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By Dr. Grattan Brown

The Villages, Florida is a city designed for and entirely inhabited by people who are 55-85 years old at this time in America. Everything there reflects their customs and values. The major activities consist of exercise–mainly golf, swimming, walking–and conversation, often around the tables of restaurants and cafes.

Visiting family during

Four Meditations for Advent: Week Four

Among the things we are waiting for this Advent is death.

Death is unavoidable. We wait for death every single day, whether we realize it or not. Mostly, we forget about it, which means that we do not consciously wait: we cover it over with many things—with anything—that might shield its horrid face from our sight.


Four Meditations for Advent: Week Three

What does Christ get out of you?


You may be shocked by the reversal implied in this question. We usually think of what we shall get out of him!


Or, maybe you’re scandalized that Christ should be spoken of as someone who needs something or as someone “on the make”, as they say.


But it isn’t impious to

Four Meditations for Advent: Week One

In St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus admonishes:

“Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (24: 42, 44)

Advent brings about thoughts of the second coming of Christ, and in this, we

Four Meditations for Advent: Week Two

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When it is suggested that Mary is at the pinnacle of the history of Israel, sometimes people object. They say, “Jesus Christ is at the summit of that covenant history.” This sounds like a robust defense of the place of Christ, but it is actually a mistaken opinion. Jesus Christ is the very

Are Participation Trophies Replacing Coaches?

Our President Dr. Thierfelder weighs in on the recent debate about participation trophies started by James Harrison, a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker.

“The problem with the participation trophy is that it is replacing what a coach ought to be doing–motivating players to perform at their best.The key is understanding what sport, or play,  is and why we do it. Play

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