Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22, 2013
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
During the Christmas season our minds necessarily are turned to the birth of a poor child in a manger. There is something so human, so compelling about the Nativity scene. It is unique to our frail human condition and while at the same time so beyond imagination. God comes to us in a way which both beckons us to Him and makes us feel safe approaching the Creator of all things. This way is through a baby. Each time we see an infant we want to smile. We want to approach this human being which is so helpless and beautiful. But not all feel this way when they see a baby.
There are those women, increasing in number, who desperately want to have a child, but cannot because of infertility. Certainly this is not a new problem; the Scriptures are filled with stories of women who were “barren.” Since for the ancients, children were considered a blessing, such women were seen as cursed by God. Left to feel as if they were less than a woman or a wife. Continue Reading…