Wishing You and your family Holy Christmas

24 12 2018

This Christmas, may you and your families experience the joy and peace proclaimed by the angels, and be ever more open to God’s wonderful surprises!’

In this busy season, we might ask ourselves how the Lord himself would like us to keep this feast.

If we look at the first Christmas, we see that it is full of God’s surprises. Mary is visited by an angel; Joseph is told to take her in, to become a father to her Child and to flee with the Holy Family to Egypt.

But the greatest surprise of all is that God himself becomes a little Child, born in humility and poverty.

Christmas changes our world. It speaks to us of God’s self-giving love that should inspire the way we live and relate to one another. It tells us that we best celebrate the Saviour’s birth by imitating Mary’s trusting faith and Joseph’s quiet openness to God’s will, and by opening our hearts to the Lord, who asks us to make room for him in our busy lives.

Amid the bustle of our Christmas

preparations, may we not forget the very One whose birth we are celebrating! And in worshiping the Son of God, born in the poverty of our flesh, may we be mindful of the poor and those in need all around us.

This Christmas, may you and your families experience the joy and peace proclaimed by the angels, and be ever more open to God’s wonderful surprises!

© Libreria Editrice Vaticana

DECEMBER 19, 2018 12:52

GENERAL AUDIENCE

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-reflects-on-christmas-during-general-audience/

Here is the Vatican-provided English-language summary of the Pope’s address at the General Audience this morning:

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Speaker:

Dear brothers and sisters: In a few days it will be Christmas.





The Rock First: Merry Christmas!

24 12 2013

The Rock First: Merry Christmas!

The was an expert in time management giving a lecture. To illustrate a point he took a large jar out form under the table and filled it with rocks.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. To which they relied yes.
He then took out another container of pebbles and filled in all the spaces between the rocks and asked the class if the jar was now filled. After a few moments of hesitation they said yes.
He then took out a container of sand and filled in the gaps between the pebbles and asked the same question.
After that be took out a container of water and filled in the gaps with water.
He then asked the class what was the lesson to be drawn from this experiment.
One student answered: no matter how full your time is, you can always fit in more.
The professor said that real lesson is that if you don’t put the rocks in first, they will never fit in later on.
Put God first and every other thing will fit. Merry Christmas

 








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