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Just in time for the holidays, a chef in Washington has created an extraordinary gingerbread house — er, church — of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. From the Georgetown Patch:(with a H/T to CNS) Crafting gingerbread …Read More

That’s the name of an ambitious, surprisingly powerful project undertaken by photographer Steven Golder. He’s been taking photographs of hands — some of them breathtaking in their simplicity and beauty — but not just any hands. They are the hands …Read More

From a friend’s Facebook page.  Oy to the world…  

An amazing story, and a stunning video, below. My one question: what’s wrong with her? They never explain.     

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No, you aren’t seeing things. That is, indeed, an illuminated cross inside a very patriotic Christmas tree. Want one? Read about it here.

Don’t pack your bags yet, but some biblically-minded entrepreneurs are planning a Noah-themed tourist attraction: The same group behind the Creation Museum is partnering with another group to build a full-scale version of Noah’s Ark that will anchor a family …Read More

That was God’s promise to Abraham about the number of his descendants.  And – it turns out – that number may be even bigger than previously thought. From the New York Times: Scientists said Wednesday that the number of stars …Read More

Well, how is YOUR Advent going so far? I woke up Thanksgiving morning with a sore throat, which quickly turned into a cough, and I’ve been sniffling and wheezing ever since. (And for this, I got a flu shot?) I’m …Read More