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Category: Reflections

Christmas memo

CHRIS MOERDYK takes aim at the wrong kind of Christmas spirit. Every year at Christmas, I must admit to getting a little piqued at the commercialisation of...

The meaning of Christmas

A reflection by Professor Peter Hunter Christmas means different things to different people. For the young children of families who can afford it, it is primarily a...

Keeping Jesus warm

On Christmas Day we celebrate the fact that the Word became flesh. Or, to use a profound phrase of Benedict XVI, the day when eternity entered time....

Nativity play nerves

Nativity plays. Everybody has either been in one or watched one. Sr ROSE POWER of Groblersdal reminisces about nativity plays and the children who act so earnestly in them....

Time and eternity meet on crossroads

Wherever Christian hearts beat, the holy night of Christmas draws millions together, writes Mgr JAN JAWORSKI. During the silent and holy night, Jesus Christ the infant God/man...

God’s special gift to us

By Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI About 15 billion years ago a cosmic blast occurred that we have come to call the Big Bang. Our universe was on...

Scrooge still haunts us

By Owen Williams The visible aspects of the English-speaking Christmas owe much to Charles Dickens (1812-1870), particularly of course to his great novel A Christmas Carol, which...

Christmas in orphanages

Most children experience Christmas joy in the fold of a loving family. But not all children have families. MICHAIL RASSOOL looks at how Christmas is celebrated in Catholic orphanages...

Making too merry

By Bernard Likalimba During my teenage years in Malawi, Christmas was not all about going to church and praying. For many, Christmas was also about going to...