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A Eucharistic Christmas...

It seemed to hit earlier than ever this year. The Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing and has been for several weeks. Thanksgiving family time is being squeezed out as stores open earlier and earlier in the day, promising those unbelievable bargains to early shoppers. I like the Christmas season as much as anybody—and more than a lot of people—but I’m already tired of bells jingling and announcers yelling at me to drop everything else and get shopping.

In the midst of all this I’d like to recommend a book that will help quiet our spirits and focus us on the real “reason for the season.” The book is A Eucharistic Christmas: Advent Meditations on the Presence of Christ. During Advent we sing again and again “O come, O Come, Emmanuel.” This book focuses on the fact that Emmanuel has already come and is with us in a tangible reality in the Eucharist. The little child whose birth we anticipate on Christmas is close at hand.

This book is meant to be used every day from December 1st through the 12 days of Christmas. Every day a short meditation is included taken from a well-known Catholic writer such as Archbishop Charles Chaput, Mike Aquilina, Johnnette Benkovic, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, and many others. Each meditation is followed by a short reflecton and prayer.

Because this is such a busy season, each day’s reading is short and able to be read in a few minutes. The focus is always on Jesus with us. How can we know him better? How can we prepare for Mass so that our encounter with him becomes a life-enriching encounter with his great love? How can we grow in our knowledge of him?

St Augustine said that the one thing God could not do is give us a gift greater than himself. In this season of gift-giving, open your heart to receive this gift of Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament, in a deeper way.


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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."