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"Salome with the Head of John the Baptist" (c. 1607) by Caravaggio (

Advent points to the reality that Catholicism is a faith not simply of martyrs but of martyrdom.

Dr. Leroy Huizenga, Catholic World Report, December 3, 2022

(Editor’s note: This essay was posted originally on December 5, 2016.)

Dr. Leroy Huizenga is Administrative Chair of Arts and Letters and Professor of Theology at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Dr. Huizenga has a B.A. in Religion from Jamestown College (N.D.), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University.  …

In Advent and Christmas our thoughts turn, naturally, to the baby Jesus and his Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most people think this time of year is about the miraculous birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. And so people put up manger scenes with shepherds, angels, animals, the Magi, and of course the Holy Family with little baby Jesus in the manger at the center. …