bigger than the Church’s sex abuse scandal.
OC recently asked Theodore Cardinal McCarrick (former Archbishop of Washington D.C.) if he ever publicly criticized the war? He said “no”.
It’s interesting to note that many of the same Catholics who decry ‘secularism’ were actually joined with one of the great secularists of our time — Christoper Hitchens — in supporting the war in Iraq.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“Queen Apostles, accept our complete readiness to work for the restoration and fulfilment of your Son’s kingdom. May we not withhold anything at all in helping to bring his salvific Will to fruition. May we be completely dedicated to the cause of the Gospel and of ultimate peace in the world. May our struggle be firmly grounded in justice, and be a stimulus for reciprocal charity among men and women of all nations.” John Paul II, Address, 27 January 1979