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I hope all your celebrations over Christmas were filled with much joy and blessings.

Jesus The Son of God was born on Christmas morn.  Love touched upon our world that very special day.  God is Love.  Jesus is love.

A new year has begun. 2016.  What is this year going to bring us?  Are we going to better our lives?  When opportunities come your way are you going to say yes?  I wonder what the political landscape in our country is going to look like.  Are we going to work on our interior lives?

May God guide each of your personal journeys in 2016.

 

Happy New Year!!

 

 

 

 

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Kevin and I have been blessed abundantly this Christmas season. We are extremely grateful to everyone who made this an incredibly fantastic holiday for us.

Due to my health issues and my inability to work at the present time we have been struggling financially. Our church gave us a few presents and a group of parishioners from church gave us an immensely generous monetary gift.  Plus, yesterday we received an extraordinary gift from two of my Aunts.

A few of my doctors suggested that I exercise. I thought about it and explained to the docs that since it is cold outside there is no way I could be outside for more than 10 minutes and since we only have one car I don’t know how often I could make it to a gym. I know that the Wii has interactive sports games as well as fitness workouts so I asked if I got a Wii would that be good? They fully supported my idea of getting a Wii. I found a company where I was able to purchase the Wii and make payments over time. The games on the Wii are awesome! I love playing the games!

The Lord has indeed blessed Kevin and I.  As we celebrate Jesus’ birth let us remember to keep Jesus alive in our hearts all year through.

I hope each of you had a blessed and very Merry Christmas. God Bless!

 

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From EWTN:

St Boniface, eighth-century Bishop

An interesting tradition, part history, part legend and very popular in Germany, claims that the Christmas tree dates back to the eighth century. This legend is based on a historical figure, St Boniface, and even a historical event, the destruction of Odin’s oak. St Boniface (675-754) was the English Bishop Winfrid who went to Germany in the eighth century, to Hesse to be precise, to preach the Christian faith as a missionary from the Church of Rome. After a period of apparently successful Gospel preaching, Boniface went to Rome to confer with Pope Gregory II (715-731). After a long absence, he returned to Geismar, Germany, for Christmas 723, and felt personally offended on discovering that the Germans had reverted to their former idolatry of pagan divinities and were preparing to celebrate the winter solstice by sacrificing a young man under Odin’s sacred oak tree. Fired by holy anger, as was Moses by the golden calf, Bishop Boniface took up an axe and dared to cut down the oak. This courageous, historically documented act meant the triumph of Christianity in Germany over the pagan divinities.

All this is historically documented. The rest belongs to the legend which tells how, at the first blow of the axe, a strong gust of wind instantly brought down the tree. The astounded Germans fearfully recognized the hand of God in this event and humbly asked Boniface how they should celebrate Christmas. The Bishop, the legend continues, pointed to a small fir tree that had miraculously remained upright and intact beside the debris and broken branches of the fallen oak. Boniface was familiar with the popular custom of taking an evergreen plant into the house in winter and asked everyone to take home a fir tree. This tree signifies peace, and as an evergreen it also symbolizes immortality; with its top pointing upwards, it additionally indicates heaven, the dwelling place of God.

Another legend is constituted by a famous hawthorn called the “Holy Thorn” that was found at Glastonbury Abbey in England and flowers at Christmas time. It was venerated as a “sacred relic” because a legend claims that it derived from a sprig that came from Jesus’ crown of thorns.

The legendary hawthorn survived for many centuries and was honoured as a
sacred relic. This flowering bush made a contribution of its own to the idea of a tree associated with the Christmas feast day.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

merry Christmas

Teresa and I want to wish all the readers of our blogs a very merry Christmas, and get this out to you before the day is over.  We are very grateful for our readers and fellow bloggers (especially fellow conservative bloggers), and we love all the positive feedback our work here generates.

We know you have heard it all before –  that True Meaning of Christmas stuff – but we keep hearing it because it bears repeating: the most important Christmas gift of all was Christ Himself, God’s ultimate gift to the world, His only Son.  I would like to add one more point, one often neglected.  I have gotten the impression over the years from those who reflect on the true meaning of Christmas think that it is about the moment when God became Incarnate, and that therefore the beginning of the Incarnation is what we are celebrating.  To those who are of that mind-set, it is worthwhile to remind you: the birth of Christ is not the beginning of the Incarnation.  The moment God became incarnate and took on human nature was celebrated by Catholics exactly nine months ago, and will celebrated again exactly three months from today: The Feast of the Annunciation!

Christ’s birth was not the beginning of His life as a man, a human being.    Human life begins at conception.  The nativity was the first moment that the Christ event became public.  It was the moment that God entered the larger human community as a fellow member.  Prior to that, throughout the pregnancy of the Blessed Mother, the Incarnation involved no one else as much as it involved the Virgin Mary.  God gave Christ to Mary first, and then, through Mary, to the rest of the world.  Or to put it another way, Our Lord Jesus is Himself the first Christmas gift which was given to us by God and the Blessed Virgin Mary, God’s Holy Mother.

Sic Deus Dilexit Mundum

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From Hymnary. org:

John Francis Wade (1711 – 16 August 1786) was an English hymnist who is credited with writing and composing the hymn “Adeste Fideles” (which was later translated to “O Come All Ye Faithful”).

Born either in England or in Douai, France, Wade fled to France after the Jacobite rising of 1745 was crushed. As a Catholic layman, he lived with exiled English Catholics in France for the rest of his life. There, he taught music and worked on church music for private use.

Jacobite symbolism
Professor Bennett Zon, Head of the Department of Music at Durham University, has noted that Wade’s Roman Catholic liturgical books were often decorated with Jacobite floral imagery, and argued that the texts had coded Jacobite meanings. Zon describes the hymn “Adeste Fideles” as a birth ode to Bonnie Prince Charlie replete with secret references decipherable by the “faithful”: the followers of the Pretender, James Francis Edward Stuart.

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