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Christmas: a pagan make-over?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
Deacon Robert Banet

You Christians are real opportunists.

What do you mean, Richard?

Take Christmas.  You took a pagan holiday and made it the birth of your Christ.

Well, not that that would  be a bad thing.  But that’s not the way it happened.

Tell me about it then.

There is a Jewish believe that a prophet would be conceived on the day he died.

That’s an odd belief.  But go ahead. I’m listening. Continue Reading…

Mary and Joseph head for the barn

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Monday of the Second Week in Advent
Deacon Robert Banet

Can’t you go any faster?

I’m going over the speed limit as it is, Mary.

This doesn’t look like the way to St. Margaret’s Hospital.

That’s right.  I’ve got a better idea.

I hope it’s better than this junk heap you bought.  Where are we headed? Continue Reading…

God is in the midst of chaos — even of messy families

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Fr. Joseph Eddy. Go to Fr. JosephFeast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Dec. 29, 2013

Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.

What a joyous time we can have during the Christmas season! The family all gathered around the table with everyone so well dressed. All the food looks sumptuous… everyone is smiling…. Okay, now it is time to get real!! In all likelihood this is not the family life that we know. Even if we worked incessantly to create this perfect Norman Rockwell Christmas, it would likely just be a façade covering over the many problems that family life brings. “Life is messy” as my mother would always say. We shouldn’t glorify the messiness or encourage it, but we do our best to deal with it.

This is what the Holy Family did. We can be tempted to look at Jesus’ family as perfect and unattainable. However, a closer look at the Gospel reveals a very complex and muddled situation for the Son of God to be born into. There were many obstacles and challenges for Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. Continue Reading…