In his beloved Pittsburgh Catholic column, Father Charles Bober answers your questions about the Catholic faith. Father Bober is the administrator of the Adams/Cranberry/Glade Mills grouping.
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What do we mean by “fear of God”? If He is such a loving God, why should we ever be afraid?
I feel that Christmas is more of a cultural celebration than a religious one in our country, and I wonder how we Christians are to deal with that?
Clearly, Christians in our nation face the celebration of Christmas as two realities—the secular occasion and the religious celebration. We tend to think of this as something rather new to our time, but it is not.
As we approach Christmas, the Sunday Scripture readings get rather dark and even frightening. Is that meant to tell us that the end is near? Why would the beautiful feast of Christmas be introduced by such readings?