Month: December 2019

William Chatterton Dix

One Last Christmas Song

Another Christmas has come and gone.  Soon it will be time to take down the tree and the ornaments, and pack them away for next year.  Next week we’ll be watching the huddled masses yearning to breathe free in Times Square.  And then our vision will improve, for we’ll all see 2020. But before all that, let me offer one …

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Responding in Faith

Every Christmas season when I hear the story of the angel Gabriel telling Mary she’ll give birth to the Son of God, I wonder about what moved Mary to respond the way she did.  She responded immediately, surrendering to her role in God’s plan.  What was she thinking?  She most likely knew how difficult giving birth and raising a child …

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Bah! Humbug!

It’s Christmas season. Drag the decorations from the attic. Move furniture. Put the trees in place. Hang the wreaths outside. And the lights. The Health Club I go to has an inflatable dinosaur outside wishing me “Happy Holidays.” There’s house down the street, with a rattan deer on its front lawn with a life-like quizzical expression. Then you have to …

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Gene Therapy, Alien Invasions, & Advent

Being a science geek most of my life, I have always enjoyed futuristic conceptualizations captured in science fiction media.  As I look back on medical progress, it is almost shocking how far science has advanced: Things that were once thought impossible, have now become reality.  Take gene therapy, for example, in which a healthy gene is extracted from a healthy …

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