Articles from Columbus Dispatch - faith values

In Good Faith: Wait for it

In the not-so-distant past, great wars erupted over baby Jesus in our house. Not the actual, living, breathing baby Jesus who burst into the world on that first Christmas Day, but the small figurine that accompanied our crèche. Our household was evenly split on whether baby Jesus should be placed in the manger before Christmas or on Christmas.The argument for putting him into the nativity set earlier in December revolved around his being an integral part of the scene. What’s a […]

Suzette Martinez Standring: Wildlife in winter: Spiritual messages

Watching wildlife is a year-round Christmas gift as they scamper, trot, glide and even slither freely nearby. Our fenced-in back yard abuts an open field where coyotes, turkeys and deer are common. Occasionally, the wild jolts the urban, as when a magnificent hawk bashed against our patio window. The “BOOM!” sounded like a sledgehammer against a wall.My husband and I ran onto the deck and found a hawk on its back, out cold, its legs sticking up into the air. (Maybe it was […]

St. Gabriel radio buys Portsmouth station to expand Catholic teachings

More Ohioans soon will be able to tune into the holy sounds and programming of St. Gabriel Catholic Radio.The station, which has been on the frequency 820 AM since 2011, has served central Ohio since 2005 and has long wanted to reach the radio dials of all parishioners in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, said Bill Messerly, the station’s executive director.St. Gabriel’s purchase of a station in Portsmouth, in Scioto County, on 88.3 FM, for […]

Bill Tinsley: Legacy of Light: George H.W. Bush

I first saw George H. W. Bush at a Fourth of July picnic in Lake Jackson, Texas, a slender young politician in his mid-40s running for congress. He won the election and later served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Vice President with Ronald Reagan before being elected President of the United States. His son, George W. and I are the same age. I have always been impressed with George H.W. as a man of integrity, honesty, character, courage and faith. He embodied the qualities that […]

Central Ohio Hanukkah festivities run through week

As those of the Jewish faith in central Ohio begin lighting menorahs Sunday, there will be a theme of light over darkness in hopes of promoting love and tolerance.Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, begins a little more than a month after 11 people were slain and six others were wounded Oct. 27 when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, a suburb that is the heart of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.”When you have darkness in the […]

Shayne Looper: Tolerance: Rediscovering the lost virtue

“In many ways tolerance is a lost virtue, and often, where it does exist, it exists from the wrong cause.” Those are the words of the Scottish scholar William Barclay, first published in 1953. Though there has been a great deal of talk about tolerance since then, it’s not clear that the lost virtue has ever been found.Over the decades, talk about tolerance has risen like the waves of the sea, only to subside, then rise again. The concept of tolerance has been a wedge […]

Susan Sparks: The struggle behind the gift

It’s the time of year when traffic snarls, check-out lines explode to epic proportions, and shoppers channel characters from “Apocalypse Now.” Ah, the angst of holiday shopping and the struggle behind the gifts. But how about we shift gears for a moment and move past the traffic, the lines and the crazy shoppers to consider the true struggle behind the gifts.Think about it like this: Have you ever sent a fruit and nut basket as a gift? It takes us about five […]

Bill Tinsley: Celebrating the season

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone. We have gathered with family, feasted on turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad and pecan pie, watched a few football games, played with the kids and enjoyed the sweet slumber that only tryptophan can provide. We survived Black Friday and celebrated a few bargains and did our part to fuel the American economy. Today we unpacked Christmas decorations. When the children were growing up, we always celebrated […]

PBS documentary and filmmaker salute Hanukkah

David Anton’s “Hanukkah: A Festival of DeLights,” is a warm, congenial and expansive film about the Jewish holiday, which begins Dec. 2 and concludes Dec. 10.Hanukkah — which commemorates the purification and rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem in 165 BCE by Judah Maccabee, who led the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire — is called an “accessible” Jewish holiday by one commentator in this film, while Anton explores why. The film covers the history of the […]