Monthly Archives: December 2014

The spiritual joy of visiting Bethlehem

A nun prays in front of the star marking the site where according to tradition  Jesus was born in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Dec. 20. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) (Dec. 20, 2011)

In October 2014, I visited Bethlehem with my wife, Judy, and three other fellow pilgrims, among many sites in the Holy Land. I thought it would be appropriate for the season to express what that experience was like for us. During our pilgrimage I wrote a sort of diary during our nights in our hotel.…

Sr. Dolores LaVoy, OP

Sr. Dolores LaVoy, OP, formerly known as Sr. James Richard LaVoy, died Dec. 16 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 90 and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Born in Toledo to Isadore and Matilda (Meinig) LaVoy, she graduated from Catholic Central High School in…

2014: What hast thou wrought?

Al Kresta

It’s late December, and the close of another year. Of what have we been concerned, and what have we learned, in 2014? Torture: Senate Democrats recently released a report criticizing the CIA for using “torture” to extract information from detainees. The debate revolved around the definition of “torture.” The debate is an old one. World…

Life finds Loyola between a rock and a hard place

John Callahan, coach of the state champion Loyola Bulldogs, has molded his team into a “family.”

No way were the Loyola Bulldogs going to be denied the state Division 7 football championship a third time. “They thought they could beat us,” said senior fullback and linebacker Paul Engram to the media after Loyola thoroughly vanquished Ishpeming, 29-8, to take away the bitter aftertaste of twice watching the kids from the Upper…

Seeing Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant

Young people carry the Ark of the New Covenant in Gaspe, Quebec, in this June 2006 file photo. The ark is traveling through Canada as a means of promoting the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City June 15-22. (CNS photo/courtesy of International Eucharistic Congress) (May 8, 2008) See stories slugged EUCHARIST- May 7, 2008.

Our approach to Scripture is very different than how the New Testament uses it. When we study Scripture, we usually start by picking a text and thinking about how it can be applied in our lives. When Christ came, however, the New Testament writers reversed the process. They experienced and observed Christ’s life and looked…