Christmas Among Catholics: Five Lessons to Keep in Mind

By Chris Castaldo

You sit down for Christmas dinner with your extended family, all of whom are Catholic. Uncle Philip, the Grand Poo-bah of the Knights of Columbus, leads in prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. You wonder if last year’s train wreck of a conversation in which you described the “unbiblical and sometimes cultic regard for the Saints” may have somehow precipitated this new emphasis. Or perhaps Aunt Louise, his wife and person most offended by your passionate Christ alone apologetic, had some influence. In either case, you’re off and running—another holiday with the family in which religious discussion will create social combustion volatile enough to blow the roof off the house.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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