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The reason for the season

  by MSGR. THOMAS DUFFY In a few weeks, many Christians will begin their annual celebration of the feast of Christmas on Dec. 25. To help us prepare for and to celebrate this feast, we would do well, as we have often been encouraged, to seriously think of “the reason for the season.” Of course, […]

Olympic torch passes through South Carolina

In South Carolina, the flame, a symbol of past and future greatness, brought together dozens of wonderful stories of inspiration in the torchbearers. by NANCY SCHWERIN  Some of the South’s most inspirational personalities carried the Olympic torch across the Palmetto State on Dec. 6. Among the torchbearers were a locally famous football coach, a mother-daughter […]

Nine years of Catholic-Lutheran dialogue a search for understanding

by FATHER JAY SCOTT NEWMAN After nearly 500 years of separation, what hope exists for Catholics and Lutherans to find a path to the restoration of full, visible communion? None, unless both sides talk to each other, and that is just what is happening at a little college in North Carolina. Lenoir-Rhyne College, nestled in […]

Lecture series explores religion in a pluralistic society

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — In Luke’s Gospel, a scholar of the law asked Jesus “Who is my neighbor?” in an attempt to put limits on the command to love thy neighbor as oneself. Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes it clear that “neighbor” means everyone. More than 2,000 years later, the […]

Abbot teaches ancient prayer as the center to life, love and holiday bliss

  by NANCY SCHWERIN HILTON HEAD ISLAND — The stress of the holiday season often overshadows this joyous time for Christianity. One may try shopping early, preparing meals sooner, going daily to church, or taking a long bubble bath, and the stress probably still lingers. Trappist Father Basil Pennington, abbot of Holy Spirit Monastery in […]

Navy chaplain says Afghanistan deployment has three dimensions

By SHEILA OJENDYK TAYLORS — Father Vincent does not mince words about Operation Enduring Freedom. The Navy chaplain just finished a two-and-a-half year tour of duty on the USS Enterprise and stopped in Greenville to spend Thanksgiving with family members. (Editor’s Note: Following U.S. Department of Defense policy, The Miscellany is identifying the priest only […]

Lou Holtz on faith

  The following column was sent by Lou Holtz, head football coach at the University of South Carolina, to Bishop Robert J. Baker in mid-October of 2000. At that time, the USC Gamecocks were finally enjoying some success following an 0-11 record the previous season. Bishop Baker used the following insights from Holtz on football, […]

Deacon Al Payne answers call to come to S.C.

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Deacon Al Payne, the new assistant to the vicar general for the Diocese of Charleston, is embarking on a different path. However, that’s nothing unusual for the New Jersey native, who in three decades has transitioned from a career as a Marine to one in ministry. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., […]

The ups and downs of being the youngest

  By MARY HOOD HART It was National School Lunch week, and I’d signed up to eat lunch with Anna and her fifth-grade class. I wrote the time on my calendar: Tuesday 11:20 a.m. “Be there right on time, Mom,” Anna warned. “We only get 20 minutes to eat.” That Tuesday, I spent the morning […]

St. Anne students seek to aid and educate community

By PAUL A. BARRA ROCK HILL — When the middle schoolers at St. Anne School decided to help other children, they went one step further than collecting toys for the holidays. Although they did that, too. All 60 members of Teens For Peace, a service club at the school, held a Children’s Sabbath service on […]

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