Tuesday digest

December 6, 2011

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New today from the Century:

  • Rodney Clapp on varieties of patriotism: "We owe our homeland patriotism, but not just any kind of
    patriotism—because just as we don't choose our parents, neither do we
    choose our country of origin." (subscription required)

  • Debra Dean Murphy on Christmas usurping Advent: "We give it a wink and a nod, observing a kind of pseudo-Advent,
    even as our Christmas celebrations — ecclesial, civic, and
    familial—are in full-swing. I have complained about this so many times
    for so many years that I’m sick of myself on this one."
  • Henry J. Langknecht's lectionary column for Sunday, December 18: "Mary sings, "My soul magnifies the Lord!" And it does. But God is
    magnified by more than just her soul. Her life magnifies the Lord
    through its witness." (subscription required)


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