Today is the Feast of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night, which is the traditional celebration of Christmastide. It is the day on which Christians celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to worship the baby Jesus. In the quote below, Chesterton describes a practice our family has adopted to help place the story of our Lord’s nativity into a context greater than simply a stand alone day (December 25) where gifts are given. In our home, most of our gifts are given to one another on December 25. However, the children are given one present a day through the rest of Christmastide culminating on our celebration of Epiphany. For more ideas on celebrating Epiphany, see Anna’s chapter in the book Let Us Keep the Feast.
About one in four Americans (27%) is intentionally sharing their married life with someone whose religious belief system is different from their own. If difference within traditions like Protestantism is included, the number jumps to 37%. This emerging trend is consistent with the generally agreed-upon trajectory of our culture. We are moving into a period […]
he rate of loneliness in the U.S. has doubled in the past 30 years, says John T. Cacioppo, a psychologist and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, who studies loneliness including analysis of several large studies. These days, he estimates, some 40% of Americans report being lonely, up from 20% in the 1980s.