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True Meaning of Christmas...

It’s less than three weeks until Christmas. Are things getting hectic in your life? Or are you ready to celebrate our Lord’s birth and incarnation into this world with a quiet, joyful spirit?  

I hope you make some extra time during these last weeks of Advent to meditate on the Holy Family; Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They are the best examples we have of loving family members being disciples to one another. That’s not to say that there are probably many other examples in your own lives if you care to look. But the loving dynamic of the Holy Family is especially on display this season of Advent.

If you have a nativity scene in your home maybe you could spend some time thinking about what that night must have been like for each person in the scene; Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men. Put yourself in the scene and allow time to just breathe in the atmosphere.  

Thinking about the birth of Jesus helps us to recognize the humanity that is part of his being. It helps us remember that Jesus walked the earth and was a flesh and blood human being. It should comfort us to know that as we go through our own trials and tribulations.  

And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:12)

Very soon we will be in the throes of the celebration of Christmas. Don’t let our secular society dictate how you celebrate. I hope that you take time this week and next to really celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

 

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."