Christmas in Mexico 2009

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent GUADALAJARA, December 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – I am privileged to spend Christmas this year in a very special setting: in the rectory of a chapel that offers the mass and sacraments according to the traditional usage of the Catholic Church.  The mass, done in accordance with the norms last codified in 1962, is performed in Latin, and the priest and people face the same direction.  The canon, the central part of the mass in which the consecration of the bread and wine occur, is spoken silently, representing the “mystery of faith” that is […]
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A Difficult Year Put into Perspective

By Steve Jalsevac December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This has been the most challenging and difficult year ever for us at LifeSiteNews and for myself as the manager of this work of proclaiming truth through news reporting. And yet, this was only to be expected given the mission we have willingly accepted at this extremely controversial time in history. For myself, there are certainly no regrets and there is a peace that we reported what we were obliged in conscience to report, regardless of the sometimes crushing time demands and very harsh responses from some quarters.  But then, this is not […]
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Why is Christmas so Beautiful?

By John Jalsevac December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Lately I have been pondering the topic of beauty. Roger Scruton, a British philosopher whose area of specialty is the study of aesthetics, recently aired a 1-hour special on BBC, a visual essay entitled “Why Beauty Matters.” I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this video, in the way one does stumble upon things on the internet, and it has sent my head spinning. Towards the beginning of the essay Scruton lays out his thesis, stating in his rich British accent as Giovanni Pergolesi’s haunting Stabat Mater plays in the background: “I […]
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A Candle Burning Brightly

Note: John-Henry and Diane were expecting their 8th child but Diane experienced a miscarriage on Christmas Eve day, her third in the past few years. This story is not as it was originally written given that they were still very joyfully expecting that new child at the time of writing. Please say a prayer for them as they endure their loss. By John-Henry Westen December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mothers teach us a great deal about love. Over 2000 years ago a 9-month pregnant mother braved the 70-mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem while facing (if the weather then was similar to today) […]
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The Silence of Christmas and the Role of the Family

By Matt Anderson December 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It is incredible to think about the miracle and historical reality of that Christmas over 2000 years ago when our Lord entered this world.  Indeed, in some sense, it was a Christmas that was very different from Christmases of today.  That evening, Joseph and Mary couldn’t find a place to stay in town. As hard as they tried, the inn was too full to welcome our Lord, too taken up with people returning to Bethlehem to take part in the government’s census. Many of the people in the inn, who probably hadn’t […]
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God’s Surprise

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dear LifeSiteNews readers, this year I want to share with you a story about the birth of my first daughter, Mary Ann Rose, born into a family of nine boys, which took us so much by surprise that we could only see in her birth a glimpse into God’s sense of humor and His delight in blessing us with surprises. Catherine Doherty, foundress of Madonna House, spoke beautifully in her writings about the intimate connection between pregnancy and birth, and Advent and Christmas.  “Each pregnancy sings of the First Advent,” she […]
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Christmas: the Pinnacle of Providence

By Tim Waggoner December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Christmas in Nashville.  Sounds like a country song, doesn’t it? My wife and I made the 13-hour drive from a small town north of Toronto to Music City so that we night celebrate Christmas with her side of the family. For those of you who have made that trek, or a portion of it, you know that when I say that the drive is uneventful, this is a bit of an understatement.  I was, therefore, left with a rare chance to reflect ahead of time upon this Christmas reflection. As usual, I […]
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Peace on Earth?

By James Tillman December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –‘Tis the season for platitudes. To some it seems the season for platitudes by necessity.  When private individuals, public figures, and companies wish to be as inoffensive as possible, they search for the vaguest possible terms.  And so we hear that it is the season of goodwill, of brotherhood, or of peace – words that, taken out of any religious context, mean merely what the hearer wants them to mean.  For a Christian to search for common ground among such statements is like a Christian searching for common ground with a secular humanist […]
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Christmas Eve Vote Shows Arrogance of Dem’s ‘Monument to Greed for Power’: CWA

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Following the passage of the Senate health care reform bill, Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, stated, “No senator with an ounce of integrity can be proud of this bill or how it was passed. It marks among the lowest points in the U.S. Senate's history. “Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the Democrats' health care bill and distrust how the Democrats passed it. The bill will fund abortions, deny care for patients, increase premiums, create more bloated and unnecessary government agencies and burden taxpayers with paying off bribes to senators. “As if […]
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In Final Stage, Abortion Could Remain Top Obstacle to Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Now that the health care bill has made it out of the U.S. Senate, only one more revision stands between it and President Obama's desk – but once again the most troubling section appears to be the language governing abortion funding, which could still bring about the legislation’s ultimate demise. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) re-affirmed this week that he is holding together a group of conservative Democrats who have pledged to take down any version of the bill that contains government funding for abortion, which the Senate version does. “Well, […]
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