Obama and the meaning of Christmas – and some advice for Christmas sermons

You have to wait until minute 13 of this 18 minute video to hear it, but President Barack Obama, in a Dec. 21 visit to the Washington D.C. Boys and Girls Club, does a little evangelizing about the "reason we celebrate Christmas" after reading the Polar Express to the kids and listening to a litany …

24 hours of absolute solitude – a way to absolute happiness?

St. Frances de Sales, the patron saint of journalists and writers, once said, "Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed." I've been thinking about statement almost obsessively over the past five days for two reasons: One, I read this article on the "radical …