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The works of local Catholic artisans make meaning-filled Christmas gifts
Every year of their childhood on the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6, my friend Rebecca’s children awoke to a stack of rectangular wrapped gifts next to their shoes. St. Nicholas always brought them books. On Christmas we celebrate the Word Made Flesh. Why not savor beautiful words from great stories during this Advent and Christmas season to prepare your heart — and the hearts of those in your family — to receive the Word with joy?
Make a miter centerpiece in honor of this bishop who reminds us to care for the poor
I did not always like Ecclesiastes. For many years, I found this biblical book of reflections, traditionally attributed to King Solomon, disenchanting. God doesn’t speak directly in the book and it has a dark, almost melancholy tone. I felt as if Solomon was saying, “Can’t win, don’t try.” When I shared my complaints about Ecclesiastes with my pastor at the time, Father Jack Shrum, he told me simply, “You need to read it again.” It took me a while to do it, but I’m glad I did.
Tal vez suene extraño decir que Dios es humilde, para sugerir que el Dios que creó el cielo y la tierra, que ES eternamente y que sostiene todo en la palma de su mano, está ansioso de que lo conozcamos y seamos íntimos amigos suyos. Ese es un llamado muy alto y una gran expectativa, en especial cuando algunas religiones consideran a Dios ser eternamente inalcanzable y distante. Nosotros, los cristianos, sabemos que las cosas son muy distintas: Dios es humilde, Dios es amoroso, Dios es misericordioso y Dios quiere nuestra amistad. De hecho, nos ha creado para tener plenitud y estar en paz en una relación verdadera con Él.
Perhaps it sounds strange to say that God is humble, to suggest that the God who created heaven and earth, who eternally IS and who holds everything in the palm of his hand, is anxious for us to make his acquaintance and become his intimate friends. That is a tall order and quite an expectation, especially when some religions consider God to be eternally unreachable and distant. We Christians know that things are quite different: God is humble, God is loving, God is merciful, and God desires our friendship. In fact, he has created us to be fulfilled and at peace in a real relationship with him.
SEAVIEW – Dozens of parishioners at St. Mary Parish enjoyed a potluck on Epiphany Sunday to find out who spent the previous six weeks praying for them.