religious freedom remains a major concern. Dozens of lawsuits related to
the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate in the health care reform law are
under consideration right now. HHS demands that most religious organizations
provide female sterilization and contraceptives, including those that cause
abortions, for employees and dependents covered by their health insurance. The
government will exempt church organizations that hire and serve only their
co-religionists, but those who help just anyone in need, regardless of
religion, are not religious enough for HHS. When did the U.S. Constitution givethe government the right to define what is and is not a legitimate churchministry?
3.When you embark on holiday travel, drive carefully. Pray to St. Christopher, traditionally known as
the patron of safe travel, but remember that when you start to speed on the
highway, St. Christopher gets out and walks.
4.Get ready for Advent,
which begins December 2. Find four candles, three purple and one pink (third
week of Advent), to place in a green wreath on the table on the First Sunday of
Advent. The display can remind Christians that they are among millions
preparing to celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas.
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