Requests for funds from The Tablet’s Bright Christmas campaign are arriving every day. Those letters make clear the reason why we do this every year.
The ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ slogan reminds us that sometimes the commercial side of the season could leave Jesus ‘no room at the inn’ of our lives. Caring for others during this joyful season could be a very good way to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas.’
This weekend, we light the first candle on our Advent wreaths. It is a symbol of hope as we begin preparing for the coming of the Lord.
We celebrate Thanksgiving this week, a time when we think about all the blessings we have received. Sometimes it could be the moment when we acutely feel the pain for our losses, for the things that really didn’t go well during our last trip around the sun.
The recent midterm elections are not over – Florida’s ‘traditional’ recounts are still underway – but the results at large are clear. Confirming what polls predicted, Democrats retook the House and Republicans kept the Senate. Two years from now, somebody will probably be quoting President Truman’s ‘Do Nothing Congress.’
Veterans Day, commemorated each year on Nov. 11, is the Day of the Armistice that put an end to the Great War a century ago this week. We often forget that World War II changed the name of the Great War into World War I. In that name – Great War – there was an implicit hope: that the horrors visited upon the world between 1914 and 1918 would never return. That hope was obliterated 21 years later, when Hitler and Stalin invaded Poland in September of 1939.
“The art of prophecy is very difficult, especially with respect to the future,” Mark Twin famously said. Many times in our history, political pundits have learned and forgotten the wisdom of that dictum.
Let us forget Twain’s lesson again and make a prediction: After next week’s midterm elections, our country will be more divided than it is today.
Sadly, we live in times when everything is viewed through a political prism. Two weeks ago, on the day of St. Oscar Romero’s canonization, NPR’s correspondent Sylvia Poggioli said: “As soon as he became pope, Francis authorized Romero’s canonization – a rebuke to his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who believed Romero was too far to the left.” This is a very narrow-minded, petty and, more importantly, erroneous way to read the history of canonizations during the last three pontificates.
During his homily on Sunday, March 23, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of San Salvador made a special appeal to the National Guard soldiers of his country:
Last Saturday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Associate Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice John Roberts. Outside, protesters pushed past a police line and pounded on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court chanting, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Kavanaugh has got to go.”