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Here’s a story that will warm your heart. A Polish POW who survived Nazi imprisonment still has a miniature Christmas tree he managed to smuggle into the camp, which he still lights every year. Janusz Kent, 87, lives in England and lights his tree in memory of his parents and the experiences he had as a youth.
Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of the Virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.
The message that we find in today’s video is clear enough: Christmas is about Jesus. Amongst all the gifts, the wrappings, the fruitcakes, the visits to Santa Clause, and everything else, don’t forget what’s most important: Jesus.
She lived in His presence. She still does. In every encounter, she surrendered to love and was changed. She was a woman prepared by God and continually surrendered to His love. This is the meaning of Mary. She is our model as well as our mother.
The message of today’s video is a scandalous one for many of our times. According to modern thinking, a “God” that is acceptable is one that doesn’t interfere with our affairs. God is “allowed” to work perhaps as a far away creator, or in the world of thoughts and ideas, or even as a source of morals and right living. The belief, however, that He became one of us, that He lived as we do, that He suffered as we do, is unacceptable.
Then, out of the blue, Michael said, “There’s going to be trouble ahead.”
Medjugorje is likely on the way to official shrine status, the suggestion of which is expected to be among the current Vatican Commission’s recommendations to Pope Benedict XVI.
“reflect on how the mystery of the Nativity informs our action throughout the year.”
The Gospel of life always contends with the forces of death and of evil. Pope John Paul II often warned us of an encroaching “culture of death” in our society. …