Dear readers, Every year on Christmas Eve, LifeSite publishes Christmas reflections written by our staff and contributors. The year 2020 has been one of enormous growth for us and thus we are publishing far more Christmas reflections than in years past. We encourage you to read these pieces, many of which are personal and all of which are thoughtful, as you celebrate Christmastide. We have also included a link to a recap of 2020 by His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. LifeSiteNews will be taking a much-needed break to celebrate Christmas until January 4, 2021. We wish you all a very […]
Decemer 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Each year, abortion groups celebrate the season by requesting donations and wishing everyone happy holidays. It is always ironic to see the spiritual descendants of Herod twist themselves into knots to acknowledge Christmas without being too religious, but I suppose it is also understandable. Nobody likes being left out, even those who spend the rest of the year dispatching God’s tiny gifts to the next world with scalpels and suction aspirators. This year, one abortion worker attempted to get particularly festive by topping a Christmas tree not with an angel or a star, but with […]
December 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — This Christmas season feels very different from previous holidays, at least for our family. In years past, our children were thrilled with the anticipation of spending Christmas Day with their grandparents in Maryland — a tradition we have maintained for the better part of 18 years. We’ve missed a few due to moving, but we’ve come home for Christmas every year that we physically could. This year, the children’s presents and treats have been trickling in via UPS, USPS, and FedEx. As excited as they are to receive these gifts, there is a palpable disappointment […]
EDINBURGH, Scotland, December 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — This Christmas will be the strangest ever for millions of Christians across the western world. We are going to have to check the headlines to see what our governments want us to do, and then we are going to do what we believe God is calling us to do: at least, I hope so. We’re just going to do it while looking over our shoulder, and that’s an uncomfortable thought. But it occurred to me that the first Christmas was also uncomfortable, and the discomfort was also caused by government fiat. We read […]
December 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — As a child growing up just outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway during the 1960s–1970s, my greatest fear was that one day I would see a brilliant flash of white light followed by a thunderous explosion, and then look up to see a hideous mushroom cloud rising over the nation’s capital. Back then, it never would have occurred to me that the biggest threat to our nation would come not from a foreign enemy reaching our shores, but from within — from fellow Americans who hold great power in politics, in mainstream media, in academia, and […]
December 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – “The time came for Mary to be delivered,” said Pope Benedict XVI, beginning his midnight MMass homily on the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity with St. Luke’s account of Christmas. “And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:6f.). “These words touch our hearts every time we hear them,” the pontiff remarked. “We can imagine the kind of interior preparation, the kind of love with which Mary approached that hour. The brief […]
It seems now to me, looking back, how, while we went to sleep thinking that Communism was effectively dead, other themes and strategies were developed that still aimed at establishing modified Communist systems in the world.